Huawei Seeds for the Future Global Program, Filipinos’ Learning Haven

HUAWEI  Technologies Company, Ltd. has continued to open its doors to Filipino students for the 2018 Huawei Seeds for the Future Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program in Shenzhen, China.

The lucky students came from various universities and an award-winning startup in the country. Their participation in the educational tour marked the third time for the Philippines.

In an email from Huawei Philippines sent to SDN — Scitech and Digital News by Ma. Karenina “Karrie” Escueta Buenafe, head of Public Affairs and Communications, it was learned the students who qualified and participated in the program are:

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Filipino students and their foreign batch mates at the laboratory for the Huawei Seeds for the Future Program. (Image: Huawei Philippines)

  • Al Bontogon and Nadia Lim of Ateneo De Manila University (AdeMU);
  • Jan Bertel Ngo and Janelle Gaba of De la Salle University (DLSU);
  • Julius Macrohon and Vanessa Ley Huerto of Mapua University;
  • Chris Lawrence Militante of University of San Carlos (USC) Cebu City; and,
  • Annie Marisse Insong, Daniella Javilles , Mariah Nicole Perez De Tagle from the University of Southeastern Philippines-Davao (USP-Davao) and first place winner in the Department of Information Communication Technology’s (DICT) Philippine Start-University of the Philippines (UP) Challenge.

They immersed themselves in information and communications and technology (ICT) and lessons in culture, including Chinese language at the Huawei facilities.

Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, welcomed the 10 students in style through welcome ceremony in the Chinese capital Beijing.

The Seeds for the Future Program is a major undertaking of the Chinese technology company designed to bridge the gap between what is learned in ICT education and what is necessary in the industry.

It aims to prepare the the students —  our future resource, to be more competitive in the digital age. It seeks to develop local talent, transfer knowledge, promote a greater understanding of, and interest in, the telecommunications sector and encourage regional building and participation, the company explained.

Daniel Guo Zhi, vice president and COO of Huawei Philippines, voiced his happiness at seeing young talented students participating in the program.Huawei Seeds - Science and Digital News
Students from various countries, including Filipinos, at Huawei Headquarters, China, taking part in the Huawei Seeds for the Future Program. (Image: Huawei Philippines)

The Seeds for the Future Program exposes the students to the best and latest technologies in Huawei and allow them to train under Huawei experts in Shenzhen.

Ivan Frank Olea, the first secretary of the Philippine Embassy in China and the guest of honor of the opening ceremony welcoming the Filipino students, cited the significance of the Filipino students’ participation.

Olea said the “Philippine Embassy is glad with the program that Huawei is implementing — preparing the youth as they hone their ICT skills and knowledge and preparing them for their future careers in the ICT industry.”

First Secretary Ivan Frank Olea of Philippine Embassy in China was the special guest of honor during the opening ceremony and he delivered the welcome speech. According to First Secretary Ivan Frank Olea, the Philippine Embassy is glad with the program that HUAWEI is implementing –preparing the youth to hone their ICT skills and knowledge and preparing them for their future careers in the ICT industry.

Covered in the first part of the international study program is exposure to Chinese language, culture and arts. The Filipinos learned basic Mandarin, calligraphy, and Chinese painting in Beijing.

The program’s second part was conducted in Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen during which the students underwent training at Huawei’s International Training Center and Laboratory (ITCL). At the ITCL Huawei qualified instructors and engineers gave the students hands-on learning experience on Huawei equipment.

On November 4, the students flew back to the Philippines bringing with them valuable experiences and learning that hopefully will inspire them to finish their respective courses and help them with their future careers in the ICT Industry.

The smartphone manufacturing and solutions company aims “to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry.”

It can be recalled that Huawei Philippines first participated in the two-week Seeds for the Future Program in November 2015 with eight students from Mapua University and two from AdeMU becoming the pioneer Filipino participants.

The second batch of Filipino students joined the program in November 2017.

Huawei gathers annually hundreds of bright and talented students taking up science or technology courses to China to share its technology and innovation as well as Chinese culture and language.

In its inaugural edition the Seeds for the Future Program had 500 students from 50 countries; now over 1,000 students from 98 countries are participating yearly to learn about Chinese culture, language, and the breakthrough technologies that Huawei has been developing, an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer said.

Huawei was founded in 1987, and “is a private company fully owned by its employees.” (Huawei/EKU)

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