Building network infrastructure and applications alone is not enough to achieve Digital Inclusion. Bridging the huge digital divide between different regions and countries is equally important. To truly address these issues, Huawei works with governments, local communities, and other industries to improve the digital skills of individuals and society as a whole, and help SMEs enhance digital capabilities. By doing this, Huawei contributes to the development of local communities and countries and makes their digital economies more competitive.
Huawei's RuralStar solution has connected many remote locations across Kenya, but some, like the residents of Duse village, still cannot enjoy the benefits of connectivity because they lack the basic skills needed to use smartphones and digital applications. To fully utilize new network infrastructure, these underserved people urgently need education in basic digital skills.
To help Duse village tackle these new challenges, Huawei has developed custom courses to help locals improve their digital skills, focusing on how to use mobile phones and their possible applications. These courses first teach residents how to power on a mobile phone, connect to Wi-Fi, turn on mobile data, and view battery percentage, then move on to how to access the Internet, watch the news, check the weather, listen to music, watch videos, take photos, and finally how to make calls, send messages, send and receive emails, and chat with others on WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition, Huawei worked with local institutions to provide an additional 30+ free online courses to local residents, aimed at helping them increase digital skills. These courses include tutorials on using computer keyboards and mice, creating email accounts, and using search engines.
With the help of two local volunteers, Huawei trained 551 Duse residents between April and May 2018. Huawei also donated tablets that local residents can use to take free online courses.
According to a post-training survey, all respondents said that they were able to learn how to better use smartphones and digital applications (e.g., sending and receiving messages, chatting with friends, and visiting Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and other social media platforms via a mobile phone.) thanks to Huawei's digital training courses.
In 2017, the Bangladeshi government, Robi Axiata, the country's second largest telecom carrier, and Huawei launched a joint "digital training bus" program. The program was designed to help women, including high school students and undergraduates, in remote areas learn basic computer skills and telecommunications knowledge.
Six digital training buses, each equipped with 23 workstations, were deployed across the country's 64 districts. These special-purpose buses also boasted laptops, standby generators, air conditioners, wireless networks, learning software, and customized training modules. The basic courses offered covered areas such as computer knowledge and Internet skills. So far, about 50,000 women in Bangladesh have benefited from this program.
Married women in Bangladesh often stay at home, which means they have very limited access to education and job opportunities. Our "digital training bus" program aims to make a difference to their lives by providing them with a learning platform that keeps them informed of what's happening in the world. This can help them create a better future for themselves and future generations.
Bangladesh is a telling example of how even a small step forward in digital development can make a huge difference to the lives of women, and facilitate gender equality, basic education, and economic development.
Since 2013, Huawei has rolled out the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (Huawei ICT Academy, or HAINA) – a joint program between Huawei and universities from around the world. The Academy transfers knowledge about Huawei's ICT technologies and products to university students worldwide and encourages them to participate in technical certifications. The program aims to develop innovative technical professionals required by the ICT industry and society and build a healthy ICT talent ecosystem.
Huawei ICT Academy provides a variety of ICT courses for global universities on emerging technologies such as cloud, storage, big data, IoT, and AI. By the end of 2018, Huawei ICT Academy had covered 557 universities worldwide, including 42 of the top 500 global universities and 40 leading Chinese universities. About 80,000 students from over 60 countries have participated in the project, and 30,000 students have passed Huawei's certification.
In 2018, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in partnership with the Huawei ICT Academy, created a course on LiteOS and NB-IoT. This joint project helped foster innovation among students, deepen industry-academia collaboration, and explore a new model for cultivating the next generation of ICT professionals.
Huawei is committed to driving education digitalization. With our ICT-enabled information sharing platforms, we provide quality education resources that are both free and openly accessible to help more students learn ICT technologies and products. This will help bridge the education divide and promote education equality.
In 2018, the Huawei ICT Competition attracted more than 40,000 students from over 800 universities across 32 countries and regions, including China, the UK, Spain, Italy, Russia, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and India. This event has driven collaboration between Huawei and universities on talent cultivation and helped build a global ICT talent ecosystem.
As the world approaches a critical moment in its digital transformation, it has become increasingly clear that the market does not have sufficient ICT talent. Universities do not provide enough opportunities for students to gain hands-on practice, and have not yet developed a mature ICT talent training program. This is a huge challenge facing carriers, governments, and international markets. To address this, Huawei has launched a national ICT talent development program to foster ICT professionals by working with local governments, universities, trade schools, training institutions, and telecom carriers. Huawei provides customized end-to-end ICT talent development solutions to carriers and governments by developing ICT skillsets and competency and qualification criteria based on national ICT talent development strategies and local talent demands.
With its industry-leading ICT talent development practices, Huawei has provided specialized advice and services to carriers and governments to help them build learning organizations and processes, curriculums, train-the-trainer systems, and training centers, to ensure that the ICT talent development program is well executed. In addition, Huawei's cloud services are enabling learners from around the world to access learning resources anytime, anywhere. Huawei's authoritative, all-encompassing, and layered certification system covers different stages of the ICT talent career development lifecycle, helping create clear career development paths for all kinds of learners.
So far, Huawei has deployed the national ICT talent development program in 50 countries and regions worldwide, with a focus on developing countries and regions, including Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Cameroon, Guinea, South Africa, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Costa Rica, and Macedonia.
In October 2018, Huawei released its AI Developer Enablement Program. Powered by Huawei's full-stack and all-scenario AI portfolio, the program aims to build a better development ecosystem by providing AI resources, platforms, courses, joint solutions, and other support. Through this program, Huawei is working with developers, partners, universities, and research institutes to build an affordable, effective, reliable, and inclusive AI platform.
For developers, the program provides 20 hours of free introductory training, 21 days of beginner-level AI training, AI developer contests, and an innovation incubation camp for top talent to help them convert their research into commercial applications.
For partners, Huawei builds joint solutions based on Huawei's AI computing platform and development platform to promote AI application in different industries. In addition, Huawei has set up an AI promotion alliance, built joint innovation labs, and provided 1,000 free development environments including development models and boards. Huawei also supplied the first 20 partners of this program with expert resources, joint solutions, and extra support for AI product launches and technical training. Huawei also shared market resources with partners to jointly expand the market.
For universities and research institutes, Huawei has launched an AI talent development plan. The plan includes an investment of CNY1 billon for developing AI talent by providing AI resources and AI suites. With the plan, Huawei will work with universities and research institutes to develop AI courses, publish textbooks, establish dedicated AI colleges and institutes, build AI laboratories, provide AI certification to students, and participate in the Chinese Ministry of Education's industry-academy cooperation program. Huawei will also include universities in the Huawei Cloud open community which acts as a communication platform for universities, research institutions, and Huawei AI experts. These universities and research institutes will be given access to the computing power and technologies available on Huawei's AI platform to promote scientific research and exploration in AI.