The premiere University of Ibadan, UI, as one of the foremost universities in Nigeria, has again, added another glowing feather to its numerous achievements as the institution emerged winner of the 2020 Huawei ICT Global Challenge held in Ibadan.
The competition, which had University of Ibadan, alongside ABU and UNIPORT, as global champions in the Network and Cloud categories, the 2(two) other tertiary institutions however, surrendered to the intelligence of the UI team, which resulted in UI’s emergence as the winner of the 2020 edition.
The Huawei ICT Global Challenge, is a competitive ICT ‘Talent Exchange’ event, created by Huawei, is geared towards a healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem, among university students globally. The 2020 edition of the competition which was held at the UI campus, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, admitted only 200 students physically into the hall of event, while other interested students gained access to the competition virtually.
Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Country Manager, Mr. Kenneth Igwe, one of the brains behind the ‘Talent Ecosystem Development’ initiative, said, the excellent performance of UI’s students, shows that students of the tertiary institution are, talented, skilled, creative, gifted, passionate and zealous for ICT; needed today, for sustainable developments.
Huawei Country Manager, Igwe, who was obviously pleased with the students’ performance, stated that, a project, ‘Huawei Partners’, which will involve the collaboration of the University of Ibadan, alongside at least other 10 companies, is in the pipeline.
Mr. Igwe said, the ‘Huawei Partners’ project, which is meant to ‘deep hands’ into the talent resources that abound in UI, will also give room for internship, graduate training and employment opportunities for graduates of the institution.
He affirmed his commitment to developing UI’s ICT unit; and stressed his readiness to coach students in preparation for the 2021 global edition.
In addition, Mr. Igwe promised to establish a digital academy in the University. He encouraged the management of the tertiary institution to propose a date to organize students’ job fair and to discuss the proposal for the establishment of the digital academy within the campus.
In response, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola, who thanked the representatives of Huawei, for taking into cognizance, the excellent performance of UI students in the 2020 Huawei global competition, and for their indication to having enduring relationship with the University, declared that, UI is also ready to collaborate with Huawei in its ‘Huawei Partners’ project; a project meant to accommodate internship students, graduate training students and that might likely create job opportunities for UI ICT graduates.
Prof. Ekanola stressed that UI’s system of merit-driven policy, helped the students to achieve the feat, as it has always been in other competitions attended.
“Huawei’s desire to coach UI’s students and host an academy in the University is due to the impression created by the performance of UI’s students in the last competition. This success and other feats are achieved due to the system of our merit-driven policy of admitting students and dedicated staff.
He added that, since ICT is needed in achieving sustainable goals, and a great tool for teaching, learning, research and administrative work, the campus community, is ever ready, to collaborate with Huawei on this new development; which hopefully, will be an enduring one.
The 3 (three) students, who made UI proud, despite currently participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, are: Toheeb Adeniyi Badiru, Bolaji Olaide Abideen and Sulaiman Damilare Olubiyi, all from the Department of Electrical Electronics, under the Faculty of Technology of the University.