Chinese telecoms giant brings Huawei ICT Academy to BulSU
(SDN) — HUAWEI ICT Academy continues to thrive in the Philippines.
Huawei, the world’s telecommunications and consumer electronics giant based in Shenzhen, China, has gained another partner for its ICT Academy, established more than 10 years ago, first in its home base.
The company, also a world leader in the emerging, said-to-be game-changing 5G technology, has brought its academy here to the Bulacan State University (BulSU).
Karenina “Karrie” Escueta-Buenafe, head of Public Affairs and Communications at Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc., said the company will continue to spread its technologies to Filipinos.
“We are still looking for more partners for the Huawei ICT Academy,” she told SDN — Science and Digital News.
She was at BulSU, which is North of Metro Manila, and located in the country’s Central Luzon Region.
Escueta-Buenafe accompanied Huawei executives from its office in the Philippines, such as Li “Alan” Guodong, Service director, Enterprise Marketing & Service Department, and Lim “Stephen” Seow Boon, Channel Service manager, of the same department.
Huawei forged the partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with BulSU to bring to the government-funded academic institution its ICT Academy.
Li and BulSU President Cecilia Navasero-Gascon, Ph.D., signed the MOA, with their partnership pegged for three years.
The Chinese telecoms behemoth is giving back to Filipinos for their support and patronage of its products and services.
Huawei will equip the university’s teachers through a “train the trainers” stage leading to the implementation of the Certification Program of the ICT Academy.MOA for Huawei ICT Academy. From left are BulSU officials such as Cecilia A. Geronimo, vice president for Research, Extension and Training; Dr. Felicidad Villavicencio, dean of Instruction, Edgardo M. Santos, vice president for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Cecilia Navasero-Gascon, president; Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc. executives Li ‘Alan’ Guodong, Service director; engineer Renato Gopez, dean of Engineering, BulSU; and Karenina ‘Karrie’ Escueta-Buenafe, head of Public Affairs and Communications, Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc. (Photo: SDN — Science and Digital News)
The Huawei ICT Academy now has four academic institutions accredited, such as the University of Southeastern University (USeP), Davao City; Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Iligan City (both in Mindanao); De La Salle University (DLSU), Science Campus, Manila; and, the latest, BulSU.
Escueta-Buenafe earlier emphasizedsaid the accreditation of universities to the company’s ICT Academy to benefit Filipino students is part of Huawei’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).
USeP was the pioneer university in the Philippines in the Huawei ICT Academy under the HAINA Program.
HAINA is Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy, which is a not-for-profit partnership authorizing selected universities and colleges to deliver Huawei Certification Courses to students. Graduates of the Certification Courses have the opportunity and chance to be employed in the company.
Escueta-Buenafe said the training equips Filipino teachers to teach Huawei’s Certification Program to their students, essentially the Chinese telecoms giant passing on the skills.
She pointed out that at least one teacher is needed to pass the training program and can then teach the Certification Courses.
BulSU will have the opportunity to admit to the ICT Academy program 20 students, but other students of the university may use the equipment that will come with the laboratory to be set up and provided for by Huawei.
Navasero-Gascon welcomed BulSU’s inclusion in the list of the accredited educational institutions.
“To our faculty and students in the College of Engineering, this is our opportunity to partner with the industry. This is to bridge the mismatch and the gab between the industry and the academe.
“So, we welcome the opportunity and the administration is doing this for our students and faculty members,” the president of BulSU.
A peek at a Huawei related website shows the ICT Academy is a form of partnership between the Chinese telecoms giant and educational institutions across the world.
Karenina ‘Karrie’ Escueta-Buenafe (standing), head of Public Affairs and Communications at Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc., explains Huawei ICT Academy’s partnership with Philippine universities and colleges. Others in the picture are BulSU President Dr. Cecilia Navasero-Gascon (left), Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc. executives — Service Director Li ‘Alan’ Guodong and Channel Service Manager Lim ‘Stephen’ Seow Boon, and engineer Renato Gopez, dean of Engineering, BulSU. (Photo: SDN — Science and Digital News) )
The Academy through the partnership the Academy delivers Huawei ICT technologies training, encourages students to get Huawei certification, and develops talents with practical skills for the ICT industry and the community.”
Huawei draws from its comprehensive range of ICT career certifications it developed anchored on its industry leading technologies and global practices. The ICT Academy program covers the certification category such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The Cooperation Model for the ICT Academy combines Huawei’s and its partner academe’s resources (course authorization, instructor enablement, and learning resources for the former and course syllabus, laboratory environment, and certified instructors for the latter.
In sum, the students’ takeaways are ICT skills, practical experience, career certification, and job opportunities.
Huawei’s Operation Support comes at many levels for its partner schools, including capability-based incentive, performance-based incentive, and first-class incentive.
On the other hand, the company’s laboratory is equipped with relevant hardware and software to support lab exercises; it has different pathways that is expected to work independently or jointly connected with a big network.
Academic institutions invited to join the Huawei ICT Academy has to complete the application form, which the company will review, after which the MOA signing it approved.
Navasero-Gascon said the university has 38,000 students currently and the number is projected to increase to 50,000 next year, and 800 faculty members. (EKU)
This story will be updated as maybe needed.