Huawei announces winners of its Middle East ICT Competition in Qatar

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: The national winners of the fifth edition of the annual Huawei Middle East ICT Competition in Qatar have been announced, with winning teams qualifying for the regional finals later this month. 

Held in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the 2021 edition of the Competition attracted 150 students from 5 universities, targeted at nurturing and empowering a future generation of local ICT talent to effectively contribute to Qatar national digitisation, strategic plans and visions.

The winners of this year's national Competition in Qatar are Syed Dabeeruddin from Texas A&M University at Qatar, Hanaa Loutfy Abbas from Hamad bin Khalifa University, Mahir Harron from College of the North Atlantic – Qatar and Salem Yousuf Al Khater from Community College of Qatar. The team composed of Hanaa Loutfy Abbas, Mahir Haroon and Salem Yousuf Al Khater will be accompanied by academic mentor, Assistant Professor in Cyber and Network Security Abdullah Al-Ghushami from Community College of Qatar. They have each received valuable prizes and certificates, with the chance to win $20,000 in prize money within the upcoming Middle East regional final, along with other certificates and accolades, with the opportunity to compete in the global finals.

Commenting on the competition initiative by Huawei, Dr. Khalid Abdulla Al Ali, Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education said:“The key to achieving digital transformation is collaboration between industry, government, academia, and technology companies. We are proud to be part of this ambitious initiative which has consistently raised the bar in ICT competition in the country while exposing our students to global standards of innovation and best practices'. 

Congratulating the winners, Liam Zhao, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Gulf North said:“The level of competition was exceptionally high this year, evidence of the incredible ICT talent available in Qatar. Not only are the youth becoming more acquainted with the latest technologies, but they are applying these into practical solutions that can deliver true value to society. As Qatar undergoes a rapid digital transformation, we will continue to support the youth with the necessary skills to propel industry and the economy forward'. 

Held under the theme of 'Connectivity, Honor, Future', this year's ICT Competition attracted thousands of college and university students from Qatar and the wider Middle East. Amongst other goals, it aims to cultivate ICT talent among college students worldwide, and equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in an evolving knowledge based digital economy and contribute to the socio economic growth.



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