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Nisti rewards robotics students | 23 November 2019

Nisti rewards robotics students

The students in a souvenir photograph with Vice-President Meriton and other guests (Photo: Thomas Meriton)

The National Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation (Nisti) yesterday rewarded the ten Seychellois students who took part in the robotics competition in Dubai in October.

The award presentation held at the STC conference hall was attended by Vice-President Vincent Meriton, the principal secretary for industry and entrepreneurship development Angelique Antat, the chief executive of Nisti, Xavier Estico, the students, parents and invited guests.

“A group of young talented dedicated and enthusiastic students were proud to fly the Seychelles flag among the 189 countries who participated in the competition. We are preparing our youth for the future. The team this year was ocean opportunity, this goes well for Seychelles as a leader in the blue economy,” said Mr Estico.

He added that we need to leverage an array of frontier technologies to sustainably develop our blue economy space such as renewable energy and robotics.

“Our global ranking of 121st out of 189, 22nd in Africa, 18th in small island developing states, 5th in SADC and 2nd in the Indian Ocean is a significant improvement since we started in 2017,” added the CEO.

He remarked that with the experience they have accumulated, they are better prepared for the next edition provided that they receive continuous support. He ended by thanking the sponsors who support team Seychelles each year such as the Environmental Trust Fund, Children’s Fund among others.

Mikhail Rudchenko, one of the students who participated in the competition, noted that it was a good experience and thanked the Nisti team for their support.

 

Christophe Zialor

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