Huawei and HCT Fujairah join forces in annual knowledge transfer program for Emirati engineering students

The Fujairah HCT Engineering students were excited about the prospects of a trip to Huawei's China headquarters.

The Fujairah HCT Engineering students were excited about the prospects of a trip to Huawei's China headquarters.

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, recently partnered with Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Fujairah to offer ten top students an exceptional opportunity to gain practical skills for a future career in the ICT industry through an international training program held at Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, from January 6 – 13, 2012.

The initiative is a significant part of Huawei and HCT’s close cooperation in helping Emirati students to pursue a variety of technical careers within the region’s thriving telecommunications industry. The participants—made up of one male and nine female third-year Bachelor of Electronic Engineering students—are the latest group to be sponsored by Huawei during the four year history of the program.

The program’s coursework was designed by Huawei and HCT after careful evaluation of the participants’ skills and requirements, ensuring added value relevant to their individual career goals.  This year’s students also had the chance to experience Chinese hospitality and learn more about the country through a number of cultural activities planned by the hosts.

In addition to a series of in-class modules, the training program included on-site visits and practical labs working with Huawei data, production and logistics experts at the company’s global Research & Development (R&D) Centre. Over 40 per cent of Huawei’s +110,000 employees worldwide are actively involved in R&D, spread across twenty Huawei research institutes in countries such as China, USA, India and Brazil.

The state-of-the-art Huawei University, where the ten Fujairah students spent time during their study visit.

“While the program has clear benefits for the students, being able to work alongside young individuals from the UAE is also a truly rewarding experience for our own Huawei teams,” notes Mr. Lv Jun, General Manager of Huawei, UAE. “The program will ultimately help to ensure that these aspiring students have access to the right technical knowledge and real-life experience to complete their degrees and find fulfilling jobs after graduation.”

According to consultancy and investment firm Delta Partners, the value of the ICT market in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia alone is expected to grow by $60 billion in the next two years—reaching a value of $228 billion in 2013.

“Partnerships like the one that resulted in this trip provide our students with invaluable exposure to the world which is critical if they are to be successful in the global economy of the future,” comments Dr. Dave Pelham, Director of Higher College of Technology in Fujairah. “We cannot thank Huawei enough for their support to our students.  They are an outstanding partner and a wonderful global corporate citizen.”

“This trip assisted our students on so many levels – from their future employment prospects, to achieving a number of HCT graduate outcomes including global awareness & citizenship, technological literacy and teamwork & leadership,” Dr. Pelham added.

Barry Naidoo, one of the faculty chaperones on this year’s trip, currently holds the corporate chair for the Huawei Professor in ICT within the HCT campus network. “We were very excited to attend cutting-edge Huawei technology training in areas such as telecomm network architecture, 3G/4G/LTE mobile technology, Cloud Computing and GPON,” says Mr. Naidoo.

The 2012 training program was run in cooperation with Huawei University (HU), which involves senior professionals from the company who come together to lead training initiatives including new employee orientation, in-service training and a customers’ training program.

As part of Huawei’s ongoing cooperation with HCT, the company also makes valuable contributions to the development of the UAE’s national workforce as a member of HCT Foundation’s “HCT-100”. The HCT 100 members’ generosity supports excellence in student learning through the continued enhancement of teaching, research, and resources, as well as direct financial support for those in need.