Information and communications technologies (ICT) have become crucial growth engines for many different sectors beyond Telecommunications. As a global ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development and believes that access to education is vital to creating opportunities and sustainable development in the countries in which the it operates. Because of this, Huawei’s CSR initiatives largely focus on education and knowledge transfer.
Huawei’s Seeds of the Future program was introduced in 2008 as an educational experience for tertiary students and is Huawei’s most heavily invested CSR activity. Since then, the program has been implemented in 96 countries worldwide and over 2,500 students have participated.
The program was introduced to Australia in 2013, since then Huawei has been providing over 50 Australian undergraduates with the opportunity to learn about China and to experience Huawei’s dynamic global business – an invaluable opportunity to any tertiary student wanting to gain international experience.
In November 2017, Huawei Technologies, in collaboration with the government, higher education institutes and the Australian Technology Network (ATN), Australia selected 20 students to be hosted in China as part of its annual Seeds for the Future initiative. Students were selected across RMIT, UniSA, QUT, UTS and Curtin University to join senior ICT lecturers on a three-week, hands-on learning experience in Shenzhen, China.
At the beginning of their tour, students spent an initial period in Beijing where they had Mandarin language training and learned about Chinese culture at the Beijing Language and Cultural University. Students were then flown to Huawei’s HQ in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, where they learned about Huawei’s international business culture and values, visited Huawei’s F1 Exhibition Centre; Enterprise Exhibition Hall; Logistics Centre; R&D labs and one of Huawei’s state-of-the-art factory facilities. Students also obtained hands-on technical training from some of the finest professionals in the industry. Through Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program, Australian students were able to gain first hand multination experience within the ICT sector, while also learning how to be efficient and effective in a multicultural environment like Shenzhen.
Year after year, the initiative always receives positive feedback from students. Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program is helping achieve its objective of identifying tomorrow’s leaders in the ICT sector. Students involved revealed that their participation in the program was more than just a unique experience to be included on a resume, it was a life changing opportunity, enabling them to explore the ICT trends and further development in telecommunications.
Watch the videos of five students involved in the 2017 Seeds of the Future project here.