Huawei Will Help Singapore Become the World's First Smart Nation
[Beijing, July 2, 2015] Singaporean President Tony Tan met with Huawei Chairwoman Sun Yafang on July 2, during an official visit to China to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore.
He also visited Huawei's Executive Briefing Center in Beijing, got a glimpse of Huawei’s latest technology, and met the Singaporean college students participating in Seeds for the Future, Huawei’s flagship CSR program aimed at teaching young people about ICT, praising its commitment to fostering young ICT talent.
President Tan commented, “I was impressed by Huawei's investments in R&D to tap new growth areas. The company has a presence in Singapore and I am confident that it can contribute to Singapore's growth in new areas such as the Smart Nation initiative. ”
Madam Sun said, “Countries have recognized that their level of connectivity has become a core competitive factor in the 21st century. Singapore’s Smart Nation plan will put the country at the very forefront of a new transformation. Huawei can deliver additional value through a holistic partnership to help enable a forward looking ICT technology environment in Singapore. Seeds for the Future program is at the core of Huawei's commitment to nurturing local ICT talent, strengthening the quality of ICT education and enabling a nation’s talent pool for the future. The program aligns with the Singaporean government's ambition to create a vibrant ICT ecosystem that will drive forward its Smart Nation vision. We are inspired by President Tan's praise for our efforts in this area."
In the coming weeks, 40 Singaporean university students will work with Huawei experts to enhance their ICT skills and learn about Huawei’s global business operations at the company's Shenzhen headquarters. In the future, Huawei also plans to provide ICT education certification and training to teachers in Singapore.
During his visit, President Tan was introduced to recent innovations in broadband technology including LTE-M, heterogeneous networks, and green data centers.
Huawei is committed to contributing to Singapore's business and ICT industry ecosystems and is working closely with the government to find commercially viable new technologies that promote Singapore's Smart Nation initiative and sustainable development. Madam Sun Yafang is a member of the annual Research Innovation and Enterprise Council chaired by Singapore Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, where she contributed industry insights on the ICT sector.
Huawei will also participate in a series of events organized by the Singaporean Embassy in China to commemorate the 25th anniversary.
About Seeds for the Future
Huawei launched the Seeds for the Future program to develop local ICT talent, transfer knowledge, promote a greater understanding of, and interest in, the telecommunications sector, and encourage participation in building the digital community. Through this program, Huawei:
Works with universities and other local organizations to provide training on communications technologies;
Provides scholarships and internships to top students; and
Offers work experience to selected students.
To date, the Seeds for the Future program has benefited thousands of ICT students in over 39 countries. Huawei has worked with more than 100 universities and educational institutions and has established 45 ICT training centers to promote local ICT education worldwide.