China’s telecommunication giant Huawei had announced that Botswana will become another beneficiary of the company’s global informational and communication technology (ICT) training program aimed at cultivating ICT professionals.
The program is designed to develop and transform Botswana’s ICT industry as the chosen students will implement what they have learnt in this country, said Deputy Director of Huawei Botswana Ramasala Ntwaetsile, adding that the graduates will have the opportunity to study not only ICT technologies but Huawei corporate culture and Chinese culture.
Established in 2005, Huawei Botswana celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and officially launched its first Seeds for the Future program in Botswana last month. Ten best ICT students from the southern African country will be selected to study in China at Huawei’s cost.
Huawei will work with Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MOESD), Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), University of Botswana (UB) and the Chinese Embassy in Botswana to jointly select the ICT students.
The launch of the program will be another milestone of cooperation between Botswana and China, said Li Nan, counselor of the embassy. The Chinese government provides scholarship to about 80 students in Botswana every year and so far it has benefited over 500 students.
Head of Computer Science Department of UB Audrey Masizana said she looks forward to hearing the students’ understanding of China and their knowledge gained when they are back from China.
‘Seeds for the Future’ is Huawei’s biggest global corporate social responsibilities (CSR) program in which Huawei leverages its world-leading ICT technologies to cultivate ICT professionals and thus drive knowledge transformation. In order to help bridge the gap between what is learned in IT education and what is necessary in the industry, Huawei developed the Telecom Seeds for the Future Program. The program seeks to develop local ICT talent, transfer knowledge, promote a greater understanding of, and interest in, the telecommunications sector and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.
Through the program, Huawei:
• Works with universities and other local organizations to provide some training on communication technologies.
• Provides scholarships and internships for top students
• Offers a work experience to selected students.
The program has been successfully carried out in over 45 countries.