Six Bruneian students recently completed Huawei’s two-week flagship programme — Seeds for the Future on ICT and technology — in Shenzhen, China.

The participants took part in workshops and networking events which allowed them to get insight into Huawei’s cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G technologies, building and configuring their own 4G base stations and other cutting-edge solutions.

The delegates were feted alongside graduates from Costa Rica, Malaysia and Zambia during the closing ceremony at Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen.

Present at the ceremony was Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hjh Romaizah Hj Md Salleh, deputy minister of Education. In her speech, she highlighted the importance of the education system to keep abreast with the changes brought about by the 4th Industrial Revolution.

She emphasised the need to strenghten cooperation and partnership between education institutions and leading global industries such as Huawei to ensure that graduates remain relevant and current to the needs of industries.

Also touching on industry relevance, Huawei’s Vice President of Global Government Affairs Detlef Eckert, highlighted the importance of IT skills in the fully connected and intelligent world, stating that it a necessity and a career booster.

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“The Seeds for the Future programme aims to encourage young people to embrace the opportunities which are inherent in digital technologies to look beyond cultural and geographical borders,” Eckert said.

During the event, one of the Brunei delegates, Muhammad Taufiq Aiman Hj Hishamuddin @ Luqman Hakim, took the opportunity to express his appreciation to Huawei in his presentation.

To showcase Brunei culture, the students performed Silat Gerak 41: Asas 1 dan Titibatang.

The delegates also visited the Huawei headquarters, Huawei Business Industry Solution Centre and Huawei Campus. A total of 20 Bruneian students have participated in the programme in the past three years.

Launched in 2015, the objective of the programme is to nurture ICT talents and facilitate knowledge transfer as fundamental for obtaining highly skilled labour in the era of information digitisation.