Huawei’s Seeds for the Future scholarship programme sends European ICT students to China on a two-week study trip. They visit Huawei HQ in Shenzhen and research facilities in Beijing, take Mandarin classes and go on cultural excursions to iconic sites such as the Great Wall and Forbidden City.
The Seeds for the Future Program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of and interest in the telecommunications sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community. You might recall that, Huawei and the Government of Sri Lanka signed an MoU back in August. This program is one part of that MoU.
Every year, Huawei invites 1,000 students, 10 per country, to study at the company Headquarters. There, they discuss future trends and are shown how to harness new opportunities. As such, 10 Sri Lankan students from 8 universities across the country have been selected by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Huawei, based on the program criterion.
The program is aimed at transferring technical and managerial knowledge to local ICT graduates in order to boost the local ICT industry.
Students selected for the program also have the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and visit historical sites.
The study trip is scheduled to take place for two weeks, from 4th to 18th November During the trip, the students will experience Chinese traditional culture and be provided training courses such as Chinese calligraphy and painting at the Beijing Language and Culture University for one week in Beijing. The students will also have opportunities to study cutting-edge technologies such as LTE, as 5G, and cloud computing, and have hands-on practice in Huawei Headquarters’ most advanced labs in Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China.
The 2019 batch of Sri Lankan students that participated in Huawei’s Seeds for the Future CSR program travelled to China where they spent two weeks from the 30th of November to the 14th of December.
Huawei Sri Lanka CEO Liang Yi on Friday vowed to provide knowledge transfer for Sri Lanka’s youth through the company’s Seeds for the Future scholarship programme. “We believe that local ICT talent is one of key elements to drive the digital economy,” Liang said. “Access to education is vital to create opportunities that support fair and sustainable development in this beautiful country,” he said.
Economic and Commercial Counsellor Yang Zuoyuan from Chinese Embassy in Colombo, and Sri Lanka’s Secretary to Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovations, Anura Dissanayake was also attended in the ceremony.
Anura Dissanayake added that “This year’s students showed prominent potential and utilized their opportunity to the maximum through Huawei ‘Seeds for the Future’ program. We are honoured to reward them at this graduation ceremony and we express thanks to Huawei for the wonderful opportunity granted to enhance the skills of the youth to reach new heights within the ICT and Innovation sector,”
This helps local universities to improve their teaching and scientific research capabilities in the ICT sector and provides students with high-quality courses and opportunities.
Participants in the program were provided with the opportunity to enhance their abilities to adapt to the ICT industry as they learn more about state-of-the-art technologies and skills, as well as the innovation needs of the local market. Students are able to gain confidence, which helps them to excel in their careers and in multi-cultural business environments.