[Shenzhen, China, September 13, 2016] Sir David Bell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading, today visited the global headquarters of Huawei in Shenzhen, China. The Vice Chancellor met with Huawei Senior Vice President Amy Lin and discussed future cooperation. Sir Bell was also given a tour of Huawei's headquarters and R&D centre.
Huawei's UK headquarters are based in Reading. Since it opened the first office in Britain 15 years ago, the company has attached great importance to connecting with the communities in which it operates. Huawei has forged several partnerships with the University of Reading, one of the major universities in the UK. In December 2015, Huawei and the University of Reading launched the first UK arm of Huawei's Authorized Information Network Academy (HAINA). The partnership combines industry and academic expertise to help enhance the skills and career prospects of students and industry professionals.
Speaking about his visit to Huawei, Sir David Bell said, "Huawei plays a significant role in educating the next-generation of IT professionals in the UK. We've collaborated with Huawei in a number of different ways and we look forward to strengthening our relationship as we move towards building stronger digital skills."
This year, three students from the University of Reading participated in Huawei's Seeds for the Future programme, which involves sending UK Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students to China to promote STEM careers and skills. This programme aims to help develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge, and improve the skills of talented graduates. So far, 134 students from universities across the UK have benefited from this programme.
Huawei Senior Vice President Amy Lin said: "Huawei welcomes Sir David Bell to Shenzhen. The UK is one of Huawei's most important strategic markets globally. We look forward to strengthening this partnership and making significant contributions to improving the skills of ICT professionals and numerous young people to enable them to have better career prospects."