Winners from Guangdong, China and South Africa share the podium
Winners from Guangdong, China and South Africa share the podium

A team from Guangdong, China and South Africa share honours and win 1st prize after beating the best talent around the world in a global ICT skill competition held in Shenzhen, China this weekend.

The winning teams consisted of three students each that competed against 7500 global contenders and were named the best ICT students in the world in the Huawei 2016-2017 ICT Skill Competition. Overall 12,000 students around the world registered for the challenge.

The competitors sat through an eight-hour test, which evaluated their knowledge of IP and ICT subjects including routers, switching, security, WLAN, cloud, storage and Big Data. 

Four teams from Hunan, Tianjin, Shandong and Hubei provinces came in second place. Nine teams achieved third place, comprising eight teams from China and one from Russia. A total of 32 teams competed, including six overseas teams from Russia, Western Europe, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.

“Cloud, Big Data and security are becoming very significant issues for enterprises which need to recruit enough ICT talent with the knowledge and skills for such technologies. So far we have trained over 200,000 students to help us meet our goal of 800,000 ICT workers across the world. The problem is there are not enough trained and skilled people across the globe for these jobs, especially at the higher end of the knowledge scale, such as for Huawei's HCIE, a gold-medal equivalent qualification, the highest standard achievable, for systems integration. Huawei ICT Academy is working to address that imbalance by creating a talent ecosystem that invests in the industry, develops training materials and courses with universities, and ultimately increases the number of students who can go on to have fulfilling ICT careers across the world,” said Maolu Sun from Huawei's Enterprise BG Service Department.