Rwandan students leave for China
Written by: George Kalisa
Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 1:01
Rwandan authorities from line ministries and the Huawei partners October18 held a joint Seeds for the Future flag off ceremony in the capital Kigali for eight undergraduates destined for China where they will enrich their ICT knowledge and skills through hands-on training.
This year’s group will attend a two-week ICT training at the Huawei’s global headquarter in Shenzhen China to get skills on the latest ICT technologies and solutions, official explained.
By 2017, this programme had been implemented in 108 countries globally, benefiting over 30,000 from more than 350 universities. This programme has enhanced collaboration between Huawei and local communities with whom they share ICT expertise, innovative technologies alongside promoting cross-cultural management experiences.
Huawei facilitated knowledge transfers and helped local communities develop highly efficient education systems that promote local talents targeting ICT professionals as a way of developing the ICT industry.
Jack Xiong, Country Manager of Huawei Rwanda noted: “through this programme, we try to enhance knowledge transfer and talent growth in Rwanda.
He said that the ceremony is not only to see off Rwanda’s most outstanding ICT students to China for Seeds for the Future, but also aims to planting seeds for a prosperous future driven by ICT for the wellbeing of individuals and national development.
On her part, Ms Josephine Nyiranzeyimana, the Chief Information Officer of RISA, representing Minister of ICT said:
“(…) the Seeds for the Future program is in line Rwanda digital transformation journey and it helps cultivate and put together ICT vocation and student that are in crucial to the industry development.
She added: “We believe that the student training in China through this programme will come back ready to offer their expertise in the ICT sector and Rwandan economy”
Representing the Minister of Education, Dr. Abdallah Baquma, congratulated the students; “we thank so much our leader and his excellent the president who has enabled this program” “We also thank China for this initiative and more important to Country Manager of Huawei Rwanda and his team for one main good practice of this global social responsibility.We are very sure that this friendship will bring good cooperation and development of education sector as we take forward this,” he added.
Xing Yuchun, the Charge D’affaires Chinese Embassy in Rwanda, wished the students can not only enhance their hands-on practice in China's most advanced labs and gain cross-cultural work experience, but also develop their understanding of how to serve the country with the professional knowledge, how can ICT sector be an engine to promote Rwanda’s economy. “From seeds to fruits, you will become envoys of friendship between Rwanda and China.” She added.
Dr. Murigande Charles, Deputy Vice Chancellor Institutional Advancement, University of Rwanda presented that “this is really a very good opportunity for students as it is part of University of Rwanda vision to build a strong ties with industry.” Moreover, he mentioned that he has no doubt that his talented students selected for the Seeds for the Future program are going to contribute a lot to the development of ICT, and probability most of them will not need to seek for job but will rather be job creators.
One of the beneficiaries of this initiative, Ganza Mick, thanked Huawei for the great opportunity given to them to enhance their knowledge base on ICT, through courses such as basic and advanced trainings. “Having an internship at HUAWEI will helps us to understand more about how the world works and also to take another step closer to the vision of our country. We hope this will be achieved because we will understand more about our responsibility and that we are committed to achieve it,” he said.
The Seeds for the Future programme is Huawei's global CSR flagship programme. Expenditure on this initiative is the highest across the company, and investment will continue in the long term.
I attendance were; Patrick NYIRISHEMA Director General of RURA ,Wang Jiaxin Economic and Commercial Consellor of Chinese Embassy ,Dr. NIYIZAMWIYITIRA Christine Head of ICT at Rwanda Education Board.