Huawei Completes another Successful Round of “Sky Seeds for the Future” Programme With 10 Top Students
[Kuala Lumpur, 19 December 2020] Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (Huawei) has successfully conducted another round of its flagship Seeds for the Future programme, in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
Ten top students from universities across the country were selected to participate in the programme, which ran from December 14-18. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the five-day programme was carried out fully online and aptly dubbed “Sky Seeds for the Future”. The students had a virtual graduation ceremony on December 18.
The Seeds for the Future Programme is Huawei’s flagship global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative which was launched in 2008 with the goal of nurturing students in institutions of higher learning, in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Over the past 12 years, the programme has benefited over 5,700 young talents across the globe.
In Malaysia, Huawei has partnered with MOHE since 2014 to conduct the programme, which has since helped over 90 students from various universities across the country level up their digital skills.
In presenting her keynote address during the Sky Seeds for the Future closing ceremony on December 18, Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad described the programme as “timely”.
“Not only does it give our graduates international exposure, although virtually this time, it also enhances knowledge sharing, international networking, and promotes greater understanding and interest in the ICT industry,” Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini said, adding that the programme also provides an opportunity for Malaysian students to compete and learn on a global stage.
The Minister said that education was one of the most empowering forces in the world as it “builds futures and confidence, creates knowledge, and breaks down barriers to opportunities”.
Addressing the 10 students who participated in the programme, Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad said, “You have made us proud by being chosen to represent Malaysia in this programme.”
Also speaking at the closing ceremony, Huawei Malaysia CEO Michael Yuan said that with 5G here today and powering growth and innovation through technologies such as Cloud Computing and Artificial intelligence (AI), faster and more drastic evolution across all sectors is to be expected.
(Huawei Malaysia CEO Michael Yuan giving his virtual speech)
“If there is one thing that this COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, it is the importance and urgency of bridging the digital divide. One of the ways we can do so is by equipping the talents of today with the necessary digital tools and skill sets,” Mr. Yuan said, adding that the Seeds for the Future programme is a way through which Huawei can lend its expertise to help prepare the young people of today for an increasingly intelligent and complex world.
“As a global technology leader, Huawei believes that it is our duty to use our expertise and resources to help develop skilled digital talent wherever we are,” he said.
Through the Seeds for the Future programme, students will get an exclusive opportunity to upskill by leveraging Huawei’s wealth of cutting-edge technological capabilities and resources, which can boost their future career prospects. They will also get to learn from Huawei’s global business operations, cross-cultural work practices, and Chinese culture.
Technology areas which were covered by the programme include 5G, Cloud Computing, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), and Cybersecurity. Upon completing the programme, each student received a certificate from the Huawei Global Government Affairs Department President Marin Xu.
To learn more about the “Seeds for the Future” program, log on to: https://www.huawei.com/minisite/seeds-for-the-future/history.html