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UWI, UTech students set for two-week learning trip to Asian country

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Six Jamaican university students will spend the first two weeks of November on work experience at the headquarters of Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications firm Huawei.

Yanika Miller, Orandi Harris, Amaila Loney, Camille Beckford, Loya Haughton, and Anthony Bryan from both The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) are the first Jamaicans to receive the awards under the company's global education programme called Seeds for the Future.

The programme is designed to bridge the knowledge gap between the theory of the classroom and the practise of the professional world by providing training in emerging ICT technologies, while exposing students to Chinese language culture.

While in China, the students will spend a week at Huawei's head office in Shenzhen, Guangdong, and the other in the Chinese capital Beijing. They are scheduled to depart this Wednesday, November 1 and return on November 16.

At the launch of the Jamaican arm of the programme last Thursday, Huawei declined sharing the dollar figure of its spend, but explained that it is covering all the students' needs, including return airfare, hotel accommodation, meals, heritage site entrance fees, and ground transportation.

“It is our most heavily invested corporate social responsibility programme,” Huawei Country Manager Logan Shi told the launch.

The global programme started in 2008 and has engaged some 3,000 trainees from 102 countries as of June 30 this year.

The Jamaican cohort are computer and engineering science seniors.

“When I started my research and realised how much the Chinese have invested in developing technology and how they have improved to four, five and six G and cloud computing I thought this was a good opportunity to get the experience at Huawei,” Loney, a third-year electrical engineering student from UTech, Jamaica told the Jamaica Observer.

Added final year computer systems and engineering major at the UWI Camille Beckford: “I'm interested in Chinese culture and in technology, and I'm hoping that the information gained will help me with my development and with furthering my career.”

Representatives from both institutions signed partnership agreements with Huawei on Thursday and advised the students to be good ambassadors for both their respective instituions and Jamaica, as well as to be alert to potential business opportunities for developing ICT technologies.

Huawei is the world's ninth-largest information technology company by revenue.




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