Huawei to sponsor Nigerian youths on ICT training in China
Chinese technology company, Huawei is sponsoring 10 Nigerian students in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-related majors to study and gain hands-on practice in China.
This is the third consecutive year of this program known as Seeds for the Future, through which Huawei fulfils its corporate social responsibility and commitment to the Federal Government of Nigeria by providing further training for Nigerian youths in ICT.
This year, the students will be selected from those who signed to the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA, also called the Huawei ICT Academy), which is a partnership project between Huawei and universities offering Huawei ICT courses to encourage students to attain Huawei certification in support of a subsequent career in the ICT industry.
The launching ceremony and interview had in attendance the representative of the Huawei Managing Director, Simon Zhang; Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwole Babafemi Familoni; Representative of the Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria (UNN), Prof. Kenneth Ofokansi, among others.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, the Channel Service Director of Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Simon Zhang, said the program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote greater understanding of and interest in the ICT sector, and to improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital economy.
He added that Huawei is working towards building a long lasting relationship with top universities in Nigeria through the Huawei ICT Academy by training over 100,000 students every year.
Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Familoni, encouraged the students to put in their best in the last stage of the competition in Nigeria. He added that they can enhance their IT skills for future inventions to improve the nation’s status quo.
This month, more than 10 universities have signed to the Huawei ICT Academy. The target this year is 40 ICT academies, and 25,000 students for the ICT competition. One team will be selected to go to South Africa for the Regional ICT competition, while the best team will proceed to the Global competition in China. The continued cooperation between Huawei and the partner universities will see more students benefitting from the program and building their careers.
Currently, students from the University of Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN), University of Lagos, University of Benin and other universities across Nigeria are beneficiaries of this initiative.
Speaking at the event launching ceremony, one of the beneficiaries of this initiative, Michael Maxwell, a participant of the Huawei ICT competition, thanked Huawei Technology for the opportunity given to the students of the University of Nsukka to benefit from HAINA (Huawei Authorized Information Technology and Network Academy) which started this year and has successfully trained 50 students.
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