Connectivity alone cannot bridge the digital divide – limited knowledge and training in digital technologies and a lack of digital skills exacerbates the divide. Huawei recognizes that efforts are needed to educate more people about the benefits of digital technologies and how to access and use such knowledge.
Through better training, people can make better use of the information and digital tools available to them. An inclusive digital economy can lead to more trade, better capital use, improved efficiency, and accelerated innovation. This is why Huawei continues to focus on improving ICT education. With the right skills, many more people will be able to invent, create, communicate, and share knowledge with others in ways that help stimulate local job markets and enrich the world even further.
In 2013, Huawei launched a joint project with universities called the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA), or the Huawei ICT Academy. Through this project, cooperating universities deliver courses on Huawei ICT technologies, encourage students to get Huawei certifications, cultivate professionals with practical skills for the ICT industry, and build a healthy ICT talent ecosystem.
Since we started in 2013, over 55,000 students from 58 countries and 11 regions have participated in this program, and more than 12,000 have passed Huawei's certifications. In 2017, 5,475 students obtained HAINA certifications and continued on to attend training to expand their career. In 2017, the project included Edinburgh Napier University, Northumbria University, and the University of Surrey in the UK, the University of São Paulo in Brazil, the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Hunan University in China, as well as many other new universities and colleges. The project provides courses over six main areas, including routing and switching, security, WLAN, cloud, storage, and big data.
ICT Skill Competition is part of the HAINA project. In 2017, the competition attracted 12,500 students from 26 provinces in China and five regions overseas, including Western Europe, Southern Pacific, Southern Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. The ICT Skill Competition Middle East Final attracted 10,285 participants, with 30 of them from 10 Middle Eastern countries and regions standing out to vie for the top 3 places. As a mature talent cultivation program, the competition plays a critical role in helping build an ICT talent ecosystem.
Huawei's Global ICT Skill Competition Final 2017 in Shenzhen
Addis Ababa University (AAU) is Ethiopia's largest university, having nearly 50,000 students, 5 museums, and 13 campuses as well as numerous branches nationwide. However, the capacity of its existing network was increasingly insufficient and the system was becoming too complex and costly to maintain.
Huawei worked with the university to upgrade its campus to provide greater bandwidth for more real-time educational applications, such as desktop cloud, VoIP, and on-demand high-definition video. Before the upgrade, user experience had been poor. Huawei's restructuring resulted in a ten-fold improvement in bandwidth. The previously complex network structure, which required high levels of expertise to maintain, was replaced with a new integrated system that can be centrally managed. The new infrastructure has enabled excellent operations at AAU and is based on similar systems that Huawei has also installed in other world-class institutions, such as Peking University (China), Tsinghua University (China), and Newcastle University (UK).
Education authorities from the city of Yuxi, in China's Yunnan province, worked with Huawei to create a digital campus that would bridge the gap between its urban and rural schools and improve access to information and knowledge. Huawei provided broadband access and enabled cloud-based resource sharing between schools, giving students access to online and mobile education resources, as well as an "e-school bag" (a digital workspace). Network capacity was tailored to each school's individual needs to ensure proper cost control and was designed for security, stability, and easy maintenance.
Yuxi became the first city in Yunnan to deploy an ICT-based education system. Huawei's Agile Education Campus Network Solution helped connect nearly 1,000 schools in the area to create more flexible and equitable access to education for the city's children.