Huawei to promote ICT development in PH through cultivating talent

Over 100 Filipino students and professors from 20 universities participate in the virtual program launched on November 15. THE MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO

Over 100 Filipino students and professors from 20 universities participate in the virtual program launched on November 15. THE MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO

For the last decade, information and communications technologies (ICT) have become the crucial growth engines for various industries. The Covid-19 pandemic only hastened its development, asserting the importance of digital transformation in a seamless, borderless global interconnection.

As economies reopen, new ICT technologies like 5G, AI and IoT begin to be applied and seen to be the cornerstone of the intelligent world by 2030.

Countries with strong ICT foundation will be more resilient and can easily respond to disruption, while talent will drive more industries to go digital.

As an ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the Philippines, and has conducted several CSR programs related to education, such as Seeds for the Future, ICT Academy and Scholarship program.

Seeds for the Future

Besides its commitment to promoting ICT industry development in the countries it operates, Huawei also aims to drive long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability. It seeks to close the gap between knowledge learned in the classroom and the skills required by the industry, and enhance knowledge transfer as well.

“Talent is crucial for the growth and development of any industry and the rapidly growing ICT industry has greatly changed business models and customer requirements. As a result, across the ICT ecosystem there is an urgent need for large numbers of technical staff who can address the challenges posed by this transformation,” it said.

In 2021, Huawei provides an online experience of Seeds for the Future program to learn about the company, understand the latest technology trends, discover the technology ecosystem in China, learn from the best experts and get a glimpse of the Chinese culture.

As participants won’t be able to meet in person, they can e-meet their peers online during the program and join the global Alumni community for long-term idea-sharing and interaction.

As Huawei’s flagship global corporate social responsibility program, Seeds for the Future has been held consecutively for 12 years since its first launch in 2008 in Thailand, and nearly 9,000 students in 130 countries and regions around the globe have benefited from it.

Before 2019, Seeds for the Future was an onsite program, inviting talents to China to an exciting journey to get to know the dynamic and innovative Chinese cultural and technology scenes.

In 2020, in order to keep the continuity of the program it launched the first online version open to students of all academic backgrounds. Interestingly, the program has become more vibrant than ever.

Huawei Philippines launched Seeds for the Future Program in 2015, invited talents to an exciting journey to China, to support the rapidly growing ICT industry, close the gap between knowledge learned in the classroom and the skills required by the industry.

This year, on November 15, Huawei Philippines launched its 7th Seeds for the Future program, with over 100 Filipino students and professors from 20 universities participating. They were joined by officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) led by Chairman Prospero De Vera, and University of the Philippines Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo.

“As the world becomes more digital, Huawei has seen it fit not only to be business for profit but also to make the building of a better future its business. In 2008, it took this commitment to another level by launching its flagship CSR Program – Huawei Seeds for the Future. Now this Digital Spark has spread exponentially to make a difference in the lives of almost 9,000 beneficiaries worldwide,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in his speech.

“Seeds for the Future aptly named as such has been spreading and cultivating ICT expertise across the global expanse. Its beneficiaries are able to acquire ICT Knowledge first hand while collectively building their network of ICT talents. I am glad that this program has reached the Philippines in 2015, more than 100 Filipinos have benefited from the program and are now making tangible contributions to our ICT industry. I extend my warmest congratulations to Huawei for the remarkable success of Seeds for the Future and to its new crop of talents. I have high hopes that this program will continue to soar higher to make a difference in the lives of many and to build a better future for us all,” he said.

(From left) Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo, Department of Information and Communications Technology Undersecretary Arnold Ali Atienza and Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum. PHOTO FROM HUAWEI PHILIPPINES

(From left) Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo, Department of Information and Communications Technology Undersecretary Arnold Ali Atienza and Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum. PHOTO FROM HUAWEI PHILIPPINES

As the pandemic continues, the selected talents experienced eight days online training.

On Friday, November 26, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Arnold Ali Atienza and Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Undersecretary Renato Solidum, together with university heads and Seeds for the Future alumni joined the closing ceremony. With outstanding output, Huawei Philippines successfully held the 7th Seeds for the Future program this year with over 200 students in the Philippines benefiting from it.

ICT Academy

Besides Seeds for the Future program, Huawei Philippines ICT Academy is another non-profit partnership between Huawei and universities, colleges, and other educational institutions. This project applies to colleges and universities, independent colleges, and non-profit governmental educational institutions.

In this digital society, ICT technologies exert great influence on a variety of professions, leading to increasing interdisciplinary requirements.

Going through this partnership, the Academy delivers Huawei ICT technologies training, encourages students to get Huawei certification, and develops talents with practical skills for the ICT industry and the community which make them more employable and help them kick start their career with more job opportunities.

Huawei Philippines started the ICT Academy in 2018, and cooperated with University of Southeastern Philippines (UseP), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) and De La Salle University (DLSU).

Until 2021, the ICT Academy program has covered more than 50 universities and 9,600 students in the Philippines.

“The program is an enablement to the society and we would like to train the students to get the latest technology and bring them to the ICT industry. We focused 100 percent on ICT talent ecosystem development in the Philippines. The main responsibilities are talent development, faculty development, university operations and student certification,” Huawei said.

Scholarship

The scholarship is made possible because of Huawei’s Tech4all program. Huawei believes that no one should be left behind in this digital world thus Tech4all was launched – a long term digital inclusion initiative.

The Huawei scholarship is aimed to provide financial assistance to deserving students who are already in their third to fifth year in college to assist them financially. The scholarship program is on a pilot run with five of the top universities in the Philippines. Currently, Huawei sponsors 19 scholars from various universities and colleges for 2021.

“The current circumstances of the world cemented the fact that ICT is going to be the backbone of the economy moving forward. There is more opportunities for further growth through ICT, as new technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT become more widely applied in the new world. Huawei’s vision is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world. It is our great pleasure to offer more opportunities for ICT talents,” Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo said.