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Nurturing ICT Professionals and Transferring Skills

Overcoming the digital divide is difficult and requires strong efforts from different parts of society. A number of challenges exist in nurturing ICT professionals, transferring skills, and creating a robust ICT ecosystem.

  • ICT skills: Many countries – both developing and developed – face a large shortage in skilled ICT workers to develop ICT solutions. For example, the European Commission is anticipating a shortage of up to 800,000 skilled ICT workers by 2020.
  • Ecosystem capacity: With the rapid evolution of technologies, policymakers lack the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to set the right frameworks and policies to grow a strong ICT industry.
  • R&D: A lack of R&D capacity to develop local solutions to meet local needs.

Huawei provides a wide range of ICT training programs around the world to help students increase skills, find employment, and receive continuous professional training.Our training programs include:

  • Our Seeds for the Future program, which provides students from around the world a chance to come to China for one month and increase their understanding of Chinese culture and learn about the latest technologies from Huawei experts. (For more information, see the Supporting Local Communities section.)
  • Our 140 Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academies (HAINAs) in 13 countries, which have provided highly practical and certifiable training for 4,000 students (15% are female) in order to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
  • Our 45 training centers, which offer ICT training for our customers and other staff.
  • Our network of Huawei Authorized Learning Partners, which provide professional training solutions in local markets.

Technology is Underused in Asian Education: Huge Potential in Remote Learning

Huawei Technologies and CSR Asia have launched a whitepaper on current use and potential for Information Communication Technology (ICT) in education across China and ASEAN. “The Role of ICT in Realising Education for all by 2030 - Achieving Sustainable Development Goal Four” is the title of the paper. It focuses on the role that technology can play in helping achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number four (SDG4), which prioritises equitable access to quality education for all ages and aims to fill gaps in education systems worldwide.

The paper explores the current reality of education in the region and the ways in which ICT could help drive positive change in access and quality. In a region with significant economic and social diversity, the greatest leveller, social unifier, and driver of sustainable development in all countries is education. Used strategically, ICT can dramatically enhance education equity, quality and efficiency through its ability to facilitate fast, synergetic and scalable change. However, compared with most developed nations, the region has yet to take full advantage of this opportunity.

The paper provides a framework for action in efforts to re-imagine the learning experience and provide universal access to a quality education. To succeed, there needs to be collective action, and the paper actively urges key players in the educational ecosystem to participate in shaping a better future for education in the region. There is a role for governments, regulators, policymakers, non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, teachers, content and ICT solutions providers, employers, investors and funders. 

An inclusive education takes into account the specialised learning needs of vulnerable people including women and girls, children of migrant workers, refugees, children with disabilities, and ethnic minorities. ICT can help all types of learners as it breaks down some of the barriers to a quality education.

 “We need to equip today’s learners for tomorrow’s job market,” says Richard Welford, CSR Asia Chairman. “The SDGs have provoked a global call not only to increase access, but also to improve the quality of education for all. Our conversations with a diverse team of education and ICT practitioners highlighted the need to first focus on those receiving little and/or poor quality education in seeking to affect a regional shift in knowledge and skills acquisition. This paper discusses how ICT can help determine how best to proceed with changing education systems and pedagogies for the future.” 

According to the paper, quality learning results from addressing all processes within the education system: context of learning, learner characteristics, enabling inputs, teaching and learning support, and outcomes – and then finding ways to improve each process. ICT in education can help streamline education system processes and, thereby, improve the quality of education.

 “There is an enormous opportunity through technology to bridge the education gaps and provide inclusive and equitable education for all,” says Holy Ranaivozanany, Head of CSR, Huawei. “Internet connectivity fosters the development of online learning and digital services that enable capacity building and knowledge sharing beyond borders.”

Education is a life-long pursuit, and ICT has advantages in opening up access to lifelong learning programmes. Lifelong learning facilitates the personal development of learners and enhances their employability, social mobility and capacity to be effective in participating in activities designed to improve the quality of life in their communities. Creative learning options come from creating flexible learning spaces, such as interactive websites, chat rooms, web-based courses and online libraries.

“Achieving SDG4 will require the entire region to create and collaborate on ideas and join in on shaping the future of education together,” said Ms Ranaivozanany. “Everyone has a role to play.”

