BEIRUT, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A competition on information and communications technology (ICT) held by Chinese telecom giant Huawei is among the latest experiences offered by China to Lebanese telecom and computer engineering students.
In early November, a team of three Lebanese Telecom engineering and computer students traveled to the international tech hub of Shenzhen, China, to compete in the regional final of Huawei Middle East ICT Competition after passing an online test in Lebanon.
The regional final competition will be held on Saturday, which lasts seven hours.
The event aims to support Lebanon's national ICT capabilities and the government's priority to nurture a generation of leaders ready to drive digital transformation, according to Huawei, a leading global provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices.
"I am very excited about this new opportunity because it will give me a better insight about Huawei's work and the projects that the company is involved in," Kamar Ghandour, a computer and communication engineering at the Lebanese University, told Xinhua.
Ghandour said she feels that she is carrying a huge responsibility because she will represent Lebanon in the competition.
"My team and I have done our best by studying hard for this competition," she said.
Rami El Kadri, a telecom student at the American University of Science and Technology, said he takes part in the competition as he believes it will be provide him with a great experience.
"It will allow me to learn from people at Huawei and from regional competitors. It will enable me to see how other teams work, and most importantly how Huawei works," he said.
As for Karim Reda, who is majoring in telecom engineering and computer science at the Lebanese University, said his friend won this competition two years ago and encouraged him to participate.
"It is also a fun experience to get to see another country and learn from it," he said.
Huawei Middle East ICT Competition in Lebanon was launched in September this year.
More than 200 students from reputable universities registered to the preliminary phase which includes an online test that covers advanced technologies such as: routing & switching, security, wireless LAN, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data, and 5G.
Top 25 students got a free training from Huawei experts and attended the national final stage, which is a laboratory exam on Huawei's Simulator eNSP.
The top three students succeeded in making it to the regional competition which will witness the participation of several teams from the Middle East region.
The four teams that win the regional competition in the Middle East will be able to take part in the competition on the global level.
The winning team on the regional level will win 30,000 U.S. dollars in addition to gifts from Huawei.
The Lebanese team ranked 1st in the regional competition in 2017 while in 2018, it ranked in the second place.
"The Lebanese are very talented so we are looking forward to the first rank this year," said Mohamad Sharara, public relations and governmental affairs director of the Huawei Lebanon Office.
Sharara explained that this contest is one way to bridge the gap between the academic environment and work field in telecom.
"Our work with Huawei made us notice that some university graduates to join telecom companies do not have a proper understanding about how to apply their studies into the real technology world. So this contest aims to enlighten students and bring them in touch with real technology world," he said.
Sharara noted that Huawei tends to pick the most talented students to be part of its team in the company based on its needs for employees.
"Of course we cannot say that all winners will join Huawei, it all depends on our needs," he said, adding that this competition will offer students the possibility to be exposed to other countries and their profiles will be known to Huawei as well other leading companies.