MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi , Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – NINE Kenyan students are set to enjoy a two-week fellowship and training programme in advanced Information Technology systems at the Huawei Global Headquarters in China.
The scholars, who were flagged off on Thursday morning for their academic tour of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, will undertake the training programme courtesy of Huawei Technologies Kenya and the ICT Authority as part of a bilateral skills transfer initiative.
Speaking during a joint flag off session at the ICT Authority offices, Huawei Technologies Kenya CEO, Dean Yu, said the programme dubbed the; Huawei Telecom Seeds for the Future is geared at preparing the students for top flight professional careers in IT systems.
They have been selected from the Technical University of Kenya, Kabarak University, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, University Of Nairobi, Strathmore University, Multimedia University, Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture and Technology and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University.
Since the inception of this programme in 2014, in partnership with ICT Authority, 64 students have travelled to China.
“The two weeks spent in China is an opportunity for these top students to study and gain work experience as well as enable them gain exposure to the Chinese culture and cross-cultural work experience in a globalized business environment,” said Yu.
The partnership between Huawei and the ICT Authority involves four key programmes, a – an engineering students internship programme, broadband rollout forum to share best practices, infrastructure and devices for public sector and general ICT awareness and involvement in CSR activities – that cut across the technology industry geared to bolster the growth of the ICT in the country.
“As the ICT Authority in Kenya, our core role is to rationalize and streamline the management of all ICT functions of the Government of Kenya, such a crucial mandate sees has seen us form strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations that will enable us, and the country deliver its functions that are mainly focused on promoting ICT literacy and capacity,” said ICT Authority CEO, Robert Mugo.
– CAJ News