CSR Asia is a mission-driven business creating value for clients and partners in Asia by supporting responsible, inclusive and sustainable business. Their services include sustainability strategy and reporting, and development and community investment. Committed to creating positive change, CSR Asia delivers value through advisory and networks and provides access to a knowledge bank of accessible reports and articles as well as events.

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- White Paper: “The Role of ICT in Realising Education for all by 2030 - Achieving Sustainable Development Goal Four”

- Infographic

HAINA in Pakistan Changes Fatima’s Life

The Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy(HAINA) is a non-profit program implemented in collaboration with universities. It aims to promote the development and dissemination of ICT technologies, train professionals, and meet the ICT ecosystem’s long-term need for talent. HAINA partners with educational institutions to provide certifications across three levels (Associate, Professional and Expert) and multiple courses including routing and switching, transmission, WLAN, security, storage, and cloud computing.

The HAINA network is rapidly expanding. In 2015, Huawei signed an agreement with UET Lahore and FAST National University and set up two HAINAs in Pakistan. We are helping the universities to provide a cloud computing and Big Data course, and we will set up a cloud lab, train professors, provide a curriculum, and also offer training and internships in cloud computing.

Fatima Sameeullah, graduating from FAST National University in Islamabad, is one of the 110-plus students participating in the HAINA program in Pakistan. In fall 2015, she took part in the Huawei Certified Network Associate–Unified Communications training as part of our HAINA partnership with FAST. Fatima was selected along with 25 other students to take part in Huawei’s three-month internship program. At the end of 2015, the HAINA program had been operating in Pakistan for one year, and over 30 program participants had already found a job. Following her internship with Huawei, Fatima joined the company and became a training manager. Six other students also joined Huawei after completing internships. Among these six students, four had taken part in the HAINA program.

Students at FAST generally believe that collaboration between industry and academia is increasingly necessary. With the HAINA program, FAST National University functions as a training center for more and more future professionals for Huawei and the broader ICT sector in Pakistan. HAINA has helped them enhance their knowledge and skills, and encouraged them to take an interest and participate in technology innovation. The program also helps Pakistan build a talent pool for the ICT industry and enables more Pakistanis to find jobs.

FAST students who participated in the HAINA project

Providing ICT Training to 240,000 Women in Bangladesh

In November 2015, Huawei announced a joint initiative to provide ICT training for women in rural areas of Bangladesh, in cooperation with the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology (MoPT&IT) and telecom carrier Robi Axiata. This initiative aims to equip women with ICT knowledge and skills.

Together, we will provide basic ICT training to 240,000 women across 64 districts of the country over the next three years. Six buses, fully equipped with modern ICT training facilities, will be deployed to offer ICT training, with Huawei, MoPT&IT, and the carrier each providing two buses. Huawei will operate these buses 40 weeks a year, and they will be driven to different places across the country. We will also provide two or three days of training per person depending on the local situation and the number of participants.Each special purpose bus will be equipped with 23 workstations with customized learning software and a computer. MoPT&IT will provide the curriculum and trainers. This initiative, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, will contribute to the country’s Vision 2021 initiative and will enable rural women to learn about ICT and apply it in their daily lives.

“We are extremely happy to be part of this CSR project. We think that it is a milestone as it is the first ICT training program especially designed for women who cannot move from their native locality due to various constraints.”

---Huawei Bangladesh CEO

World's Largest Education Desktop Cloud Empowers 50,000 Students in Saudi Arabia

Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia is a governmental institute for vocational education and training, and is also the largest training institute in the Middle East. TVTC has 142 subordinate technical colleges, 250 training labs, 65 training centers, and more than 50,000 students. Each of the training labs and centers used PCs as training terminals, but many of them were old and each used different hardware and software. As a result, there were frequent service interruptions during the network multimedia teaching. In addition, the PCs were highly vulnerable to virus attacks, having unauthorized information copied from USB ports. Sharing the latest teaching materials through traditional file servers was also cumbersome, and ongoing maintenance of so many machines (such as installing virus updates and software updates) requires much efforts.

