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ABU students win global cloud, AI competition

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Three students of the Ahmadu Bello University have won the global grand prize in the cloud and artificial intelligence of the Huawei ICT competition 2019-2020.

Kabir Bala, the university’s vice-chancellor, disclosed this during the 2019/2020 Huawei Nigeria ICT Competition Award and inauguration of the 2021/2022 launch ceremony in Zaria on Wednesday.

Mr Bala said the 2019/2020 Huawei competition had a participation record of almost 150,000 students from over 2,000 colleges and universities in more than 82 countries.

“Six ABU students participated, and three of them: Hamza Atabor, Emmanuel Abba, and Hamza Beira, earned first prize in Network Track Globally.

“Mustapha Jimoh, Dahir Muhammad-Dahir, and Abdullahi Khalifa Muhammad earned the grand prize in the cloud and artificial intelligence at the global final,” he said.

He noted that the relationship between ABU and Huawei Technologies started in August 2018.

The vice-chancellor added that Huawei approached the university for a partnership on the Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy (HAINA) and other CSR initiatives.

“We are pleased with the outcomes recorded so far. Under the ABU-HAINA program, over 1,000 enrolment and 450 different certification tracks have been recorded,” he said.

Melissa Chen, the Director of Service Delivery, Huawei Technologies Nigeria, said over 22,000 Nigerian students registered in the Huawei ICT Competition for 2019/2020.

Ms. Chen, represented by Star Shi, Assistant Director, Service Delivery, said 1,000 of these students competed in the national final in December 2019.

Chen added that 15 students from ABU Zaria, University of Ibadan, and the University of Port Harcourt represented Nigeria in the regional final.

“The team obtained good results at the regional final, and they were given the privilege to represent their schools and Nigeria in the global final,” she said.


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