With the advent of Saudi Arabia’s knowledge economy, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in KSA and Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, have announced a knowledge sharing education alliance to nurture young talent and open up ICT technologies for more communities across the KSA.
The collaboration supports Huawei’s annual Seeds for the Future education program in KSA, which offers select students each year the opportunity to develop practical skills that will prepare them for a career in the ICT industry, learning from Huawei’s experts at its global headquarters and Excellence Centers in China.
Developing a local talent pool of educated and technologically-skilled individuals is a leading priority in Saudi Arabia as the rise of science-focused development offers fresh career opportunities within the regional ICT industry. The education alliance between Huawei and CITC will cover a range of trending topics including next-generation networks, network architecture and implementation, VoIP, security solutions and cloud computing amongst others.
The 14-day internship at Huawei’s campus, R&D centers and its Centers of Excellences in Shenzhen and Beijing, focuses on topics related to the development of next generation networks. The program also features a cultural exchange in which the students will experience and learn Chinese language and traditional culture.
Tariq H. Alamir, General Manager of Technical Affairs from CITC said: “Saudi Arabia is home to a fast growing ICT industry that is bringing considerable benefits to society and local businesses and young talent is crucial for growth and development of this industry. We are working to help students in Saudi Arabia to develop the necessary skills that will help them build a technology-focused knowledge driven economy. We are proud to partner with innovative and forward thinking companies like Huawei, that have built strong educational programs such as KSA Seeds for the Future, which help to enrich the country’s greatest resource, its people”.
Huawei is a strong advocate of helping educators empower youth by equipping them with the right knowledge and tools to help them grow professionally. It believes that access to education is vital for creating opportunities that support sustainable and fair development.
Ramadan Ding, CEO, Huawei Saudi Arabia, said: “We are great believers in the power of connectivity and how the right technology can help bolster education globally. Our partnership with CITC is testament to our commitment to help build a true knowledge economy in Saudi Arabia and supporting the development of the ICT industry in the Kingdom. The Seeds for the Future education program in KSA bridges the digital divide by nurturing young talent and opens up ICT technologies for more communities across the globe.”
Launched in 2008, ‘Seeds for the Future’ is one of Huawei’s flagship global CSR programs with study trips having been implemented for students from over 37 countries worldwide. Huawei developed the CSR initiative due to its firm belief in delivering innovation that meets the specific needs of its customers.