Huawei has long maintained a global leadership position in innovation, and R&D remains at the core of everything Huawei does. With that in mind, it was only natural that with a growing Australian presence, Huawei would want to share that expertise with local academic institutions.
In January 2010, Huawei announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES). The MoU was witnessed by Victorian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister John Lenders, with Huawei technology to be implemented in the IBES National Broadband Network ‘test bed’ environment.
"The commitment from Huawei, as well as the continuing support of the State Government of Victoria, ensures that IBES will play a key role in the development of an Australian society that is ready for a broadband-enabled future.” - IBES Director Professor Rod Tucker
In July 2010, Huawei announced a second University partnership, this time signing an MoU with RMIT. The agreement saw Huawei and RMIT partner to train up to 500 Victorian students on a variety of new technologies including fibre Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), Long Term Evolution (LTE), and Next-Generation broadband applications.
"Huawei is one of the world’s leading broadband technology companies, and this training program will be the start of the development of a new industry based on the products and services that will be delivered with the advent of super fast broadband.” - Victorian Minister for Information and Communication Technology John Lenders
The partnership was strengthened in December 2010 as Huawei announced the creation of a $250,000 Next Generation Technology Training Centre to be housed at RMIT. The Centre will use Huawei equipment to train students on next-generation broadband deployment and applications, essential skills required for the rollout of the National Broadband Network.
"The Next Generation Technology Training Centre will be a joint effort between RMIT and Huawei focused on providing training for the latest in next-generation technology and products. A major part of the centre’s function will be training people across the ICT industry on next-generation technology, with a particular focus on products and hardware for the National Broadband Network.” - Victorian Minister for Information and Communication Technology John Lenders
"As a global university of technology and design, there is powerful intersection between the RMIT’s research and teaching strengths and the needs of key industry partners and the labour market. RMIT’s collaboration with industry is integral to its leadership in applied research and education, and to the development of work-ready, highly skilled and globally focused graduates.” - RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO
In 2011, Huawei signed its third local University Partnership with Macquarie University. The partnership will establish a scholarship program for Electronic Engineering students, and will allow students to gain real-world experience working with Huawei on a range of major infrastructure projects, and will also offer scholarships to two students in their final year of the degree. Huawei also joined Macquarie University’s Engineering Industry Partnership Program (EIPP), alongside other industry partners including Optus, CSIRO, Cochlear, Commonwealth Bank, and more. Huawei has committed to hosting students as part of the University’s Industry Internships Program and Industry Work Experience Process, along with offering two $5,000 scholarships which will go to deserving students in the final year of their degree.
"We’re very pleased that our relationship with such a leading industry partner is growing, both here and in China, and are excited to think of future possibilities as our two organisations come together to meet national and international challenges in engineering and telecommunications.” - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Macquarie University, Professor Jim Piper