Huawei Sri Lanka together with Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (SLIC) recently accoladed the top twenty national winners among the Sri Lankan University talents who excelled at the Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022 titled “Connection-Glory-Future”.
The twenty winners were from seven different universities, and the first prize of the each track went to University of Moratuwa and Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. The awarding ceremony was graced with presence of State Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation Dr. Seetha Arambepola, Commissioner of Sri Lanka Inventors Commission,Prof. N. M. S.Sirimuthu, Huawei Sri Lanka CEO Liang Yi, officials, and the participated universities.
The winners from Sri Lanka will form two teams to represent Sri Lanka during the regional phase of the Competition in this year and compete for the grand prize globally. Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022 is the country’s most competitive first ever ICT knowledge competition that gives opportunity for Sri Lankan University students to take part at a regional and global level conducted by theglobal leading ICT company. In Sri Lanka, Huawei ICT competition drew 247 competitors from 29 universities, enhancing the students’ ICT knowledge as well as practical and application skills, and ultimately, inspiring innovation which will be mandatory to the future growth of Sri Lanka’s ICT industry.
State Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation Dr. Seetha Arambepola said that “ICT talent development among the schools, colleges and universities from early stages of education is a key in the modern era as the ICT industry is connected with technologies that we use in our day to day life and that as a result most of the future demand for jobs will be created in the ICT industry”.
We are grateful to see Huawei has taken this initiative of Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022, and I would like to see further cooperation of this kind to enable our youth talent to shine in the global ICT industry” Minister Dr. Arambepola said.
Commissioner of Sri Lanka Inventors Commission, Prof. N. M. S. Sirimuthu highlighted on the need for cooperation between Universities and corporates: “The ICT competitions will encourage our students to study from the business perspectives and prepare them for their future inventions after they graduate from universities. We sincerely wish that more students and companies can join in the initiatives to gradually uplift the skills development for our next generations.”After the event, the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission will enhance future cooperation with Huawei with regards of ICT competitions.
“As a leading ICT solution provider Huawei Sri Lanka considers one of our top priority is future-proofing the Sri Lanka’s digital economy through scaling the youth talent pool. Whilst Sri Lanka’s universities continue to produce talented ICT practitioners that have supported the country’s economic progress so far, we believe the demand for scenario-specific ICT solutions is accelerating and thus, we must continue investing in talent development to ensure that ICT companies have access to the qualified personnel they need to pursue their transformation goals” Huawei Sri Lanka CEO Liang Yi said.