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Huawei, a global ICT solutions provider, continues its collaboration with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) for this year’s ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme. The two weeks programme, which takes place in China, will give 15 students the opportunity to develop their ICT knowledge and industry expertise, while also gaining experience on cross-cultural work practices and being introduced to Chinese culture.

Huawei 'Seeds for the future'
The selected students (photo: Huawei)

For the second year in a row, Huawei is investing in the next generation of ICT leaders and helping them to prepare for the technology-driven future. Last year, Huawei and the UvA successfully launched the pilot version in the Netherlands. This year, Huawei carefully expanded the project with the addition of a second partner, the TU Delft, to maintain the exclusiveness and quality of the programme.

Strict selection

Top students in the fields of Science & ICT encountered a strict selection procedure in the past several weeks. Based on their resume, grades and motivation letter, 15 students were selected. They will travel to China on 18 July and return on 1 August.

In China, the students will receive hands-on experience and gain new ICT expertise at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen. After completion of an ICT assignment, the students will receive certificates from Huawei and study points from the universities. Moreover, the students will have a cultural immersion course at the Beijing University of Language and Culture, learning the basics of the Chinese language and getting an introduction to the Chinese culture.

‘The Netherlands has great ambitions on digitalisation and Industry 4.0, having employees with ICT knowledge is crucial for innovation and growth of the ICT industry,’ explains Wonder Wang, CEO of Huawei Technologies Netherlands. ‘As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei feels responsible to promote ICT education and training among youngsters. Within the Seeds for the Future program, Huawei is opening its doors to the students and we hope this will have a positive impact on their future careers.’

‘The UvA is delighted to cooperate with a company such as Huawei that contributes to the future. This is in line with our strategic vision: provide knowledge that aims towards value creation for the society and to nurture students who will shape the future,’ says Professor Peter van Tienderen, vice dean of the UvA’s Faculty of Science. ‘Having witnessed the successes of last year’s pilot version, we are pleased that this year’s students also received the opportunity to participate in this unique program.’

About Seeds for the Future

In cooperation with leading universities and local partners, Huawei developed the ‘Seeds for the Future’ program. At this moment, Huawei cooperates with more than 100 universities in more than 35 different countries.