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Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Lecturer leads team to first prize in global competition

WINNERS: Information Technology lecturer Waldon Hendricks (far right) with his winning team. WINNERS: Information Technology lecturer Waldon Hendricks (far right) with his winning team.

Lecturer Waldon Hendricks has done CPUT proud at the Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023 Global Final where his team bagged a first prize.

Hendricks was the coach and mentor of the South African Network Track global finalists for the competition, which was held in Shenzhen, China from 24 to 27 May.

The team bagged the first prize in the Practice Competition in Network Track.

“It's a network exam of eight hours long and they have to build a working lab topology within that time frame …,” said the Information Technology Department lecturer.

“This is a big achievement for me as lecturer and instructor for the Huawei ICT Academy at CPUT. This is also the first time South Africa won an award at the global ICT competition in Shenzhen, China. I'm truly grateful for this achievement and would like to congratulate the hardworking students who spent day and night preparing for the competition. For me this is a big milestone, not just for CPUT but also for the Faculty of Informatics and Design and the IT Department.”

Hendricks was also among the guest speakers at the Huawei Global Teacher Summit.

“During my speech at the Global Teacher Summit 2023 I mentioned that this competition highlights the importance of industry and academia collaborating in breaching the gap and ensuring that our students are well prepared for the industry. I would like to thank my wife, Dr (Boniface) Kabaso, CPUT and the Huawei ICT Academy for the amazing opportunity to lead the students in this competition."

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za