Connectivity itself cannot bridge the digital divide – there is a critical need to create an enabling and inclusive environment. Without ICT awareness, skills, and education, participation in digital transformations will fall short and its benefits will not be fully realized.
ICT infrastructure and content need to be conceived and developed in a way that is focused on people and sustainable development. This includes women and men of all ages, cultures, places, and economic backgrounds. This is why Huawei continues to focus on improving ICT education. With the right ICT skills, people will be able to invent, create, as well as share conversations and knowledge with others, which we hope will also help create better environments to live in.
Huawei believes that ICT skills create opportunities for young people and vocational education is essential for sustainable industrial growth. In support of our vision, in 2013 we launched a global ICT skills training program known as the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA, or Huawei ICT Academy). This is Huawei's not-for-profit education program that supports a wide range of universities and further education colleges to deliver Huawei Certificated courses to their students
Since the program's inception, over 20,000 students from 32 countries have participated with over 8,000 gaining formal certification. In 2016, 3,500 students were awarded certificates and have continued their training to further their careers. Huawei continues to invest in the HAINA program and in 2016 we were honored to include Edinburgh Napier University (UK), Northumberland College (UK), Open University (UK), University of Surrey (UK), University of São Paulo (Brazil), University of Johannesburg (South Africa), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) as new participating institutions. We now offer six different courses covering routing and switches, security, WLAN, cloud, storage, and big data.
Starting in 2016, Huawei also launched a new annual ICT skills competition. Over 12,000 students from participating HAINA institutions in seven countries as well as students from several guest universities in China participated in the competition. Based on their results, winners will receive Huawei mobile devices.
30 HAINA students from the University of Reading visiting Huawei's UK office
Students at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (Pakistan) competing in Huawei's new global ICT skills competition
Addis Ababa University (AAU) is Ethiopia's largest university, having nearly 50,000 students, 5 museums, and 13 campuses as well as numerous branches nationwide. However, the capacity of its existing network was increasingly insufficient and the system was becoming too complex and costly to maintain.
Huawei worked with the university to upgrade its campus to provide greater bandwidth for more real-time educational applications, such as desktop cloud, VoIP, and on-demand high-definition video. Before the upgrade, user experience had been poor. Huawei's restructuring resulted in a ten-fold improvement in bandwidth. The previously complex network structure, which required high levels of expertise to maintain, was replaced with a new integrated system that can be centrally managed. The new infrastructure has enabled excellent operations at AAU and is based on similar systems that Huawei has also installed in other world-class institutions, such as Peking University (China), Tsinghua University (China), and Newcastle University (UK).
Education authorities from the city of Yuxi, in China's Yunnan province, worked with Huawei to create a digital campus that would bridge the gap between its urban and rural schools and improve access to information and knowledge. Huawei provided broadband access and enabled cloud-based resource sharing between schools, giving students access to online and mobile education resources, as well as an "e-school bag" (a digital workspace). Network capacity was tailored to each school's individual needs to ensure proper cost control and was designed for security, stability, and easy maintenance.
Yuxi became the first city in Yunnan to deploy an ICT-based education system. Huawei's Agile Education Campus Network Solution helped connect nearly 1,000 schools in the area to create more flexible and equitable access to education for the city's children.
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
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
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.