Huawei Tuesday commissioned an ICT Academy at Makerere University with a promise to further their support ICT development in the country. Their gestured was well received by Uganda’s ICT and National Guidance minister, Honourable Frank Tumwebaze.
The minister speaking at the launch of the academy lauded Huawei for its consistency in skilling and nurturing ICT talent. “This is just one example of how ICT is transforming the lives of everyday citizens, and driving the economy,” the minister said.
“ICT has truly transformed our economy, creating jobs for people even in remote places. But this technological trend would never be possible if we did not skill students, professionals and entrepreneurs as a nation.
“That is why efforts such as the ICT Academy, Seeds for the Future and the Huawei ICT competitions are so important; so that Uganda whose economic fortune is also in digital transformation can continue to grow and leverage on ICT and the skills of its great people,” he said.
Mr. Liujiawei, the Managing Director of Huawei said the students will leave for China on 17th May and return on 2nd June, and they will undergo training in the latest technological trends such as 5G among others.
The same ceremony saw 10 Seeds for the Future fellows flagged off for a two-week intense technological training from various Chinese universities.
Seeds for the Future is a Huawei Corporate Social Responsibility program that seeks to establish collaboration with local governments, higher education institutes and other organisations to select top university students and young government officials to study and gain work experience at Huawei’s headquarters in China.
Minister Tumwebaze cited that the efforts of this program since its inception in Uganda in 2016 has started to gain fruit because of the seemingly relatively high rates of employment by its participants.