Top students join Volvo IT race crew

A national competition among IT students helped attract top-talent university students. Three of them will now join the mission as Volvo IT crew members at the next Volvo Ocean race stop in Sanya, China, and can be followed on the Volvo IT Volvo Ocean Race Blog.

Ma Li from Tianjin University, Wei Ni Jun from Nanjing University of Technology and Liu Yuan Wei from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications are all very happy to get the chance to join the team. They were selected among IT-students at universities in China that submitted a creative story through text, pictures, or video, by using Weibo, a Chinese social media similar to Twitter or Facebook

“It was a long way and very difficult, but finally I was one of the few selected. I am very excited about this opportunity and will do everything I can to do my task very well, says Ma Li.

The competitors submitted a creative story through text, pictures, or video, by using Weibo, a Chinese social media similar to Twitter or Facebook. The stories were judged by a panel of experts based on creativity, passion, and related IT experience. Ten candidates were invited for an interview and out of that the three winners were selected.

As the official IT supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo IT is on a mission to deliver a world-class IT platform for one of the world’s most extreme sporting competitions. The three winning Chinese IT students, that come from different parts of China, will get the opportunity to help implement , monitor, and support the IT infrastructure for the Volvo Ocean Race in Sanya. This includes helping to ensure live broadcast and the transmission of data when the sailing boats will race in the harbor area of Sanya on February 18th, 2012.

“Volvo IT in China delivers IT solutions to the Volvo Group and is expanding at a rapid speed in Asia. We have a big need to find and attract talented IT experts. During 2011, the number of employees grew by more than 100%, and we expect another 60% growth during 2012” says Anders Dalmén, Manager at Volvo IT in China. “I believe there are many capable IT-students in China. We want to find those that communicate in English and enjoy working in global teams.

“I hold a Major in wireless communication and have 5 years of studies. Now I hope to write my Phd abroad,” says Liu Yuan.

An international career is interesting for all three students and visiting the race is an excellent opportunity to get insights into how it is to work in a truly global context.

“The IT-crew from Volvo IT is very friendly and really wants us to feel welcome. It’s a very good experience to communicate with foreigners and different cultures,” concludes Wei Ni Jun.

Follow the students blog posts and on facebook.


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  1. Congratulations to the students. From briefly meeting Mr Carlsson, I would say that they have the very best in the world as their teacher, mentor and example.(wish it was me joining you)
    Best wishes to you all and thank you for the brief but mind blowing time with you in Auckland.
    Thank you Volvo and Mr Carlsson, and Knut
    Best regards Elanor sue gardiner