By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: Global leading technology company Huawei Technologies has launched “Sky Seeds for the Future” program the 2020 edition meant to empower thousands of Ugandan youth with technology related skills.
The announcement was made by the Public Relations Manager Ms Lina Cao who emphasized that the company is to carry out the program this year through online/e-learning platforms.
Ms Cao encouraged universities in Uganda to recommend their students to take advantage of the world class training program aimed at equipping and nurturing students through exposing them to the latest industry technology trends.
“In the Huawei ‘Sky Seeds for the Future’, we have always had several activities such as student selection, interviews, closing ceremonies, two weeks training programs in China in the latest technology” Ms. Lina Cao, PR Manager Huawei Uganda said.
She added “We are excited to add that the program this time round is open to more than 100 students who will among other things, take part in training and exposure to 5G and cloud computing,”
However, the priority shall be given to outstanding undergraduates/graduates who have a strong interest in ICT and female students are strongly encouraged to apply and also those with vast ICT knowledge of Huawei.
It is discovered that out of the 30 plus students who have participated in the previous four years of the program in Uganda, approximately 22 have directly benefited from Huawei internship and job opportunities availed to them. For instance, in our interaction with Cleopatra Ajambo who participated in the 2018 Huawei Seeds for the Future program, she told us that she has risen from just a computer science student to an IT network architect working with Huawei Uganda.
“As a Computer Science Student, you were expected to dig deep into programming as a major which was not, and is not most girls’ passion, so I found myself relying more on getting good grades than building a career as a problem solver,” says Cleopatra, whose goal for joining the Seeds for future competition was to travel to China for exposure.
The Seeds for the Future program which was launched by H.E Yoweri Museveni in 2016 in partnership with both Ministry of Education and Sports & Ministry of ICT, selects top 10 university students every year in ICT-related courses for a study trip in China and ever since its establishment, approximately 30,000 students have benefited.
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese multinational technology company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong that designs, develops, and sells telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics.
The company was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former Deputy Regimental Chief in the People’s Liberation Army.