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Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Programme Launches in Laos

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Ten students from the National University of Laos, University of Savannakhet, University of Champassak and Souphanouvong University in LuangPrabang province have been selected to take part in an ICT study trip to China.

Huawei, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports, yesterday organised a launch ceremony for the Seeds for the Future Programme in Vientiane, attended by Minister of Education and Sports Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, Chinese Ambassador to Laos Mr Guan Huabing and Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies (Lao) Sole Co., Ltd., Mr ZangDongya.

This is Huawei’s global Corporate Social Responsibility programme that aims to nurture the ICT talents of Laos. It also aims to facilitate the transfer of ICT knowledge, thus supporting Laos to be a digitally empowered nation.

Initiated by Huawei in 2008, the Seeds for the Future Programme seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of and interest in the telecommunications sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.

Every year, Huawei invites 1,000 students, 10 per country, to study at the company’s headquarters. There, they discuss future trends and are shown how to harness new opportunities.

During the trip, the students will experience Chinese traditional culture and take short courses in Chinese calligraphy and painting at the Beijing Language and Culture University for one wee k.

The students will also have opportunities to study cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, LTE, and cloud computing, and hands-on practice in Huawei Headquarters’ most advanced labs in Shenzen.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Zang Dongya explained how they are committed to long time contributions in Laos such as cultivating local talents. Thus, the Seeds for the Future Programme will greatly assist Laos, local communities, universities and students, and the Lao ICT industry.

Mr Zang also said Huawei wants to support the government in ICT development. Students in the programme can enhance their ability to adapt to the ICT industry as they learn about state-of-the-art technologies and skills, as well as the innovation needs of the Lao market.

By acquiring such skills, students will boost their confidence, which will help them to excel in their careers and in multi-cultural business environments.

Information and communication technologies have become crucial growth engines for many different industries. As an ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the countries it operates in, and aims to drive long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability, Mr Zang said.

Source: Vientiane Times