ATN-Huawei partnership big win for Australian students

Huawei ATN MOU signingHuawei Australia in partnership with the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) will give more ATN students the opportunity to embark on a unique learning experience at Huawei’s Global Research & Development centres in Shenzhen, through the support of federal funding under the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

The announcement and ceremony at Parliament House was attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, and the Minister for Education and Training, Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham. 

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program will offer significant support in delivering an enhanced Seeds for the Future program, Huawei’s global initiative which offers undergraduate students the opportunity to travel to Huawei’s HQ in Shenzhen where they will get a unique insight in the latest emerging technology and products, visit Huawei’s Exhibition Centre, R&D labs and Logistics Centre, experience life on campus and learn about Chinese culture.

“The Australian government has given high priority to building a skilled ICT workforce. Thanks to the strong support from the government and higher education institutions, Huawei's Seeds for the Future program has achieved great success since it was launched in Australia in 2013,” said Ms Chen Lifang, Huawei’s Senior Vice President of the Public Affairs and Communications Department.

“Seeds for the Future now offers a broader platform for young students, helping them increase their professional skills and broaden their global horizon. The program aims to inspire more students to pursue a career in STEM fields, and to explore and build an intelligent world. Through Seeds for the Future, we will nurture more high-end talent and even leaders in technology, strategy, and management,” said Ms Chen.

The new collaboration with ATN and the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility program will enable Huawei to increase the total number of students to 75 over the next three years, and will expand to include students from a broad range of disciplines including business, commerce, and design.

“We’re thrilled to receive this funding which will provide more opportunities for students to interact with state-of-the art technology, get first-hand experience and learn vital multicultural business skills at one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies,” says ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh.

“We’ve seen first-hand the benefits students get from overseas study experiences and there have already been some tremendous outcomes since the beginning of the program. Past students have found the study tour invaluable, giving them rare insights into the latest innovation and trends in the telecommunications industry, opening up new doors for their future careers, with some inspired to return to China this year.”

“With the nationwide spread of the ATN, and the potential future involvement of ATN researchers in joint research projects with Huawei, this program will stimulate and strengthen both institutional and student engagement with the massive Asian high-tech market,” Ms Hindmarsh said.

For more information about Huawei’s commitment to CSR and the Seeds for the Future program, visit Huawei’s global website here.