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Seeds for the Future

About the Programme

Each year Huawei recruits 10 STEM undergraduates from leading universities across the Ireland to participate in an all-expenses paid three-week cultural and work experience trip to China.

During the programme students will spend an initial period in Beijing where they will receive Mandarin language training from one of the best universities in Beijing and learn about Chinese culture. There will also be group tours to The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China and the 2008 Olympic Park.

Students will then be flown to Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, where they will learn about Huawei’s international business culture and values and spend time learning about Huawei’s products and solutions. At Huawei HQ students will also receive technical training from some of the finest professionals in the industry. Students will also get the opportunity to visit Huawei’s state of the art innovation lab at Songshanhu where Huawei manufactures a range of its class-leading products.

Since our inaugural Irish ‘Seeds’ programme in 2015, we have provided over 50 STEM undergraduates with the opportunity to learn about China and to experience working in Huawei’s dynamic global business HQ – an invaluable addition to any CV when looking for a job after graduation.

Watch our video on the 10 years’ development of ‘Seeds’ programme. Interested in an unforgettable career changing trip to China? Stay tuned. Huawei Ireland is accepting applications for the 2020 Irish Seeds for the Future Program before the closing date of 28th February 2020.

What do you need to be considered?

To be considered for Huawei Ireland “Seeds for the Future” programme in 2020 students will need to match the following criteria:
  • be an Irish passport holder
  • be studying a STEM or related discipline at an Irish university
  • be an undergraduate student
  • submit an essay of no more than 500 words demonstrating an interest in China and in Huawei and your suitability for the programme
  • demonstrate excellent academic acumen
  • have a strong interest in telecoms and technology issues
  • ideally have some knowledge of Mandarin or interest in learning the language

To Apply

To apply please send your CV and supporting essay to Luke McDonnell, PR Manager, Huawei Ireland at the following address:

Applications to be received by the closing date of 28th February 2020.

Please Note:

  • Only applications received before the closing date of 28th February 2020 will be considered.
  • Initial short-listing of candidates will be undertaken by each participating university, with final interview selection undertaken by Huawei Ireland (Spring 2020) whose decision is final.
  • No correspondence will be entered into once a final selection has been made by Huawei Ireland.
  • This is a non-salaried programme and participation in the programme does not imply that future employment will be offered by Huawei upon graduation, or any time in the future.
  • Huawei will cover all visa application costs and all travel and accommodation costs in China. In addition Huawei will provide an allowance per student for sundry living expenses in China.

Welcome Ceremony 

Student Feedback

“The Huawei campus in Shenzhen is amazing. I really enjoyed learning about telecoms technology and how Huawei has become the leading manufacturer and supplier of new 5G mobile technology. Visiting the production lines for the new Huawei P30 phones in Songshanhu was a highlight of the trip. The whole experience in Shenzhen was very impressive.”


Oisin Callan
Trinity College Dublin
2019 Huawei Seeds programme

“Getting to push myself out of my comfort zone, learning Mandarin, meeting with diplomatic dignitaries and business leaders, along with gaining access to ICT training that I would never have had encountered in my undergraduate work were all new and hugely exciting opportunities. I made friendships with not only my Irish co-participants but also the participants from Malaysia, Brunei and New Zealand.”


Fionn Bracken
University College Cork
2019 Huawei Seeds programme

“Not only has my understanding of the country improved greatly, it is far more well rounded than before. This program is a holistic introduction to China offering insight into food, language, art, business, and technology. From trying Peking duck and Dim Sum, to standing atop the great wall, to hearing the history of Forbidden City.”


Aimee Concannon
Trinity College Dublin
2019 Seeds programme