Huawei, joined forces with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure to launch the Seeds For the Future Program. This is Huawei’s global Corporate Social Responsibility program that aims to nurture the ICT talents of Sri Lanka. It also aims to facilitate the transfer of ICT knowledge, thus supporting Sri Lanka to be a digitally empowered nation.
Initiated by Huawei in 2008, the Seeds For the Future Program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of and interest in the telecommunications sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community. You might recall that, Huawei and the Government of Sri Lanka signed an MoU back in August. This program is one part of that MoU.
Every year, Huawei invites 1,000 students, 10 per country, to study at the company Headquarters. There, they discuss future trends and are shown how to harness new opportunities. As such, 10 Sri Lankan students from 8 universities across the country have been selected by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Huawei, based on the program criterion.
During the trip, the students will experience Chinese traditional culture and be provided training courses such as Chinese calligraphy and painting at the Beijing Language and Culture University for one week in Beijing. The students will also have opportunities to study cutting-edge technologies such as LTE, and cloud computing, and have hands-on practice in Huawei Headquarters’ most advanced labs in Shenzhen, China.
In addition, Huawei would also introduce something called the Huawei Customer Innovation Experience Center in November. This would be a place to showcasing Huawei’s different industrial solutions.
Mr. Shunli Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Sri Lanka, explained how they are committed to long time contributions in Sri Lanka such as cultivating local talents. Thus, the Seeds For the Future program will greatly assist Sri Lanka, local communities, universities and students, and Sri Lanka ICT industry.
Furthermore, He also stated that that Huawei wants to support the government in building a digital Sri Lanka. The biggest challenge Sri Lanka faces is infrastructure, he said. Despite fiber networks and fast mobile networks, we need more bandwidth in Sri Lanka. Once all the districts across the country are connected using high speed links, it’s just a matter of putting the right application.
Mr. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, acknowledged Huawei’s contributions on bridging the digital divide and cultivating ICT talents in Sri Lanka.
Students in the program can enhance their abilities to adapt to the ICT industry as they learn more about state-of-the-art technologies and skills, as well as the innovation needs of Sri Lanka market. By acquiring such skills, students would be able to increase their confidence, which helps them to excel in their careers and in multi-cultural business environments.