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Huawei ‘Seeds for the Future’ 2015: Undergraduates from Ireland and UK meet with the Irish Ambassador to China

Irish ambassador Paul Kavanagh hosts 42 undergraduate students from Ireland and UK as part of Huawei’s flagship CSR programme

London, UK, 06 August 2015: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that HE Paul Kavanagh, Ireland’s Ambassador to China, hosted 42 undergraduates from Ireland and the UK, at a reception in Beijing. The students, who come from some of the leading Irish and UK universities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, are all participating in the Huawei ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme.

‘Seeds for the Future’ – Huawei’s flagship corporate responsibility programme – seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfers and improve the skills and life chances of talented STEM undergraduates. This is the first year that ten students from Ireland have participated in the Huawei ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme. The students are from the following universities: Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

The four-week programme in China starts in Beijing, where undergraduates receive an introduction to Chinese culture and Mandarin. The students then spend time at Huawei’s Shenzhen campus learning about the technology industry and the long-term trends in mobile, networking and cloud computing. They will also take part in an ICT training course or undertake placements across the business.

HE Paul Kavanagh, said: “The Huawei ‘Seeds of the Future” programme is strengthening the links between Ireland and China by giving top Irish students from leading institutions the opportunity of hands-on experience and training from one of the world’s leading technology companies.” He added that, “There is a natural and thriving relationship between Huawei, a leading exponent of R&D worldwide, and Ireland which is a global centre for research, communication and entrepreneurship.”

Gordon Luo, Chief Executive, Huawei UK & Ireland, said: “As a global leader in the technology industry, we believe we have a responsibility to nurture the next generation of talent, and it is encouraging to see this programme go from strength to strength each year. The UK and Ireland are important markets for us and we’re committed to encouraging ICT collaboration and developing the skills of talented young people in these countries.”

Huawei has been present in the Irish market for ten years, having opened its first office in May 2004. Huawei works with all major telecom operators in Ireland and its products and services meet the needs of approximately two million people across the country. In December 2014 Huawei was pleased to host Michael D Higgins, the Irish President at Huawei’s campus in Shenzhen where he welcomed the launching of a “Seeds for the Future” programme for Irish undergraduate students in 2015.

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