Huawei and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) with the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA)-certified students [Photo credit: Victor Ngobeni] at Huawei Innovation and Experience Centre
[Johannesburg, South Africa, 18th August 2017] Huawei and its channel partners hosted a certification award ceremony as well as interview sessions for Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA) graduates from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) today at the Huawei Innovation and Experience Centre in Sandton. The HAINA initiative is a global ICT technology education program and was jointly launched with TUT in April 2015. It was the first HAINA established in the Southern Africa region.
Huawei, together with participating channel partners EOH, Mustek, Pinnacle, DataCentrix and Gijima, presented HCNA-Router and Switch certificates to sixteen HAINA-trained graduates from TUT. These students form the first group to be certified from a Huawei-partnered university in Southern Africa. As part of their graduation, interviews were hosted for these students to meet Huawei’s partner companies, to be given first priority for internships and employment opportunities.
The event marks an important milestone in Huawei’s strategy of building the Huawei Ecosystem Talent Alliance to form a talent ecological chain consisting of students/public, network academies/HALPs, and partners/customers, with the aim of fostering a virtuous cycle of ICT knowledge and talent. To this end, Huawei has established a complete global ICT training and certification system, including in-house training centres, authorised external training centres, and joint education projects with more than 220 universities worldwide.
To combine industry and academic experience, the HAINA was established as a partnership program which authorises universities and other tertiary education institutes to deliver Huawei certification courses to their students. Based on Huawei's global leadership and its innovative technologies in the ICT industry, the program aspires to help accelerate the development of educational tools and promote the development of the local ICT technical workforce. Students who graduate from the HAINA courses are encouraged to attain further Huawei certifications in support of a subsequent career in the ICT industry.
“We are really proud of the graduates. By working with universities to provide industry-specific, scenario-based training and skills that students really need, Huawei hopes to cultivate a better ICT talent eco-system for South Africa. We will continue to encourage students to participate in Huawei’s Career Certifications and look forward to incorporating these certifications into our customers' ICT talent development systems,” says David Feng, Solutions Director of Huawei Enterprise Business Group for South Africa.
To date, Huawei has already launched the HAINA program to five universities in South Africa: Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), as well as University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).