Each year, Huawei organizes ICT Skills competition in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ICT Competition is a competitive ICT talent exchange program developed globally for universities. It aims to promote the healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem and support the integration of industry and education. It targets to provide students with a platform to compete and acquire certification in order to enhance their ICT knowledge, practical and application skills, and raise their innovation awareness. Huawei has partnered with University of Nairobi to drive the digital inclusion agenda in its efforts to bridge the digital.
At University of Nairobi ICT Academy, Huawei technical certification are offered to UoN students. This year 2021, the students who registered for the ICT Competition and passed their preliminary exam on 1st November 2021 were 17 in total. The students have already been invited for an online boot-camp and they will be competing in the National Final on 11th December 2021. From National Final stage, nine teams will be selected to proceed to Regional Final stage and the next best six teams will receive awards including internship, certification & training and Huawei devices.
The competition is a practice based competition and students can choose either a Network or Cloud track. Under the Network track students compete in networking technologies including Routing and Switching, Security and WLAN while the Cloud Track features newer technologies such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cloud Service, Storage and Artificial Intelligence.
University of Nairobi students have participated in the Huawei ICT Competition since its launch in 2018 and has produced some of the best awarded top talents in the Regional Final stages and Global Final stage in China. In 2020, Two Kenyan teams of 3 students each won 1st place at the Global Final round which was organized virtually due to the global pandemic. 15 other countries within the Sub Saharan Region including Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania are also participating in the 2021 competition.
Click here and see a summary of how students performed per University in the Preliminary Exam of the Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022.