‘Seed for the future programme’ to promote ICT education launched

 Vice President Amissah-Arthur, (sitting at the head of the table) reading the programme documents. With him are the Chinese officials

Vice President Amissah-Arthur, (sitting at the head of the table) reading the programme documents. With him are the Chinese officials

In order to help bridge the gap between what is learned in Information Communication Technology (ICT) education and what is necessary in the industry, Huawei has developed the Telecom ‘Seeds for the Future Programme’ to help Ghanaian students.

The programme 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 programme, Huawei works with universities and other local organisations to provide some training on communication technologies provides scholarships and internships for top students and offers a work experience to selected students.

To this end, the company has launched the programme at the flagstaff House in Accra, last week making Ghana the first country in the West African Sub-region to benefit from the initiative

The programme will run from this year to 2019, where 15 brilliant Ghanaian students will be selected each year to travel to China and to take part in ICT innovative training.

Speaking at the launch, the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, praised Huawei for initiating such a programme in Ghana.

He urged the young graduates who were both selected from public and private universities to use the opportunity to learn and come back to Ghana, very resourceful.

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Sun Baohong, also commended Huawei for its consistent social responsibility projects.

According to her, China and Ghana recently celebrated their 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

“The sound relations between the two countries lie in the amity between their peoples, which is based on the closeness in their hearts”, she said.

She said over the past 55 years, China-Ghana relations have registered healthy and stable development with fruitful cooperation on all fronts.

She said the Chinese embassy in Ghana had also sponsored over 400 students on scholarship programmes in Ghana.

Mr. Felix Kwakye-Ofosu, Deputy Minister of Communications on behalf of Government of Ghana and the MD of Huawei, Russel Xu, later signed a memorandum of understanding on the Seeds for the Future programme”.

Since its debut in Thailand in 2008, “Seeds for the Future has been implemented in 35 countries across five continents, benefiting over 10,000 students from more than 100 universities.

Through this programme, Huawei collaborates with local governments, higher educational institutes, and other organisations to select top ICT students and offer them an eye-opening opportunity to set foot in China, to experience Chinese culture, to gain more insights of ICT industrial transformation and to witness the showcase of Huawei’s future technologies at the headquarters in Shenzhen.

The programme also offers first-hand learning opportunities through interactions with Huawei staff and visits to Huawei laboratories, R&D facilities, data centres and manufacturing centres, where programme participants can have hands-on practice such as building signal towers and configuration of LTE base station; and witness live demonstrations of the latest ICT technology, such as the fifth generation network and cloud computing.

By Times Reporter

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