Kenyan students sent to China to hone ICT skills

December 8, 2014
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The program is aimed at giving skills to top engineering students drawn from various local universities with the requisite ICT skills /FILE
The program is aimed at giving skills to top engineering students drawn from various local universities with the requisite ICT skills /FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in partnership with Huawei Technologies, has sent the first beneficiaries of the “Huawei Seeds for the Future” internship program, to China.

The program is aimed at giving skills to top engineering students drawn from various local universities with the requisite ICT skills and providing them with the opportunity to learn and apply the latest technologies.

The nine students will travel to china for training on Chinese culture, language and innovative ICT technologies and interaction with top IT specialists at the Huawei University.

“Kenya is already a leader in ICT on the continent and we want to ensure that we maintain this leadership and also grow the momentum internationally. This programme is a reflection of not only our focus on developing local skills but on the government’s commitment in working with the private sector,” ICT Authority Acting CEO Victor Kyalo said.

Following completion of the program, the students will be awarded certificates in addition to professional mentorship acquired in China.

“For Kenya to compete globally in technology, there is a continued need to nurture local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer while promoting a greater understanding of and interest in the telecommunications sector,” Kyalo added.

Officially launched in 2008, The Huawei Seeds for the Future-Student Study Trip Program has been implemented in more than 30 countries, with Kenya being the first beneficiary in Africa.

The program aims to further technical knowledge transfer through interactions with Huawei staff, laboratory visits for hands-on experience and to witness live demonstrations of the latest ICT technologies globally.

“Huawei is committed to developing ICT talent in Africa and beyond by collaborating with local governments, higher education institutions and other organisations for students to study and experience future technologies at the firm’s headquarters in China, CEO Huawei Technologies Kenya, Dean Yu says.

The firm is also running the second call of “Huawei Seeds for the Future” internship program until December, 2014.

The program, an initiative of Huawei and ICT Authority is looking for talented university students in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year of study, specialising in ICT Engineering.

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