JKUAT Students and Lecturer Win Huawei Excellence Awards

Mrs. Mulili (center) awards Terence

Terence Omondi, a fifth year student pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and Information Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology bagged the top prizes at the recently held Information and Communications Technology competitions organized by HUAWEI.

Terence wadded off stiff competition from 3000 students drawn from across 40 universities and colleges to emerge the best in the network track category.

Terence is set to team up with two other students from the University who will represent JKUAT at the regional competitions which will be conducted virtually on February 19, 2022.

The student will be joined by his peers Joseph Njenga, also a fifth year Telecommunication and Information Engineering student and Luis Kinyua Cyrus, fourth year Information Technology student.

At the same award ceremony, Mr. Philip Oyier, a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology, was recognized and awarded the Best Tutor Award in the cloud track category.

Speaking during the ceremony held at Crown Plaza, in Nairobi, on Thursday, January 27, 2022, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi lauded Huawei for the initiative noting that the programme provides a platform for students to nurture key skills required in the digital economy to rapidly adjust to shifts in skills and demands of the technological industry.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal, JKUAT Karen Campus, Prof. Jackson Kwanza, the Vice Chancellor emphasized the need to learn emerging technological trends in order to keep up with emerging trends.

 “Empowering individuals with relevant skills for the digital world through a platform such as the Annual Huawei ICT Competition, is a very important feature that accords them an opportunity to actively participate in digital economy,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Mrs. Lilian Mulili from the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, who represented the Principal Secretary, said the government has created similar initiatives that seek to promote the development of digital skills and inclusivity through partnerships that support the development of the economy.

Director, SCIT, Dr. Kimwele (right) receives Best Tutor Award on behalf of Mr. Oyier

“The Ajira Digital Programme is one such intervention that primarily seeks to promote digital skills among the youth and leverage the opportunities within the digital economy to their advantage,” she stated.

While thanking Huawei for the opportunity, Terence said, participating in the competition has given him a good experience and a stepping stone towards his career aspirations in ICT.

He encouraged other students to grab opportunities that will boost their chances of excelling in the field.

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