Three students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology clinched top honors in the recently concluded Huawei ICT Competition 2018-2019, trumping over four thousand participants across 40 universities in Kenya.
Staged in Nairobi, Wednesday, November 21, 2018, the competition, with its main focus on computer networking and telecommunications was geared to create a platform for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) students, to develop technical and practical skills and learn a range of ICT career certifications based on leading industry technologies and global practices.
Evans Kiprotich, Zipporah Wachira and George Oyoo Onyango who emerged joint third, bagged Huawei Certificates offering each an internship opportunity at Huawei Technologies Company Limited, Head Office, China.
The three were selected from a pool of 100 students who were triumphant, after a week-long training boot camp and a final examination on managing skills and ability of small and enterprise networks.
Zipporah Wachira, a second year Telecommunication and Information Engineering undergraduate student, was thrilled to represent the women in the ICT field after emerging the only lady among the winners saying women representation should be encouraged more in the male dominated profession.
“This has been the most amazing experience of my life and I have to admit I did not expect to emerge among the top six as the only girl in the team. Women should take advantage of this opportunities to increase our representation in this profession. I really look forward to the internship and the regional competition in South Africa,” said Ms. Wachira.
Wachira lauded JKUAT and Huawei for providing the platform for all the students to work and learn together as a team advising; networking helped in sharing emerging challenges and solutions in the fast changing ICT sector.
Evans Kiprotich, a second year Telecommunication and Information Engineering undergraduate students, hoped for more similar initiatives saying the experience acquired will play a big role in his career and future job opportunities.
George Oyoo Onyango, a Telecommunication and Information Engineer Class 2016 Alumni, praised the initiative organizers for creating the mentorship program saying, the opportunity will create meaningful networks among the students to help in solving technological problems in the continent.
Commenting on the student’s thrilling performance, Director, ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data, Prof. Muliaro Wafula, who spearheaded the training and the preparations of the high achievers, lauded the students for placing JKUAT on the global map saying it signaled JKUAT prowess in the development of ICT.
The Director encouraged other students in the ICT field to follow in the footsteps advising that a reputable name in the ICT field would only be achieved through hard work and pro-activity.
The top six will represent Kenya in a competition against a host of other top African universities set for Johannesburg, South Africa.