(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- Huawei on Sunday launched the ICT Skill Competition Oman 2017 at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). This is part of the launch of Huawei's Middle East ICT Skill Competition. Huawei is organising a roadshow at universities in Muscat, Nizwa, Sharqiyah, Salalah, Sohar, Sur and Ibri from September 21-28 as part of the competition.
Leo Hong, CEO of Huawei Oman
After the roadshow, there will be preliminaries and a National Final. The International Final will be held at Huawei's headquarters in China. The competition was launched at a ceremony in the presence of H E Dr Muna bint Salim al Jardaniyah, Undersecretary for Technical Education and Vocational Training in the Ministry of Manpower; H E Dr Suad bint Mohammed al Lawati, vice chairperson of the State Council; H E Yu Fulong, Ambassador of China to Oman; Saeed bin Nasser al Saadi, advisor to Oman's Minister of Manpower; Mohammed al Ismaili, vice president of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA); Maryam Salim al Masroory, director, Centre for Career Guidance, SQU and Leo Hong, CEO of Huawei Oman. Addressing the gathering, Hong said, 'It is an international programme that provides opportunities to students of information and communication technology to showcase their IT skills by providing them a platform to compete at the national and international levels.'
After completion of all rounds of the competition, top three winners will attend the international final in China. 'Huawei will grant the Oman winners an exclusive chance to meet the brand's leadership. They will gain unrivalled exposure to Huawei's expertise in telecommunication, enterprise and consumer business.
'The future vision (Oman 2020) aims at the development of human resources and Omanis' capabilities to keep up with technical development, manage the changes therein with high efficiency and face the ever-changing domestic and global conditions.
'Huawei ICT skill competition will support this target and benefit universities and students at a great level. Future growth is aimed after developing ICT knowledge and skills in students. National competitiveness will be increased through developing ICT talent in Oman. Upgradation of teaching methods and connectivity with the industrial development will be focused too.'
Huawei started its journey in 2003 in Oman. 'Over the years, we developed partnerships with key stakeholders and today we have an enterprise with more than 350 talented employees across the sultanate.
'In the past years, we not only focused on the innovation but also contributed in knowledge transfer in Oman. TRA, service providers, Huawei and universities have collaborated on numerous initiatives in knowledge transfer and innovations,' Hong said. He said that over the next five to ten years, new ICT technologies will continue to reshape the world and fuel the next wave of digitalisation.
'Adapting to the digital era will pose a huge challenge to all of us. At Huawei, we believe that innovation and well-developed human capital can help enterprises to maintain a competitive edge and succeed in the future.
'In Oman, Huawei is committed to working with the government, academia, and business community towards Vision 2020. This is our mission and we hope to achieve it through joint efforts with our partners. I hope the opening of this competition today will bring us one step forward in this mission.'
Registration for the competition will continue till October 10. To register for the contest, visit
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