Huawei Sri Lanka, in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Technology, Board of Investment, ICTA, Dialog Innovation Foundry, AIESEC Sri Lanka, University Leo Club of Moratuwa, launches the award ceremony of the second Huawei ICT competition at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombe. The twenty winners came from eight different universities, and the top prize in each track went to the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
Huawei ICT Competition is a major CSR program with universities in Sri Lanka under the Huawei Asia Pacific Academy. This year, the second Huawei ICT Competition in Sri Lanka, with two streams – Network and Cloud, set a new participation record by attracting nearly 1,000 students from more than 50 universities across the country. This competition mainly assesses students’ ICT knowledge, practical skills and teamwork. Two winning teams will represent Sri Lanka to compete in the upcoming global competition along with talent from other countries.
Dr. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Education, commented at the event, “With a mission to transform the digital economy embedded in Sri Lanka, making Sri Lanka a smart nation, the government is committed to implement data-driven digital government services that bring more convenience to members of the public with the use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, big data and data analytics spatial”.
He added, “We really appreciate Huawei’s efforts for their role as a key partner and contributor to Sri Lanka’s digital transformation initiatives and their collaborations with us to help young people in the country improve their digital skills. The Huawei ICT Competition is one of the few national programs that can help young people connect and promote innovation on such a large scale so that they, in turn, can give back and create greater value in the digital society. As an annual event for university students in Sri Lanka, the competition provides a platform for communication, promotes ICT technologies in universities and sets an example for cooperation between universities and industry”.
“Along with investment in infrastructure, developing talented ICT talent is key to success for Sri Lanka to become the region’s leading digital economy. That is why we are committed to nurturing local talent by ICT and improve the country’s competitiveness,” said Tao Guangyao, CEO of Huawei Sri Lanka.
In 2021, Huawei established the Huawei Asia-Pacific Academy in Sri Lanka, a CSR initiative to nurture young Sri Lankan ICT talent for the next five years. This CSR initiative focuses on three areas: university cooperation, professional training and inclusive digital.
Under the theme “Connection, Glory, Future”, the Huawei ICT competition brings together governments, higher education institutions, training institutions and industrial enterprises to promote the training, growth and employment of young professionals. ICT talent from universities and colleges, helping the ICT talent ecosystem thrive.