The launch of the fourth edition of the “Information and Communication...

The launch of the fourth edition of the “Information and Communication...
The launch of the fourth edition of the “Information and Communication...
The fourth edition of the Information and Communication Technology Competition, sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, organized by Huawei, has been launched.

This edition aims to stimulate innovative thought among university students and accelerate their integration with advanced technology to enhance their competencies and upgrade their skills and experiences in order to support the digital transformation process in the Kingdom.

Thousands of university students are expected to participate in the period between October and December in the competition, which will be held online for the first time in compliance with social distancing measures. All universities in the Kingdom are participating in the current year’s session of the competition, which is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

This year’s edition of the competition is characterized by the addition of a qualitative addition to a new competitive branch in the field of innovation, which will be experienced by selected teams from specific universities who present their innovative projects for approval and implementation. The competition, in which universities and educational institutions in the Middle East participate, focuses on enhancing the capabilities of students and teachers to enable them to use innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing and big data to provide society with innovations that support development plans.

The most prominent objectives of the Information and Communication Technology Competition in the Kingdom are to prepare the next generation of technology leaders and to enhance the ICT ecosystem in the Kingdom by nurturing local talents that can keep pace with the thinking and requirements of the smart age to contribute to the completion of social and economic development plans and to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s national strategies and visions, foremost among which is the Building a sustainable and knowledge-based digital economy.

Programs and initiatives organized by the private sector, such as the Huawei ICT Competition in the Middle East, contribute to supporting the ambitious visions and strategies of Saudi Arabia by building advanced skills and expertise for the new generation of technology, and enhancing local innovation capabilities in an appropriate environment that provides all the requirements for prosperity for the communications and information technology sector in particular. .

Ibrahim bin Nasser Al-Nasser, Director General of the Digital Innovation Center at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology emphasized that the communications and information technology sector plays a very important role in enhancing the competitiveness and economic strength of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The General Director of Human Resources for Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Faisal bin Ayyad Al-Otaibi noted that enhancing the skills of young people and providing them with the necessary knowledge to contribute to advancing the social and economic development in the Kingdom is among the priorities that should be taken care of through constructive cooperation and open partnership between the public and private sectors, stressing their commitment to developing The technical sector in the Kingdom by nurturing young talent and building an open collaborative ecosystem for the communications and information technology sector.

On his part, Adviser for Economic and Trade Affairs of the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Zhao Liu Chen, said: “We value our relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has always been our partner in many fields and our endeavors. By working together on initiatives such as developing talent and promoting the ICT sector, we can develop great value for our society. ”

The competition contributes to bridging the gap between educational curricula and the job market, thus providing more job opportunities for students in the future. The training courses and competition program this year focus on modern technologies such as fifth generation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data storage, and enhancing communication between talented youth in the region with their colleagues from all over the world. The competition is considered one of the auxiliary channels for the current efforts made by governments, universities and educational institutions in the field of talent discovery and support to prepare future leaders who will be responsible for leading the development process by relying on technology.

This year’s session comes in light of the growing role of the communications and information technology sector, which has proven effective in building smart societies in the Kingdom and finding developmental and business development solutions, especially in the time of the outbreak of the Corona pandemic and the necessities of finding solutions that ensure the continuation of public services and business and the requirements of economic recovery in the next stage.

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