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World's Biggest Data Brains Converge on China for ICT Challenge


Over 7,500 global students whittled down to just 96 for two-day event in Shenzhen

World's Biggest Data Brains Converge on China for ICT Challenge
Shenzhen, China, March 01, 2017 --(PR.com)-- The best ICT students from across the globe flew to China this week to pit their brains against each other in a challenge that highlights the skills needed for a connected world.

Each had undertaken a gruelling selection process to test their knowledge of IP and IT subjects, to be eligible for the trip.

Huawei, known for its mobile phones, hosted 32 China teams, including six overseas teams, from across the globe at the inaugural event (25-26 February) at its Shenzhen HQ, including teams from Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, Russia, and Western Europe.

They undertook an eight-hour practical challenge that thoroughly tests their knowledge of routers, switching, security, WLAN, plus cloud, storage and Big Data.

The students are members of the Huawei ICT Academy, a worldwide not-for-profit programme that encourages the next generation of ICT professionals for a better connected world.

Of the 150m people across the globe who work in ICT industries, just under 3m are estimated to work in professional or certified roles (1).

Lintuo Wu, Huawei ICT Academy director, said: “The pan-global growth in internet start-ups suggests ICT talent is thriving, however, the opposite is the case. Businesses, particularly those in smaller countries, struggle to find people with the right ICT skills to deal with security, the cloud and data storage.

“Training the next generation of IT professionals to understand how to handle the staggeringly large amounts of information we produce is a significant challenge. The Huawei ICT Academy hopes to influence the upskilling of the global ICT workforce through educational opportunities, to create a better ICT talent ecosystem.”

Pallavi Malhotra, Huawei ICT Academy manager, said: “More and more university students, and those wanting to embark on an ICT career realise they need the full suite of academic knowledge and practical know-how to enter the current ICT workplace. Huawei ICT Academy qualifications provide the foundations, from routers or switching, to cloud computing, or security, to help students find those roles. We can also provide a career path for ICT professionals right up to certification, to enable them to aim for middle to senior level positions.”

References:

(1) “GIC 2020 Skills Assessment” published 2015 by IPPP, International Professional Practice Partnership

About Huawei ICT Academy

The Huawei ICT Academy is part of a number of Huawei outreach programmes to enrich life and improve efficiency around the world.

Huawei works with over 200 global colleges and universities, including the University of Reading in the UK, University of Sydney in Australia, University of Alicante in Spain, National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) in Pakistan, and University of São Paulo in Brazil City University of Hong Kong, and has trained over 200,000 students up to 2016.

To date, Huawei has provided cloud services to over 2,500 customers in the government and public utility, telecom, energy, and finance sectors across 108 countries and regions, deploying more than 1.4 million virtual machines. It has also built 660 data centers worldwide, including 255 cloud data centers.

Its ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. With more than 170,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a better connected world.
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