Zetech University second year Degree student Kennedy Muthaura won the top prize in the Huawei ICT Competition 2018-2019 Southern Africa, beating over 4000 students drawn from 40 universities to clinch the top award. He was recognised at a colourful ceremony that saw ICT and Innovation Principal Secretary Jerome Ochieng highlight the critical role IT and research plays in advancing the big four agenda.
The competition is aimed at providing a platform for global ICT talents to: compete and grow their skills, promote high-quality ICT talent development and drive the growth of a sustainable ICT talent ecosystem.
Celebrated for recording the highest points in the tough competition, Muthaura will represent the country in South Africa with the hope of qualifying for the international fete to be hosted in China next year. He was also gifted with an opportunity to do an internship at Huawei Kenya and a Huawei Matebook Pro to facilitate his work and learning experience.
Commenting on the win, Muthaura described the experience as challenging, appreciating Huawei for sharpening his skills in networking, “I am honoured to have competed against worthy opponents to win the Best student award. Through this competition, I have acquired extensive knowledge and skills in routing, switching, network security, cloud computing and wireless networks. I believe that through these skills and the HCNA (Huawei Certified network associate) certification acquired, my career has started on the right note.” He said, adding that such initiatives serve to bridge the gap between academia and the industry is better prepare graduates to address future challenges of digital transformation.
Adding to the victory, Zetech University’s Trainer and Head of Centre for Professional Certification Samuel Kinuthia was recognised as the Best Lecturer while the institution beat competitors to win the Best Huawei ICT Academy award; the ceremony saw the University of Nairobi was recognised for being the longest service HAINA centre.
Commenting on the achievement, Zetech VC Prof. Njenga Munene lauded Huawei and the higher education sector for their commitment to promote the use of ICT for education and the advancement of the country,
“As Zetech, we are proud of our student and trainer for the exemplary output displayed throughout the competition. As a Huawei certified academy, we are grateful to Huawei for the work they are doing in Kenya as we bank on technology to realise growth in Kenya and beyond.” said Prof. Munene.