The recently concluded Global Final of the Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023, held at the Headquarters of Huawei in Shenzhen, China, witnessed a remarkable display of talent and success by Pakistani students. This event was a significant milestone as it marked the first competition since 2019, attracting 146 teams from 36 countries worldwide.
The ICT Competition garnered massive participation, with over 120,000 students representing more than 2,000 universities across 74 countries and regions. This widespread involvement underscores the global significance of competition in information and communication technology.
Pakistani teams showcased their expertise in the Network Track, securing notable prizes. The second award in the ‘Network Track’ was awarded to Muhammad Faeez, Faheem Yar Khuhawar, and Asad Anwer students of Mehran University of Engineering & Technology Jamshoro, with Maryam Fareed student of Lahore College for Women’s University. Their exceptional skills outshone other global teams, earning them this prestigious recognition.
Furthermore, a team including Fatima Shafique student of the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology Jamshoro, Eman Yaqoob student of Lahore College for Women University, Umar Raza student of FAST University Islamabad, and Muhammad Zubair student of the University of Engineering & Technology Lahore secured 3rd award in the ‘Network Track’. Their outstanding performance exemplified the talent and dedication of Pakistani students in the field of ICT.
Moreover, Pakistani teams achieved success in the Innovation Track. Team Glam, consisting of Moaaz Tameer, Sidra Farooqui, and Hasan Ali Khattak, and Team Quran Ustads, including Minhal Zafar, Muhammad Shaheer, Noor-ul-ain, and Hyder Ali from FAST – National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad, secured the third award in the Innovation Track. Their innovative ideas and solutions demonstrated their ability to contribute to technological advancements.
The competition also witnessed a notable increase in female participation, with women accounting for over 21% of contestants, marking an 8% rise compared to three years ago. This upward trend reflects the growing inclusivity and diversity within the ICT field, as more women seize opportunities to showcase their skills and contribute to the digital landscape.
Shunli Wang, Vice President of Huawei Middle East & Central Asia, congratulated all the winning teams from the Middle East and emphasized the pivotal role of digital talents and skills in the future plans and visions of Middle Eastern countries. Huawei remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting local talents, growing ICT education help, and constructing a strong ICT ecosystem to push digital economic growth in the region.
Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, conveyed her good wishes for the Huawei ICT Competition, recognizing its role in enhancing students’ digital skills and promoting sustainable development. UNESCO fully supports Huawei’s efforts to enhance global connectivity and digital skills within the education industry.
The achievements of Pakistani teams were not the sole standout performances in the competition. Teams from the UAE and Kazakhstan clinched the first prize in the ‘Network Track’, while teams from Iraq, Jordan, and Bahrain secured the second prize. In the Network Track, Saudi Arabia’s team was honored with the third prize, showcasing the multifarious talents and skills demonstrated by participants from diverse countries. Besides, teams from Jordan and Kazakhstan attained the third prize in the Cloud and Innovation tracks, respectively.
The Huawei ICT Competition serves as a platform for college students worldwide to compete, collaborate, and exchange ideas in the ICT field. Since its inception in 2015, the competition has attracted over 580,000 students from 85 countries and regions, fostering a global community of digital talents.
Huawei’s commitment to developing digital skills and literacy goes beyond the competition. Through partnerships with 2,200 universities globally, Huawei has established Huawei ICT Academies, training over 200,000 students annually. Till 2026, the company aims to establish 7,000 total Huawei ICT Academies, with the objective of training over 1 million students each year, contributing to a more inclusive and dynamic digital world.
Huawei has recreated a meaningful role in promoting ICT talents in the Middle East region, having trained over 150,000 individuals. Collaborating with partners, the company continues to make significant strides in achieving an even greater impact. Over 57,000 students have acquired Huawei certifications, validating their skills and knowledge in the field. There are 186 Huawei ICT Academies in China, further solidifying Huawei’s commitment to promoting digital literacy and skills development.