The bolivian Sharon Saravia, Adrian Arce and José Aparicio achieved the third place in the international competition Huawei ITC Competition on Technologies of Information and Communication technology (ICT), which took place in Shenzhen (China) last week. University students faced representatives from some 32 countries.
The Bolivian delegation was elected from more than 900 students from all over the country who accredited and demonstrated a high level of knowledge and skills in ICT. In addition, this team qualified in the Latin American tournament-held in Mexico – among representatives from 10 countries, which enabled them to participate in the global challenge, in China. It is the first year that Bolivia participates in this event.
Huawei ITC Competition is “an initiative that seeks to improve the quality of future professionals in Information Technologies and the Communication and reduce the gap between the knowledge imparted in the university and the skills needed in the workplace, taking into account the latest technological trends,” said Daniel Ugarte, Project manager, Department EBG Huawei.
Saravia, Maple and Aparicio participated in the cloud category-the other was networks – where they faced representatives of 12 teams (each of three people) from different countries.
They explain that they are very happy and proud to have represented the country and achieved this third place.
“We studied a lot during these months, we did training to certify ourselves in Huawei Technologies and we organized well when giving the exam. It was our effort and cunning that took us so far and shows that Bolivians can fit other countries,” explains Arce, a 22-year-old university student from paceño.
Aparicio notes that it also helped teamwork and the organization where they used their times well.
They comment that the test they gave lasted eight hours, was a practical-exercise – test on Cloud, Big Data, and artificial intelligence issues.
” The test had a good level and was quite broad, ” says Saravia, the cochabambina representative.
” There were technologies that asked us to implement that we had never been able to practice, so we had to learn on the go, ” says Arce.
They agree that it was a great experience where they learned a lot and helped them to grow in their vocational training and that it was also important to meet other people and cultures.
They also consider it necessary to invest in education and technology within the country. ” It is necessary to develop these technologies (Cloud, Big Data and Artificial intelligence) within our country, investigate them and start applying them, ” says Aparicio.
Saravia notes that more help and information is needed to enable students to participate in skills such as these to increase their knowledge and share it. “These experiences open doors and opportunities,” he says.
The winners got a trophy, a certificate and a smartphone. They may also apply for scholarships to study in that country.