Ten talented students from selected Ugandan colleges and universities have been given a chance by technology firm, Huawei, to visit China and go through a two-week hands-on training stint under its “Seeds for the Future’ program.
Huwaei’s managing director in Uganda, Jerry Liujiawei said, “Huawei’s vision is to bridge the digital divide and make Uganda a better-connected place. In Uganda the program successfully started in 2016 with President Museveni flagging off 10 ICT talents to Beijing and Shenzhen.
The “Seeds for the Future” is Huawei’s global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) flagship program that selects top college students in ICT-related courses for a technological study trip in China.
Liujiawei said, “We pledge our continued support to the digitization process of this nation by using this program to cultivate more talents that are crucial to ICT sector development, thus boosting industry growth and driving development of different other sectors.”
Education and sports minister, Mrs. Janet Museveni said,“I really thank you for standing with Uganda in our struggle to build our muscle in ICT for our developing country in the global community.”
Handing over a national flag to bid them farewell, Mrs. Museveni encouraged the successful students to maximize the opportunity and make the best of it to learn more and on return, to pass on the knowledge to others.
She said, “As you are going to China remember to be a good citizen and also learn the principle of serving others first and yourself last. If you remember this in life, it will take you a long way and give you mileage.”
The event was witnessed by the Chinese Embassy Charge D’ Affairs, Chu Mao Ming, and the Principal College of Computing and Information Science Makerere University Tony Oyana among others.
The Huawei program has been implemented in 96 countries and international organisations worldwide benefiting over 30,000 students from 280 universities.
Ming said, “China’s leadership has committed to further developing its relationship with Africa and Uganda in particular. I am glad companies like Huawei have initiatives to further achieve this commitment.”