Huawei, a leading global Internet solutions provider, has partnered with the Ministry of Education and Sports to launch this year’s Seeds For the Future program.
The program, initiated in 2008 by Huawei with over 280 universities around the world taking part, selects the top college students in ICT-related courses for a study trip in China.
It began in Uganda in 2016, and happened in 2017 as well, with 10 ICT talents visiting the Beijing and Shevchenko cities of China participating in various forms of training in line with the Chinese culture and cutting edge ICT lessons.
Speaking at the launch of the Seeds for the future program at the Huawei Representative Office at Kisementi in Kampala, Mr. Muzanilu Mukwatampola, the Acting Commissioner for higher education in the ministry lauded Huawei for the program. He thanked Huawei for allowing the ministry to be a part of the initiative that has benefitted Uganda’s education sector.
“On this note I thank Huawei for allowing us to be a part of this initiative that has benefited Uganda’s education sector through knowledge transfer, enhancement of teaching and scientific research capabilities, exposure to the newest technology trends and provision of high quality courses and opportunities for hands-on practice.”
Mr. Iiujiawei, the Managing Director of Huawei stated that one of the ten students that went out last year, Maria Drolence, has been offered internship to continue training with the Ugandan office. Three others have been offered employment in other companies whereas others are still pursuing further studies.
“Our focus this year is to have the top 10 ten students out of the 35 forwarded by all government of universities of Uganda. In our most advantage labs, they will keep their fingers on the pulse of technologies to explore for the future where digital technology is taking us”, he added.
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The Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy to Uganda, Mr. Church Mazinga noted that the program is a good example of Chinese companies carrying out win-win cooperation fulfilling the well being of all Ugandans through Corporate Social Responsibility.
“Seed is a symbol of life, future and hope. Talent is the key factor to the growth and development of any industry. The “Seeds for the Future” Program initiated by Huawei is actually a very good example of Chinese companies carrying out win-win cooperation and fulfilling corporate social responsibilities in Uganda. I am sure that this Program will not only plant the seeds of ICT, but also seeds of China – Uganda friendship and cooperation”
10 students selected by their proposals required for the Seeds for the future program shall leave for China on 6th April for two weeks.