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Students to Gain Insight Into the Future of ICT


Twenty Kiwi students from University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology and Victoria University of Wellington, have won places on a two-week ICT training course in China under Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme.

Seeds for the Future selects high-achieving students from around the world for an all-expenses trip to Huawei’s headquarters to gain practical insights into the future of the ICT industry. 

This year 20 undergraduate students from ICT or relevant majors have travelled to Beijing and Shenzhen in China later this month. 

Andrew Bowater, Deputy CEO of Huawei New Zealand says the company was impressed with these kiwis students.

“The entrants from three NZ universities were high calibre—intelligent and enthusiastic young people. We’re excited to have the twenty successful applicants take part in the programme. It provides vital link between classroom learning and the type of real world situations students will face once they enter the workforce.”

Professor Mengjie Zhang from Victoria’s School of Engineering and Computer Science says the excursion is a fantastic opportunity for the students.

“They’ll get first-hand work experience into the work of a multinational ICT company—learning about the latest technological developments, getting hands-on in Huawei’s laboratories, and meeting key people.

“They’ll also experience Chinese history, culture and language, and get to visit historical landmarks. I’m sure the students will find it very useful for their future.

“Victoria University is dedicated to being a leader in imagining and exploring the possibilities of a digital age, and is grateful to Huawei for extending this opportunity.”
Huawei is the world’s largest telecommunications vendor. Its Seeds for the Future programme launched in 2008, and has since been implemented in 96 countries, giving opportunities to over 30,000 students from 280 universities.

The NZ Ambassador Madam Clare Fearnly met all 20 students at the newly opened NZ Embassy in Beijing on Nov 15th.