In recognition of the impressive work that some of the partner universities are doing, Huawei Zimbabwe on Monday donated ICT training equipment to the University of Zimbabwe and TelOne Centre for Learning.
The telecommunications firm on Monday also launched the 2022 edition of the Seeds for the Future program under which 30 undergraduate university students will undergo a week-long, virtual training course to upgrade their information and communications technology (ICT) knowledge and skills.
Running for the eighth year in Zimbabwe now, the program has evolved over the years as it continues to nurture and bolster ICT skills for tertiary students and ICT professionals.
In addition to helping beneficiaries to close the gap between theory and practice and master required skills, the program also encourages countries across different regions to participate in the construction of digital communities.
“Today’s event is all about nurturing youth leadership in ICT sector. In our 25 years of operation in Zimbabwe, this has always been our number one priority to promote local empowerment and capacity building, whilst we bring the best technology and solutions to assist Zimbabwe’s glorious and ambitious national development master plan,” Huawei’s Technologies Zimbabwe Managing Director Wei Qingtao said at the launch.
This year’s launch also included an ICT job fair that was designed to promote local Huawei-certified ICT Talent to Huawei partners and offer them the opportunity to advance their careers and further enrich Huawei’s talent ecosystem by cultivating and harnessing the value of ICT talent.
At the job fair, students were given the opportunity to do onsite interviews with Huawei partners, giving them valuable experience as they enter the job market.
Several representatives from Huawei partner organizations participated in the fair.
Speaking at the same event, Wang Wei, the counselor at the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe and wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun, said it was pleasing to see growing ties between Zimbabwe and China in the ICT sector.
“Last year, I was here to witness 30 ICT students from Zimbabwe’s top universities getting opportunities to study in China,” said Wang. “I am pleased to see a growing number of Zimbabwean engineers being availed the opportunity to approach the state-of-the-art technology and experience a different culture in China, and wish the Seeds for the Future program could further advance the high-tech sector of Zimbabwe.”
Wang handed over a donation by Huawei Zimbabwe and the Chinese Embassy to Zimbabwean First Lady and Patron of the Seeds for the Future program Auxillia Mnangagwa for her charity organization, Angel of Hope Foundation.
The First Lady commended Huawei for its support in further training ICT students, and the support to her charity organization.
Other high-profile speakers at the event included Zimbabwe’s ICT Minister Jenfan Muswere and Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Amon Murwira, who both commended the Huawei program and urged the students to maximize the opportunity so as to help Zimbabwe build a digital economy and help it achieve its vision to become a middle-income economy by 2030.