Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Huawei offers students online learning experience

The University of Technology’s participants in Huawei' Seeds of the Future programme; (from left) Dylan Lewis, Alex Downer, Alecia Bailey, Chadan Huggup and Casandru Bartley holding their new Huawei Tablet on October 28 at the Handover donation event at UTech.

The University of Technology’s participants in Huawei' Seeds of the Future programme; (from left) Dylan Lewis, Alex Downer, Alecia Bailey, Chadan Huggup and Casandru Bartley holding their new Huawei Tablet on October 28 at the Handover donation event at UTech.

Telecom giants Huawei will be accommodating 12 students from both the University of the West Indies and The University of Technology for its 4th annual staging ‘Seeds of the Future-SKY’ programme. 

Huawei made the generous decision of donating tablets to both universities not only to help accommodate students chosen for the programme but to benefit a wider range of students as they donated 100 tablets to each school. The first handover took place at UTECH on the 28th November 2020.

The UTECH’s five recipients were in attendance as they accepted their token. A few of them expressed how elated they were to be chosen for the programme and to receive such a generous gift. 

“This means a lot to me as it will allow me to learn a lot about the Chinese culture and expose me to new topics in the field that I’m interested in which is Computer Science,” Cassandru Bartley, a participant of the programme, expressed.

Recipient Alecia Bailey also voiced that she aspires to attain a job with the telecom company in the future which makes her very grateful for this opportunity.

Since 2017, Huawei Jamaica has partnered with the universities to provide the opportunity for students to learn about Huawei’s international business culture at the company’s headquarters. The trip has continuously benefitted students as the course of the programme focuses on information communication technology (ICT), preparing them for the local ICT industry.

This year, due to unforeseen circumstances, the programme has been moved to online and will take place within five days versus the usual two weeks, thus being able to provide more students the opportunity to participate. 

According to the company, its objective is to “increase the flexibility on the programme timing, expand the reach of the programme and offer more opportunities for participants to broaden their horizons, and promote local education and talent development”.

A five-day itinerary describes the virtual events and experiences the students are able to take part in. This entails getting access to advanced courses on IoT, smart home, cyber security, digital trade, digital economy, digital transformation and more. The programme is also expected to provide students with calligraphy lessons. 

“Huawei believes that access to education is vital to create opportunities that support fair and sustainable development in all the countries around the world. Today we are glad to continue our efforts in education through this donation to the UTech,” Deng, Huawei’s Country Manager of Jamaica, stated at the event.

The second donation handover is set to take place at UWI the following week and, after that, the programme's live online opening ceremony on November 16, 2020. This kickstarts the programme and will come to an end on the 20th.

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