Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and Huawei have announced that they will collaborate on an education initiative to develop young talent in the ICT field.
The initiative will be part of Huawei's Seeds for the Future internship program, which is intended to help students to develop practical skills in technology to prepare them for a career in the ICT industry, learning from Huawei's experts at its global headquarters and Excellence Centres in China.
The 14-day internship at Huawei's campus, R&D centres and its Centres of Excellences in Shenzhen and Beijing, focuses on topics related to the development of next generation networks, as well as network architecture and implementation, VoIP, security solutions and cloud computing, among others. The program also features a cultural exchange in which the students will experience and learn Chinese language and traditional culture.
Launched in 2008, ‘Seeds for the Future' is one of Huawei's flagship global CSR programs with study trips having been implemented in over 37 countries worldwide.
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."
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."