16 Malaysian students chosen for hands-on work experience training and cultural interchange in China under the ‘Seeds for the Future’ initiative
[Kuala Lumpur, 2nd December, 2014]: Earlier today, Huawei announced its pilot ‘Seeds for the Future’ initiative wherein the company will be sponsoring a two week study trip for 16 Malaysian students of electronic engineering and computer science. The program was officially launched today by the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, YAB Tan Sri Dato’ HJ Muhyiddin HJ. Mohd Yassin in Beijing.
The study trip revolves around a two weeks fully-funded, comprehensive hands-on work and central experience program for the students in Beijing, Shanghai and Huawei’s HQ in Shenzhen. Initiated in 2008,Huawei’s “Seeds for the Future” program is its global CSR flagship program. It seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of, and interest in, the ICT sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.
The Deputy Prime Minister said at the officiating ceremony that the program is aptly named as it seeks to nurture and develop Malaysian technology talent, enhance knowledge transfer, and promote greater understanding of ICT by cultivating the University students’ interest in the sector. He further added that the country’s ultimate aspiration to achieve high-income developed nation status is very much dependent on an innovation-based economy that finds its roots in knowledge and creativity.
He added, “Industry-academia collaboration is a key component in creating and sustaining skill development initiatives. It helps students to see the practical application of what they learn in University. The ‘Seeds for the Future’ not only cultivates and develops technology know-how among students but also supports the Malaysian government’s skill development efforts. Huawei has displayed solid partnership and has set a great example for corporations by continuously collaborating with the Government and academia to facilitate telecom, IT, and business skill development among Malaysian students. We appreciate all their efforts and encourage more companies to follow their footsteps.”
Huawei has contributed significantly to raising the bar for ICT human capital development in Malaysia. The company trains 20,000 engineers annually at its global training centers in Cyberjaya. In collaboration with MDeC, Huawei facilitates ICT training for over 8,000 teachers and students and has built training labs in eight top Malaysian universities. Most recently, Huawei also partnered with University Malaya to develop entrepreneurial skills among the students through a semester-long challenge to independently run the Huawei device store on campus – a first of its kind in the country.
Also present at the ceremony was Abraham Liu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies Malaysia. He said, “As one of the fastest emerging markets in the region, Malaysia is at a crossroads today. The need for its technology undergraduates to be prepared for the opportunities of tomorrow in this fast paced economy has never been higher. At Huawei, we take our role of cultivating these young leaders very seriously. Skill development and academic alliances is a central to our strategy and community initiatives in the markets we operate in.”
“For Huawei, the ‘Seeds for the Future’ is a milestone initiative in nurturing and developing skills that students will bring to the industry when they graduate. I hope the experience the students gained from this project will help them operate confidently in a globalised world. We are grateful for the support we received from the Malaysian government, especially the Ministry of Education for the help they provided to us for the project,” he concluded.