Skills transfer: Nine University students for Huawei fellowship
12th October 2016… Nine top students drawn from local universities are set to enjoy a two-week fellowship and training programme in advanced Information Technology systems at the Huawei Global Headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.
The nine, who were flagged off this morning for their academic tour of China, will undertake the training programme courtesy of Huawei Technologies Kenya and the ICT Authority as part of a bilateral skills transfer initiative.
Speaking during a joint flag off session at the ICT Authority offices, Huawei Technologies Kenya CEO Mr. Dean Yu said the programme dubbed the; Huawei Telecom Seeds for the Future is geared at preparing the students for top flight professional careers in Information Technology systems.
The nine students selected from the Technical University of Kenya, Kabarak University, DedanKimathi University of Technology, University Of Nairobi, Strathmore University, Multimedia University, Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture and Technology and JaramogiOgingaOdinga University, are currently studying information technology related courses at the respective institutions.
“Since the inception of this program in 2014,in partnership with ICT Authority, we havemanaged to take 64 students to China who have largely benefited from this one of a kind opportunity presented by our Seeds of Future program. The two weeks spent in China is an opportunity for these top students to study and gain work experience as well as enable them gain exposure to the Chinese culture and cross-cultural work experience in a globalized business environment,” said Huawei CEO Mr. Dean Yu.
The nine will leave for China for two weeks then do a two-month internship at Huawei in Kenya after their graduation set for 21st October.
“As the ICT Authority in Kenya, our core role is to rationalize and streamline the management of all ICT functions of the Government of Kenya, such a crucial mandate sees has seen us form strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations that will enable us, and the country deliver its functions that are mainly focused on promoting ICT literacy and capacity. This is why we are here today,” said acting ICT Authority CEO, Mr. Robert Mugo.
This partnership between Huawei and the ICT Authority involves four key programmes, a – an engineering students internship programme, broadband rollout forum to share best practices, infrastructure and devices for public sector and general ICT awareness andinvolvement in CSR activities – that cut across the technology industry geared to bolster the growth of the ICT in the country.
“Huawei is committed to see the development of the IT sector in the regions we operate in. With this deliberate engagement to support the Kenyan youth, who today form the majority of the Kenyan population, is a sustainable effort to ensure that the future of Kenya is in capable hands. This programme, which is expected to run for the next one year with hopes of having trained a total of 100 youth from the local Kenyan universities, is a step by Huawei to contribute to the technology industry,” continued Mr. Dean.
The National ICT master plan for 2014 – 2017 recommends a mechanism for developing and sustaining high end talent by removing the gaps between industry requirements and the capabilities of the local workforce. This masterplan goes to underscore the need to develop critical mass of high0end ICT skills and to develop an ICT ready workforce to be able to meet the needs of the industry.
Huawei Technologies is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, with presence in over 170 countries and serving a third of the world’s population. Since 1987, Huawei so far serves 45 out of 50 mobile operators worldwide. It is recognized among the fortune 500 international company with an employee base of over 150,000, where 70,000+ are engaged in R&D, and 30,000+ are non-Chinese employees with a 70%+ localization rate.
Huawei set its offices in Kenya in 1998. It employs over 500 employees in Kenya alone thus far. The regional training centre attends to staff, students, government officials and customers locally and from surrounding countries. So far, a total of over 2,700 people have been trained by the company in Kenya.
We have made key contributions to the growth of the country’s ICT industry in areas of Network Infrastructure, Enterprise and Devices through our Carrier, Enterprise and Consumer business segments respectively. Our main achievements can be felt in the expansion of wireless, 2G, 3G,4G and fixed ADSL. Other products include FTTX network for our telecommunication operators and National Optical Fibre Backbone Infrastructure. Huawei’s introduction of the first most affordable Android Smartphone (IDEOS) sparked competition among other vendors and manufacturers paving the way for more affordable smart devices in the market. Huawei believes in giving back to society. This we do through supporting countries and communities where we operate by bridging the digital divide, creating opportunities through education, contributing to societies and protecting the environment. In Kenya so far, we have contributed over 160 Million Kenya Shillings towards various initiatives.
For more information, visit Huawei online: www.huawei.com.
About The ICT Authority
The Information and Communication Technology Authority is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology. The corporation was established in August 2013.
The Authority is tasked with rationalising and streamlining the management of all Government of Kenya ICT functions. Its broad mandate entails enforcing ICT standards in Government and enhancing the supervision of its electronic communication. The Authority also promotes ICT literacy, capacity, innovation and enterprise in line with the Kenya National ICT Masterplan 2017.