Huawei Offers Irish University Students the Opportunity to Take Part in an Immersive Technology Experience


Friday 7th, May 2021: Applications are now open for STEM students from Irish universities to apply for Huawei’s international learning and development programme, ‘Seeds for the Future’. 

The programme offers third-level students studying in Ireland the opportunity to take part in an exclusive online event to develop their understanding of the ICT industry while also learning about Chinese culture. 

The programme has been available to STEM students in Ireland since 2015, with over 90 students benefitting from this unique learning and cultural experience delivered by one of the world’s leading ICT companies.  

Seeds for the Future has adapted to the global trend of virtual education, with the 2021 edition once again being delivered online, giving more STEM students and those with an interest in technology from Irish universities the opportunity to take part. 

Students that secure a place on the programme will have the unique opportunity to experience virtual tours of Huawei’s campuses, the companies’ flagship store in central Shenzhen, alongside Chinese culture experiences like tours of famous cities, learning Mandarin, calligraphy and an insight into modern Chinese businesses. They will also study different levels of basic and advanced courses exploring the latest developments in smart cities, AI, cloud computing, 5G and Internet of Things. Other course options include guest lectures on digital transformation, sustainable technology and strategic leadership given by either Huawei senior engineers or guest speakers from industry thought-leaders. 

Tony Yangxu, CEO of Huawei Ireland, said the 2021 ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme’s focus is to nurture STEM talent in Ireland: 

“The programme works to give STEM students the skills and mind-set needed to be competitive in the workplaces of the future. Tech companies have a real role to play in encouraging students to pursue STEM careers, and Huawei is proud to help those who take STEM courses be as well equipped to enter the workplace as possible.”

He added: “With our experience of moving the program online last year for the first time, it was heartening to see the discussion between the Irish Seeds students and students from other countries. We hope this year’s virtual event will inspire more brilliant ideas from the students and give them a greater understanding of the world and workings of a global technology company.”  

In 2020, more than 35 Irish students from eight universities took part in the programme, among which around 35% were female. Rachel Byrne, a student of Trinity College Dublin, who was one of the students from the 2020 Seeds programme said: “One of the most important things I’ve learned from the programme is that each of us here share a similar vision – to make a positive impact on the world, whether it be through technology, healthcare, sustainability or business. To me, Huawei embodies the philosophy of unity. Connecting the world through 5G, changing people’s lives with A.I.”

Students can apply for the 2021 Seeds for The Future programme by sending their CV and an essay of 400 to 600 words reflecting their interests and why they should be chosen to take part to 

The programme will be delivered in October 2021.

More information for the programme please see the official website

* ICT – information communications technology