From Next week, TechnoMag Zimbabwe’s Leading Online Technology Magazine is proud to be giving you live streaming updates from China, for the the next two weeks as Zimbabwe joins the global annual “seeds for the future”, a program being spearheaded by Huawei, a global telecommunications giant.
The partnership with Huawei Zimbabwe back home will enable millions to connect in real time via video feeds and exclusive interviews with real time social media integration online from Beijing and Shenzhen in China enabling many to catch up on the event .
By Wilson Mtetwa
The Huawei seeds for the future program will see Zimbabwean students from local universities flying for two weeks to China for hands on training in technology and gain experience from the leading tech firm as they seek to transfer technology to local players and as they build their own “Silicon Valley” in Shenzhen.
The selection process saw outstanding Zimbabwean students studying Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), being selected to get a world class experience of how China, a global emerging world market has greatly taken over the technological world.
Zimbabwean Students are set to benefit as Huawei announced at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015, that over the next five years, 1,000 students across Africa will join its technical training program dubbed “Seeds for the Future”, building ICT capabilities in Africa.
Charles Ding, Senior Vice President, Huawei, announced the training plan for Africa during a panel discussion entitled ‘Africa Mobile Technology’ at the World Economic Forum on Africa.
He said, “Governments in Africa need to develop a vision of boosting connections.
They need to invest or facilitate investments into national broadband plans and train technical talents, this will create jobs, boost economic growth and secure Africa’s future.”
Globally, Huawei works with local governments and universities to send students overseas to provide work experience with the world’s best ICT equipment. To date, over 10,000 students worldwide have been benefited from the ‘Seeds for the Future’ program. Over the next 5 years, more than 1,000 students from Africa will join from this ICT talent cultivation program.
The Zimbabwe Seeds for the Future Program was commissioned by H.E Presdient Robert. G. Mugabe during his state visit to China when Huawei firstly initiate it in Beijing in August 2014. 10 students with ICT major from 5 Universities already benefited from the program last year.
The students that participated in the 2015 Seeds for the Future program shared their experience in China, and handed over their essays on ICT subjects written during the program in China to the Chinese Ambassador and the Ministers to show their appreciation.
Albert Yang, the Managing Director of Huawei Zimbabwe, reiterated Huawei’s commitment of growing together with Zimbabwe:
“Huawei has preserved against all odds growing with Zimbabwe for over 18 years and is looking forward to contribute more to the ICT development in Zimbabwe, enriching people`s life through better and faster connections.
Last year in October, Huawei Zimbabwe sponsored 10 outstanding Zimbabwe ICT students from different provinces and different universities including Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU), Harare Institute Of Technology (HIT), Midlands State University (MSU), Chinhoyi University Of Technology (CUT), National University of Science and Technology (NUST) got selected and won the sponsored trip to Beijing and Shenzhen where they received training.