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“Telecom Seeds for the Future” Program

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The Challenge

Talent is crucial for the growth and the development of any industry. The fast growing ICT industry has brought constant changes to business models and customer requirements. As a result, across the ICT ecosystem, there is an urgent need for a large number of technical staff who can address the challenges posed by this transformation. In many countries where driving the advancement into innovative, digital, and knowledge-led economies is important, there is a knowledge gap between what is learned in the classroom and what skills are necessary in a real-world setting. Therefore, the pool of skilled personnel should be provided opportunities to learn about the latest technologies. This is particularly important because innovation promotes job creation, greater industry investment and economic growth.

The Solution

In order to help bridge the gap between what is learned in IT education and what is necessary in the industry, Huawei developed the Telecom Seeds for the Future Program. The program seeks to develop local ICT talent, transfer knowledge, promote a greater understanding of, and interest in, the telecommunications sector and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.

Through the program, Huawei:

• Works with universities and other local organizations to provide some training on communication technologies.

• Provides scholarships and internships for top students

• Offers a work experience to selected students.

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Highlights of the Program in 2012


Initiated in 2011 in partnership with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), the program consists of training and internships programs. A new training center was inaugurated in April 2011 to provide hands-on training conducted by Huawei staff, including visits to Huawei laboratories. Over 250 students have received scholarships, internship opportunities and hands-on training in Indonesia.


Huawei, in collaboration with the governments of Malaysia and China, Multimedia Development Corporation, and Dream Catcher Consulting Sdn Bhd, jointly announced a strategic partnership in 2011 to develop 10,000 telecommunication professionals by 2016. Under this agreement, Huawei invested over USD 4 million (MYR13.5 million) to set up new global training and expert testing facilities at the MSC Malaysia Knowledge Development Center @ Cyberjaya, as well as five other satellite teaching facilities located at various universities across the country. Over 500 students have received scholarships, training and internship opportunities, and more than 35 university lecturers are expected to obtain the Huawei Certified Systems Instructors certification by 2013.


The program was launched in 2011 through a partnership with Moi University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, the University of Nairobi, as well as Safaricom Ltd, the Ministry of Information and Communication (through the Kenya ICT Board), and the Ministry of Higher Education of Kenya. It includes reviews of the university curriculum, training, as well as the organization of an Android Application Challenge to enhance localized innovation. Over 250 students have received scholarships, training and internship opportunities and five graduates have been recruited by Huawei Kenya.


In 2012, Huawei signed a partnership agreement with Makerere University to offer scholarships, ICT training to top performing students and sponsorships for research projects. An Android Application Challenge was also launched to develop technological innovations that make a difference in the lives of Ugandans. The program has provided internships to 11 students and ICT training to 10 students. Hundreds of local students are expected to benefit from the program in the future.


Huawei started working with the Paris Institute of Technology (ParisTech) to develop the Huawei Undergraduate Work Experience Program in 2011. Since then, a total of 13 students participated in the three-week work experience program. Through this program, students had the opportunity to work at Huawei’s offices in China, expand their knowledge in ICT, and become immersed in cross-cultural work practices and Chinese culture.

United Kingdom (UK)

In 2011, Huawei started the Huawei Undergraduate Work Experience Program, a five-week work experience program for students. In this program, students learn from Huawei’s international business operation and receive hands-on technical trainings from Huawei staff and technology experts. The program offers language training, experience working in Huawei’s dynamic global business, as well as exposure to Chinese work practices and culture. 22 undergraduates from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London and the University of Southampton participated in the program.


Huawei launched the Huawei Undergraduate Work Experience Program in cooperation with the Polytechnic University of Turin, University La Sapienza – Rome, University of Florence, University of Bologna, and Polytechnic University of Bari. 10 students took part in the two-week program in 2013.


Huawei launched the Huawei Undergraduate Work Experience Program in cooperation with the RWTH Aachen University, University of Bonn, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Humboldt-University Berlin and the Technical University Munich. 15 students took part in the four-week program in 2013.

Going Forward

The advancement of the ICT industry and ICT in education is integral to the socio-economic development of countries around the world. The program has served as a crucial platform that enriches students’ experiences, preparing them to work efficiently in real IT and telecommunications companies. Huawei plans to strengthen and expand the program across current and future markets by strengthening local partnerships.

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