Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (Huawei) has joined hands with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) to bring its global talent development initiative “Seeds for the Future” to Malaysian youths. The programme aims to cultivate more ICT professionals among university students, preparing them for a digitised world, and ultimately bridge the digital divide.
With the new norms due to the Covid-19 pandemic, “Seeds for the Future 2020” will now be conducted entirely online: with an open ecosystem that supports online learning and engagement beyond both institutional and national borders, and with an expanded intake of 30 students instead of 10.
Oliver Liu, Vice Chancellor of Huawei ASEAN Academy said that Huawei was honored to be given the opportunity to collaborate once again with the Ministry of Higher Education to run the “Seeds for the Future 2020” programme.
“We are grateful for the trust given to us by the Malaysian government to be a partner in talent development, and we hope to continue working together to bridge the digital divide, enhance knowledge transfer, and cultivate strong future workforce for a digital nation.
“Talent is crucial for the growth and development of any industry, and especially so in the rapidly growing and evolving ICT industry. As an ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in Malaysia, with the aim of driving long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability. We are indeed a proud partner to be able to facilitate learning across national boundaries enabling youths to participate in training activities without being restricted by their geographical location” he said.
Through the “Seeds for the Future 2020” program, students will get an exclusive opportunity to upskill by leveraging on Huawei’s wealth of cutting-edge technological capabilities and resources, which can boost their future career prospects. They will also get to learn from Huawei’s global business operations, cross-cultural work practices, and Chinese culture.
This year, the five day program will run from September 21-25, and will consist of six hours of compulsory courses, six hours of live-streamed courses, and an hour of elective course. Additional resources on Chinese culture will also be available for self-learning.
The compulsory courses will cover the areas of 5G, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). For their elective course, students can choose from a wide range of topics such as Internet of Things (IoT), digital trade, digital economy, or leadership and management. Upon completing the program, each student will receive an electronic certificate.
“Seeds for the Future” is Huawei’s global flagship corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, which seeks to develop more ICT talents worldwide and help bridge the digital talent gap. Since 2008, it has been successfully carried out in 125 countries and has benefitted over 4,800 students globally.
In Malaysia, Huawei has partnered with the MOHE to run the program since 2014 and has since helped 85 undergraduate students level up their ICT skills.