Huawei's FusionAccess Desktop Cloud could centralize resources and improve the manageability of the desktop computing infrastructure. Following a successful pilot in four locations, almost 14,000 terminals were rolled out to all locations, making the system the largest education desktop cloud in the world. Huawei also provided FusionManager, a remote software and hardware management system, which led to a ten-fold increase in maintenance efficiency (including the capacity to remotely disable USB drive write privileges) and enabled effective pushing of relevant content to users, significantly improving efficiency and learning outcomes.

Huawei Collaborated with the Technical University of Madrid on the "Leading the LTE Era" Project

In March 2014, Huawei signed a five-year agreement with Technical University of Madrid (UPM) under the theme "Leading the LTE Era". The main goal of the program was to offer both knowledge and practical courses on cutting-edge LTE technologies to Spanish university students, and to select outstanding students to join Huawei. The program was in line with Huawei's global CSR strategy of "Creating Opportunities Through Education". It demonstrated Huawei's continuing commitment to supporting Spanish education and employment. Specifically, the program included providing 200 hours of LTE classes taught by Huawei experts at UPM each year, establishing an online LTE lab, selecting top students for a six-month internship at Huawei, and sponsoring an LTE research report.

On March 21, 2014, nine professors from UPM's school of communications visited Huawei Spain and received some training at its LTE Star Lab. On June 16, 18 Spanish students from the Huawei-sponsored LTE class visited Huawei Spain to learn about Huawei and the internship process. They also visited our device exhibition hall, network operation center, and the Huawei-Vodafone Joint Innovation Center.

At the graduation ceremony for the LTE class held in UPM's school of communications on July 15, 18 Spanish students passed the exams and received the graduation certificates. Carlos Conde, UMP's Rector, remarked that UPM was extremely proud to partner with Huawei, a leader in ICT around the world, and that he was satisfied with the university's cooperation with Huawei in the "Leading the LTE Era" program, a great step forward for the university.

"Huawei has demonstrated its steadfast support for Spain's ICT industry and Spanish society as a whole. I want to congratulate Huawei on its success in this program, particularly the classes that were taught by teachers from Huawei, and its establishment of an online lab, both of which were great innovations when compared with our previous classes. Also, I'd like to thank Huawei for making possible a survey of LTE deployment in Spain's rural areas, an extremely important issue for the country at this point."

—— Alberto Rodriguez Raposo, Spain's Director General for Telecommunications and Information Technology

Empowering ICT Talent to Flourish on the African Continent

At the closing ceremony of the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa held in Abuja, Nigeria, Huawei Vice President Charles Ding announced Huawei's ICT talent training program for Africa. According to him, Huawei would train 10,000 ICT professionals for Africa over the next 5 years. This program is part of Huawei's flagship CSR program Seeds for the Future.

Mr. Ding said at the forum that Huawei is committed to developing its business in Africa where its commitment will create mutually beneficial opportunities and win-win outcomes. In 2014, Huawei and the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology of Nigeria commenced the 1,000 Girls ICT Training Programme, which trained 1,000 Nigerian girls on ICT technologies to enable them to find employment when they come of working age. This programme is part of Huawei's commitment to localization and ICT technology transfer to Nigeria.

We will continuously contribute to Africa and roll out the Seeds for the Future program in other African countries. Through these initiatives, we strive to nurture more ICT professionals for Africa and create more job opportunities to drive economic prosperity on this continent.

Huawei Vice President Charles Ding announcing that Huawei would train 10,000 ICT professionals for Africa over the next 5 years

Nurturing ICT Professionals in Myanmar

Huawei spares no effort to nurture ICT professionals and transfer ICT knowledge in local communities. In doing so, we aim to increase people's engagement in the digital society and make information technology available to all.

Huawei believes that "if you give a person a fish, you feed them for a day; if you teach a person to fish, you feed them for life". Acting on this belief, Huawei has cooperated with the training organization KMD to provide end-to-end ICT training in Myanmar. Specifically, Huawei offered a wide array of training materials; donated equipment to create a practical training environment; trained trainers; arranged internships; and developed a pool of ICT talent. Through these initiatives, Huawei contributed greatly to the development of ICT professionals in Myanmar.

Huawei trained more than 1,500 ICT professionals in 2014 and plans to train 5,000 more over the next 3 years to address the shortage of technical personnel and boost socioeconomic growth in Myanmar.

Huawei–KMD joint training program for ICT professionals in Myanmar