Huawei to host Australia’s top ICT students from ATN universities in China’s Silicon Valley

Jason brown with Chinese localsHuawei’s Seeds for the Future programme invests in the next generation of ICT professionals, training 10 top performing Australian students from ATN universities at its HQ in Shenzhen

Huawei Australia and the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) have today announced the 10 students selected to be hosted in China as part of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future initiative, their most heavily invested CSR activity. Selected students across RMIT University (RMIT), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of South Australia (UniSA) and Curtin University will join senior Information and Communications Technology (ICT) lecturers on a two-week, hands-on learning experience in Shenzhen, China in July 2016.

In collaboration with the ATN, Huawei selected the top performing students to provide them the opportunity to experience life at the Huawei campus with around 60,000 employees based in Shenzhen, visit Huawei’s Research and Development labs, its Exhibition and Logistics Centres and gain valuable work experience in a global business environment.

Seeds for the Future helps develop talent in Australia and encourages participation in the international ICT community,” said Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at Huawei. “We are delighted to see this year’s female participation at 50 per cent. We believe that empowering women in the tech sector has a positive effect on our industry, boosts our economy and ensures Australia maintains a global competitive workforce in the future. We will continue to build our programme to ensure Australia’s best ICT students get this important global experience.”

ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh said: “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme is a fantastic opportunity for ATN students to interact with state-of-the art technology, get first-hand experience and learn vital multicultural business skills within the global ICT sector.”

“We are excited for our students who will get the chance to network with true industry leaders and other like-minded individuals, and come back with new skills to thrive and excel in their future careers,” Ms Hindmarsh said.

The full list of students selected to participate in Huawei’s 2016 Seeds for the Future delegation include:

“I aspire to be a technology and business leader within the Asia-Pacific region,” said UTS student Bronwyn Mercer. “ICT and cultural skills are vital to Australia’s economy and global competitiveness. Participating in the Seeds for the Future programme will allow me to experience world class technology and develop invaluable technical, cultural and professional skills.”

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

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Image: 2015 Seeds for the Future student from Curtin University, Jason Brown speaks to Chinese locals.