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Huawei Raises Bar for Indonesian Digital Talent Cultivation as Indonesia Hosts Asia-Pacific ICT Competition 2023


Global ICT provider Huawei has propped up its support to the development of Indonesia’s ICT talents to a new height as it organizes this year’s sixth edition of the Asia Pacific ICT Competition 2023 in Indonesia, introducing a new talent development model towards the establishment of a robust talent pipeline of the digital future across the region. 

Over 4,800 students and lecturers from 290 leading universities and colleges across 10 countries and regions, take part in the two-day Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023 Regional Finals.

In his keynote speech, Gen. (Ret.) Moeldoko, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office (KSP), underlined that human development has become President Joko Widodo’s priority program. Indonesia needs to prepare 9 million digital talents by 2030. “Indonesian digital talents have the opportunity to compete in the global arena if we let them be trained and prepared well. I warmly welcome Huawei's initiative to hold the Huawei Asia Pacific ICT competition/ in Indonesia so that it can further shape the digital ecosystem and motivate digital talents in Indonesia. The Huawei ICT competition can also be an effective platform in scouting and developing the best digital talent.”

Prof. Ir. Nizam, M.Sc., DIC., Ph.D., IPM., Asean Eng., Director General of Higher Education, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, the Republic of Indonesia, said,” This Huawei ICT Competition can be one of the yardsticks that helps measure our digital talents’ level of global competitiveness. We hope our students can use this golden opportunity to benchmark their ICT knowledge and broaden their perspectives. This competition will also provide the necessary feedback for us so that we can continuously upgrade our effectiveness and efficiency in digital talent cultivation. The transformation of technology implies an enhancement of Indonesia's human capacity to utilize advancements in science and technology. This goes beyond being mere users and entails becoming part of the creation of technology. 

Both parties will extend joint research, internships, ICT trainings and the development of Smart Campus as part of promoting digital transformation in higher education. 

Underlining the necessity of developing a robust talent pipeline for the Asia Pacific region’s digital future, Zhang Zhengjun, Vice President of Huawei Asia Pacific Public Affairs and Communication Department, introduced the so-called Huawei PIPES talent development model. “Composed by Platforms, Innovation, Professionalism, Experience, and Skills, PIPES is designed to provide tailored training programs 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”, Jun explained.

In Indonesia and for Indonesia, for more than 23 years, Huawei has kept true to its ongoing commitment, 'Huawei I DO'. It is doing so by, among others, continuing to support the economic growth and progress of the nation. As part of its "I Do" Collaborate commitment, Huawei is sharing its experience and expertise in various cutting-edge ICT technologies to ensure Indonesia stays strong on a safe path in accelerating digitalization. Huawei has particularly committed to strengthening the digital ecosystem through a program to prepare 100,000 Indonesian digital talents in the period of 5 years, which currently has reached more than 80,000 beneficiaries.

Extending high appreciation to the organizing of the Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Competition in Indonesia, Dr. Piti Srisangnam, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, lauded Huawei for consistent commitment and contribution in driving the digital transformation across the region, particularly to Indonesia which held its ASEAN Chairmanship this year, to help position the region as the new epicenter for the world’s digital growth. “Huawei's innovative technologies and solutions have paved the way for increased connectivity and digitalization, creating new opportunities for businesses and individuals alike."

The Asia Pacific region held the first Regional ICT Competition since 2018.  The Competition consists of the Network and Cloud tracks. The Network Track covers routing and switching, network security, WLAN, while the Cloud Track covers cutting-edge ICT technologies, such as cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence.

After a national level round, 19 teams of 57 students and 19 Teachers (9 teams for Network Track and 10 Teams for Cloud Track) stood out from the initial competition to take part in the regional finals.  The top prize winners of the competition will be representing Asia Pacific Region to attend the Global Final of Huawei ICT competition in China in May 2023.

As a leading global provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices, Huawei is committed to supporting the development of digital talent worldwide. The company has established more than 1,900+ ICT academies in over 110 countries and regions, and has trained over 150,000 students worldwide every year.