Huawei held a road show – hosted by the Discipline of Computer Science – on the Westville campus to showcase its ICT skills competition.
Huawei provided information on the competition, helped students register for it and gave away prizes.
The competition is a global contest aimed at fostering a closer working relationship with academic institutions as well as building an international platform for ICT talent exchange. It is open to university and college students with the goal of encouraging improved learning, teaching, and development.
Huawei hopes it will also assist them connect better with universities, colleges, and especially students with marketable talents.
The competition is being held in four stages during which students will have access to Huawei learning material and be registered to attend free boot camps. Students will also have an opportunity to write a career certification exam.
The top six students in South Africa participate in a regional final in which they will compete with students from different parts of Southern Africa. The winners then go on to represent southern Africa and take part in the international final.
Ms Tsholofelo Llale of the Huawei South Africa Enterprise Business Service Department said she was very pleased with the response from ICT students at UKZN as more than 300 had registered for the contest. Llale said the competition was a great opportunity for students to get an internationally recognised career certificate which would help them compete for good jobs in the ICT industry.
Academic leader of Computer Science at UKZN Professor Serestina Viriri was also satisfied with the response.
Words: Anban Pillay