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Jordanian tech talent head for Huawei Middle East ICT Competition regional final

By JT - Dec 23,2020 - Last updated at Dec 23,2020

AMMAN — The national winners in Jordan from this year’s Huawei Middle East ICT Competition, held in partnership with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship and Chinese embassy in Jordan, have now been announced, with one teams — comprising three students and one teacher — participating in the regional finals of this year’s event.

The annual competition welcomes thousands of college and university students from Jordan and the wider Middle East, enhancing students’ future employment through knowledge sharing on the latest ICT developments, according to a Huawei statement.

Due to physical distancing rules, this year’s Huawei Middle East ICT Competition saw students participate virtually in the annual competition.

All registered students took part in a preliminary competition and training enablement, followed by a national exam that was held online.

The winners of this year’s competition were Zaid Jarrar, Lana Al Masri, and Yazan Al Yaqoub. They received honors such as a Huawei certification and other awards.

This year’s winning teams were chosen from a field of 15 finalists in Jordan, who competed following the preliminary round involving more than 190 competition entries from 16 universities.

Congratulating the winners, Paul Feng, CEO of Huawei Levant, said: “Our congratulations go out to the winning national teams as well as everyone who participated in this year’s competition. Such robust participation has demonstrated the immense capacity for Jordan’s youth to combine innovation and creativity in using digital solutions”.

“Building local ICT talent is an investment in the future of the country itself, and will ultimately equip Jordan to better pursue digital transformation, their national development plans, and ambitious visions. This year’s competition was well-received amongst the student community in Jordan, who adapted to the virtual edition with great ease, demonstrating their flexibility and innovative spirit,” Feng added.

Minister of the Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmad Hanandeh said: “The Huawei Middle East ICT Competition is an exceptional platform to foster an interest in this essential sector. We are proud to have supported this initiative once again, as we believe in the value of nurturing young talent who will represent a connected future for our country.”

Huawei is committed to growing the global ICT talent ecosystem by investing in youth and providing development and training opportunities that will enable them to become leaders in the ICT field, the statement said.

Through this worldwide social responsibility initiative, Huawei seeks to enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of and interest in the technology sector, and to encourage regional participation in the growth of the digital community and economy, according to the statement.

In 2020 specifically, virtual activities such as skills-development training and roadshows have been conducted in coordination with Huawei’s state-of-the-art labs and leveraging Huawei’s global experts worldwide. The addition of an Innovation Competition in 2020 has also helped raise the bar in promoting local innovation, supporting participants in using cutting-edge ICT platforms to create valuable and meaningful applications for society, the statement said.

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