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HCT, Huawei build global education alliance through ‘Seeds for the Future’ program

Huawei’s UAE education program increases knowledge sharing and offers enhanced student learning experiences through internships and student exchange opportunities

With the advent of UAE’s knowledge economy, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), the UAE’s largest higher education institution, and Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, have announced a knowledge sharing education alliance to nurture young talent and open up ICT technologies for more communities across the globe.

The collaboration supports Huawei’s annual ‘Seeds for the Future’ education program in the UAE, which offers a select group of students the opportunity to develop practical skills that will prepare them for a career in the ICT industry; learning from Huawei’s experts at its global headquarters and Excellence Centers in China.

Developing a local talent pool of educated and technologically-skilled individuals has become a leading priority in the UAE, as the rise of science-focused development offers fresh career opportunities within the regional ICT industry. The education alliance between Huawei and HCT will cover a range of trending topics including next-generation networks, network architecture and implementation, VoIP, security solutions and cloud computing amongst others.

The 9-day internship at Huawei’s campus, R&D centers and its Centers of Excellences in Shenzhen and Beijing, focuses on topics related to the development of next generation networks. The program also features a cultural exchange component in which the students will experience and learn Chinese language and traditional culture.

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of HCT, said: “The UAE is home to a fast-growing ICT industry that is bringing considerable benefits to society and local businesses, and young talent is crucial for growth and development of this industry. As a higher education institution, we are dedicated to helping Emirati students develop the necessary skills that will help them, as sought after graduates, build a technology-focused, knowledge-driven economy. We are proud to partner with innovative and forward thinking companies such as Huawei, which have built strong educational programs like Seeds for the Future, which help to enrich the country’s greatest resource – its people”.

Huawei is a strong advocate of helping educators empower youth by equipping them with the right knowledge and tools to help them grow professionally. It believes that access to education is vital for creating opportunities that support sustainable and fair development.

Peng Xiongji, General Manager, Huawei UAE, said: “We are great believers in the power of connectivity and how the right technology can help bolster education globally. Our partnership with HCT is testament to our commitment to build a true knowledge economy in UAE and supporting the development of the ICT industry. The UAE Seeds for the Future education program bridges the digital divide by nurturing young talent and opens up ICT technologies for more communities across the globe.”

Launched in 2008, ‘Seeds for the Future’ is one of Huawei’s flagship global CSR programs with study trips having been implemented in over 37 countries worldwide. Huawei developed the CSR initiative due to its firm believe in delivering innovation that meets the specific needs of its customers.