UE Caloocan, DLSU top Huawei competition for PH schools

Network technology firm Huawei has awarded the winners of the recently concluded national round of the Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023.

The teams from De La Salle University and the University of the East-Caloocan won the top spots in this year’s national round and will represent the Philippines in the upcoming Asia-Pacific and Global Finals Rounds next year.

Huawei Philippines crowned De La Salle University’s team the competition’s network track champion, while for the network category and the cloud track, respectively, the University of the East-Caloocan and the University of San Carlos were named first runners-up.

“The purpose of the Huawei ICT competition is to provide a platform where we can showcase the abilities and skills of our future ICT professionals while also connecting the global academic community,” Alex Luan, director of enterprise business group at Huawei Philippines said.

Dr. Melchizedek Alipio mentored the DLSU team comprised of students Elmark Joseph Corpus, Martin, Adrian Enghoy, and Francis John Magallanes. The University of the East-Caloocan, on the other hand, dominated the cloud track category and was coached by Dr. Nelson Rodelas. The team was composed of students Jerwin Christian Samala, Angelo Laguinlin, and Ralph Khen, Adrian. Cuevas.

The University of San Carlos was represented by instructor Luis Gerardo S. Caete Jr. and students Karl Jensen Cayme, Vince Andrei Retutal, and Miguel Edwin Salubre. Dr. Alexis John M. Rubio led the University of the East-Caloocan team, which includes students Royvee A. Magno, Kim F. Hernandez, and Charles Kendrick S. Magalued.

The Huawei ICT Competition Asia Pacific—Philippines 2022–2023 kicked off on October 18 with 350 candidates; however, only 120 made it through to the preliminary rounds. Finally, a total of 39 teams advanced to the national finals which was held last November 18, 2022.

The theme of the event, “Connection, Glory, Future,” with the goal of cultivating young ICT talents to drive future technical evolutions and creating global possibilities to grow and establish an amazing digital economy. 

“As a leader in innovation, Huawei not only continuously innovate and advance technologies and solutions, but also build an ecosystem that cultivates talent for the ICT industry by providing a medium to connect the universities and colleges worldwide, creating a globally connected community that can share knowledge and ideas thereby helping students to broaden their horizons, aspirations and goals,” Luan further said.

The competition is also part of Huawei ICT Academy launched in 2019 with ten university partners in the Philippines. This year, Huawei Philippines established 67 academies, enabling over 16,000 Filipino students to benefit from Huawei’s ICT training, with over 2,000 students earning certification.

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