HUAWEI Technologies, Philippines, Inc. is giving back to Filipinos in various different ways.
The Chinese technology giant’s latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) project benefiting Filipinos is the accreditation of a State university in Mindanao, Southern Philippines, as the first of its Huawei ICT Academy in the country. (ICT is information and communications technology).
To implement and realize the objectives of the partnership, Huawei signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) recently with the Davao City-based University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) held in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila.
Huawei Vice President and COO Guo Zhi Daniel and USeP President Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao led the official signing. Key officers and staff of Huawei and USeP witnessed the event.
It can be recalled that Huawei, the only smartphone maker with Leica technology embedded in the cameras of its high-end phones, has also been sending to China the winners of the Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC), which is a project of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
DICT has partnered with the private sector for the project including Huawei and other government agencies. Huawei has been sending the winners of the PSC to Beijing and Shenzhen, China, for a two-week immersion in the Seeds of the Future Program of the company as part of the prize.
The MOA between Huawei and USeP the latter as the first State university in the country to be accredited as Huawei ICT Academy under the HAINA Program.
HAINA stands for Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy, a not-for-profit partnership that authorizes universities and colleges to deliver Huawei Certification Courses to students.
In an email that Karrie Escueta-Buenafe, Public Affairs manager at Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc., sent to SDN — Science and Digital News, it was learned that graduates of the HAINA Program are encouraged to attain Huawei Certification as a stepping stone for them to a subsequent career in the ICT Industry.
“All Certification Courses are generic and the students can enhance their skills through lectures and hands-on practice.The MOA is a three year partnership which involves building a Huawei ICT Lab in USeP Obrero Campus where students can have hands-on training with Huawei’s state-of-the-art Routing and Switching Equipment and servers. Professors will undergo the mandatory ‘train the Trainers’ program to enhance the capability and skills, sharing of the Huawei course curriculum, syllabus and certification vouchers for the students who will pass the program,” said Huawei in its statement.
The Certification is valid for two years and recognized in all 170 offices of Huawei globally as well as in its numerous partners worldwide.
Generalao welcomed the partnership of USeP with the Chinese company.
The USeP president said that students of the USeP Institute of Computing, through the partnership with Huawei “are assured of quality training and exposure which will support the university’s efforts to excel in information technology, support sustainability, built partnerships with the industry and the community.”
Guo Zhi, on the other hand, revealed why Huawei chose the Mindanao-based State university as the first Huawei ICT Academy in the country.
“We chose USeP as a partner because of the University’s excellent track record and their consistent performance in National ICT competitions, such as the Philippine Startup Challenge by DICT & PSIA (Philippine Software Industry Association). Huawei also hopes to help deserving ICT Students from Davao City and nearby areas in Mindanao and provide practical and hands-on training and better job opportunities through Huawei Certification.
“Through the program, Huawei hopes to contribute to support local ICT education, share knowledge, create opportunities and build a better ICT talent ecosystem. This is also our way of giving back to the Philippines,” he said. (EKU/Huawei)
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The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP, the University) was born through Batas Pambansa Blg. 12, 1978 by unifying four institutions of varied educational orientations previously parts of their respective systems. The four were: Davao School of Arts and Trades (DSAT) in Obrero, Davao City; Mindanao State University-Davao (MSU-Davao) in Mintal, Davao City; Davao National Regional Agricultural School (DNRAS) in Tagum City and Mabini, Compostela Province; and University of the Philippines-Master of Management Program in Davao (UPMMPD).