Huawei’s Seeds for the Future is a flagship programme with the objective of nurturing ICT talents and facilitating knowledge transfer that are fundamental for procuring highly skilled labour in the era of information digitization. Participants of the programme are exposed to Huawei’s cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G technologies, building and configuring their own 4G base stations as well as many other cutting-edge solutions through technology workshops and networking events at Huawei Headquarters.
A total of 26 Bruneian students have participated in the program since 2015. This year – sponsored by Huawei – 6 Bruneian students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) participated in the programme.
Present as the Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony held at Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education Brunei Darussalam. The Minister of Education in his speech highlighted that one of the main issues that is trending globally and without exception, at the Ministry of Education in Brunei, is the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) towards education. Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) will combine to impact on jobs and industry and the way education is planned and delivered. In keeping abreast with the 4IR and to realise Wawasan 2035, the ministry has already taken steps to address these challenges such as looking into e-learning and capitalizing on big data analytics in education policy research and decision-making to ensure that the Ministry of Education is creating an ecosystem that brings the best out of every student in Brunei Darussalam.
Also addressing the closing ceremony was Mr Chris Yan Lei, Vice President of Global Government Affairs of Huawei who highlighted that the Seeds for the Future programme inspires the next generation of ICT leaders and gives them a global perspective. For the past 10 years, Huawei has welcomed thousands of students from 110 countries and also collaborated with over 400 universities. This is aligned with Huawei’s strategy to nurture ICT talents and facilitating knowledge transfer. In a globalized world, amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), it is fundamental to procure highly skilled labour who are the best talent needed to support digital national plans, boost ICT industry growth and national economy, as well as to bridge the digital divide, ensuring that everyone will enjoy the benefits of technology.
In a speech at the ceremony as a representative for participants from Brunei Darussalam, Dk Nur Su'aidah Bte Pg Hj Metussin, a final year undergraduate from UTB expressed her appreciation to Huawei. The students also presented a cultural performance titled Friends from Brunei: Sebarkan ke Seantero Dunia.
Accompanying Yang Berhormat the Minister of Education at the event were Awang Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib, Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB, Mr. Kevin Zhang Jianwei, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies in Brunei Darussalam as well as officers from the Ministry of Education and Huawei’s Brunei Office.
On the side lines of the event, Yang Berhormat the Minister of Education and delegation also visited Huawei’s Headquarters and Campus in Shenzhen.
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