After winning the Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023 Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) student team Cloud Players recently won first prize in the Cloud track of the Asia Pacific Huawei ICT Competition. The team will represent the Asia-Pacific region in the global competition.
Huawei Asia-Pacific ICT Competition 2023 held in Jakarta, Indonesia recently. The competition attracted more than 4,800 Huawei ICT Academy students and teachers from 290 leading universities and colleges across 10 countries. With the theme of Connection, Glory and Future, the Huawei ICT Competition is a powerful tool that empowers students and teachers to stay ahead of the curve and drive innovation in the industry.
Opening the awards ceremony, Mr Zhang Zhengjun, Vice President of Huawei Asia Pacific (PACD), introduced Huawei’s PIPES talent development model in the region. “Standing for Platforms, Innovation, Professionalism, Experience and Skills, PIPES is designed to provide tailored training programmes for individuals from all walks of life, including the young generation, government officials, ICT practitioners, entrepreneurs and the general public. With PIPES, we are establishing a robust talent pipeline, not just for ourselves but also for the digital future of the entire region,” he explained.
Professor Isabella Poon Wai-yin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, expressed her pride in the outstanding performance of the CUHK students. The university is dedicated to innovative scientific research and will strive to leverage its advantages as a cradle of knowledge to accelerate the development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong and cultivate talents to contribute to society.
Ms Sunny Ding, Director of the Channel & Alliance Dept at Huawei’s Hong Kong Enterprise Business Group, added that the Asia-Pacific region is a thriving hub for the digital economy, but it has also witnessed a widening gap in ICT talent. “Huawei is committed to cultivating talents for the ICT industry that can meet the demands of digital transformation. We partnered with the Chinese University of Hong Kong on training and cooperation in the ICT Academy, ICT Competition, ICT courses and Smart Campus, aiming to give impetus to the digital transformation of education. By the end of 2022, Huawei Hong Kong had provided training to four local colleges and universities through the ICT Academy and ICT Competition, including AI, cloud services, cloud computing, 5G and more. We have trained more than 70 teachers and more than 1,500 students in the past two years.”
Huawei is dedicated to investing in the creation of a robust talent ecosystem. To that end, it has made more than 300 courses and more than 700 programmes available for free, and can accommodate more than 100,000 students learning online simultaneously. It will continue to collaborate with government organisations, higher education institutions and industry partners to promote the growth and employment of ICT talents in the region.
Remarks: Cloud Players team members include Zhang Wenyu, a fourth-year PhD in statistics, Zhang Haoyu, who is in year one of studying for an MS in information engineering, and Chu Chun-to, a fifth-year undergraduate from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.