May 28, 2014
Huawei’s network of partner universities in Europe is expanding rapidly. In recent weeks, joint educational initiatives have kicked off in Alicante (Spain), Delft (the Netherlands) and Brussels (Belgium).
What are these projects all about? As part of its long-standing commitment to fostering skills among the next generation of ICT leaders, Huawei is seeking to equip young people with the training they need to succeed in a globalised, technology-driven job market.
Huawei’s strong focus on the European market and its investment in European R&D mean that European educational institutions are at the heart of this strategy. By collaborating with universities across Europe, Huawei works to ensure that the training provided matches the requirements of the industry.
The Huawei Authorised Network Academy (HANA) is one of Huawei’s tools for achieving this. Through this project, the company provides equipment, software and ICT expertise to participating universities which make facilities and teaching personnel available. Students can take an exam and will receive a certificate if they pass.
The new programmes launched at Delft University of Technology and the University of Alicante in April are part of the HANA project. The courses will cover hot topics such as cloud computing, ICT convergence, big data and the mobile internet.
Huawei’s commitment to collaborating with universities is not limited to upgrading ICT skills. Enhancing understanding between Europe and China is also part of the objectives that Huawei seeks to further through education. The Huawei Chair at the Brussels Academy of China and European Studies (BACES), launched at a signing ceremony in March, supports research projects on contemporary China studies and EU-China relations, as well as international conferences and lectures in Europe.
BACES is a joint initiative of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and three renowned Chinese universities (Renmin University of China, Fudan University and Sichuan University), supported by Huawei.
Earlier in 2014, Huawei teamed up with Imperial College London to invest in a data science laboratory that will develop applications for smart cities.
These recent initiatives are just a few examples of how Huawei works with universities and research institutes in Europe. Other partners in Europe include for instance the University of Surrey (UK), Leibniz University of Hanover (Germany), Stockholm University (Sweden) and University College Dublin (Ireland).
In addition to partnering with educational institutions, Huawei runs a number of other schemes such as scholarship programmes and an undergraduate work experience scheme to provide support to talented young people.Huawei Europe
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