Huawei Technologies, a Chinese global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Makerere University to support students studying IT related engineering courses.
Under the initiative, ‘Telecom Seed for the Future’, the top performing students at the College of Computing and Information Sciences will get scholarships to train at Huawei academies based in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and the company’s headquarters in China.
The students will also be recommended for internship within the telecommunications companies that are clients to Huawei, where they will get a hands-on approach and exposure to the ever changing field of ICT. At the signing ceremony, the director of communication and broadcasting infrastructure in the ICT ministry, Dr Godfrey Kibuuka, commended Huawei for its support.
“Our aim is to work closely with Makerere University to help in training the next generation of ICT professionals whom we hope will contribute positively to the development of the ICT sector in the country in the future,” Kibuuka said.
Makerere Vice Chancellor Prof Venansius Baryamureeba commended the collaboration with Huawei, saying some of the university staff are already benefitting from the Chinese government scholarships.
“The College of Computing and Information Sciences has been sending students to India for internship and we are glad that Huawei is opening up China and other countries as new training grounds for these students,” he said.
In East Africa, Huawei is in partnership with Nairobi, Moi and Kenyatta universities, offering support to engineering students.