Kenyan students awarded first prize in global ICT competition

By Nyaboga Kiage On Wed, 20 Jan, 2021 15:05 | 2 mins read

Three Kenyan students were on Wednesday awarded the first prize in a global technology competition undertaken by Huawei.

In a statement, Huawei said that the teams competed under a network and innovation track team which was awarded the first and third prize.

Another team identified as Mazingira was awarded third place prize in a ceremony that was held at Serena Hotel and officiated by Amb Simon Nabukwesi who is the Principal Secretary of the State Department for University Education and Research in the Ministry of Education.

The students were awarded medals and certificates. In addition, they also received a variety of Huawei products and exam vouchers.

“The ICT Competition is a unique contribution that the private sector can provide that significantly enhances the quality of our ICT education. We recognize the need for different formats that are practical and hands-on to complement the theory,” Amb Nabukwesi said.

In the recent past, Huawei has partnered with several institutions which include University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Laikipia University, Oshwal College, Catholic University and Multimedia University of Kenya.

The partnerships are in a bid to drive the digital inclusion agenda in an effort to bridge the digital divide by reaching over 5,000 students and 100 lectures since 2018.

“Huawei has played an important in the development of ICT Talent in these countries for many years now, and we are seeing the efforts from us as well as from governments and other partners pay off. Investing in education is not only our social responsibility but also our business priority to help grow the ICT sector and to help grow the economies of the countries in which we work,” Mr. Frank Yang, Vice President of Huawei Southern Africa Region said.

Evans Ngeny, whose team was awarded the 1st prize under the Network Track, noted that the competition has provided great career opportunities and attributed the award to the support provided by various teams including the Huawei fraternity, the ICT Academy and the universities.

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