Huawei, a leading global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) service provider today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the College of Computing and Information Technology, to offer scholarships and specialized ICT training to top performing students.
The partnership, according to the Huawei Managing Director for Uganda, Mr. Eric Yang, is part of Huawei’s global ‘Telecom Seed for the Future’ knowledge transfer programme which will be implemented in partnership with the College. Under this partnership, selected students will acquire specialized ICT skills in Huawei centers in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa including an opportunity to study at the Huawei University in China. In addition, the company will provide internship placements and fully funded scholarships to top performing students.
Yang said the company was committed to ensuring that young people pursuing ICT have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills that would make them competitive in today’s fast changing ICT sector. “Our aim is to work closely with Makerere University to help in training the next generation of ICT professionals whom we hope will in years to come, contribute positively to the development of the ICT sector in the country,” he added.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, His Excellency Zhao Ya Li, the Director of Communications and Broadcasting Infrastructure in the Ministry of ICT, Dr. Eng. Godfrey Kibuuka. The ambassador urged other Chinese companies to also incorporate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as part of their management practices. Dr. Kibuuka commended the partnership and urged other key players to play a more active role in supporting capacity building in the ICT sector in Uganda.
The Makerere University Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, commended Huawei for leading the way in building training capacity for future ICT professionals noting that innovations in ICT would be the key driver of the economy in the coming years.
The function was also attended by the Dean of the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT), Dr. Josephine Nabukenya, staff and students leaders of the College.