By EDD K. USMAN, SDN, Twitter @edd1819, Instagram @bluestar019, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current News
CHINESE telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has gained another partner in the Philippines for its ICT Academy.
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is now its sixth partner — and counting — of the world’s No. 1 telecoms equipment manufacturer and supplier.
Aside from PUP’s main campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila, Huawei had already accredited the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), its first partner; Mapua Institute of Technology; De La Salle University (DLSU), Taft Campus; Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT); and Bulacan State University (BulSU).
Huawei established, first in China, the ICT Academy 10 years ago.
HUAWEI-PUP. Huawei Director Li ‘Alan’ Guodong for Service, Enterprise, Marketing and Services Department at Huawei Philippines (seated, right) and PUP President Emanuel de Guzman take a look at the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) before putting paper to ink. From left, are PUP Prof. Alberto Guillo and Chinese Embassy Counselor Xie Yonghui at the MOA signing between Huawei and PUP, accrediting the latter in the former’s ICT Academy. Standing is Karenina ‘Karrie’ Escueta-Buenafe, Huawei Philippines public affairs manager. (Photo: SDN — Science and Digital News)
Target of the partnership are engineering, computer science, ICT students, and graduates who will benefit from Huawei’s high-end information and communications technology (ICT) through the academy. Part of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is for the Chinese tech titan to provide through a donation a series of training, ICT laboratory equipment, ICT courses, as well as an open lab to the university.
Huawei ICT Academy around the world
Li “Alan” Guodong, director of Service, Enterprise Marketing and Services Department at Huawei Philippines, cited the significance of the ICT Academy and its partnership with universities in various parts of the world.
It is “Huawei’s advocacy and contribution to local talent development in the Philippines that gives students the opportunity to gain ICT career certification based on industry-leading technologies and global practices,” he said.
Li added that it is also another way to fulfill and implement “into action our mission and vision of bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a better connected and intelligent world.”
The academy is part of Huawei’s giving back to Filipinos, said Karenina “Karrie” Escueta-Buenafe, public affairs manager of Huawei Philippines.
She emphasized that through the academy, Huawei, the global second smartphone vendor, is its way of expressing thanks to the Philippines, which has welcomed it to its ICT industry.
It can be recalled that PLDT/Smart Communications and Globe Telecom have long been using Huawei equipment in their operation.
“With our partnership with PUP, we will be giving certification vouchers for free.
“Students can take the open online courses and the formal classes that PUP will be offering. We are offering a full range of cooperation, starting from training the (PUP) instructors are part of local talent development,” said Escueta-Buenafe.
She added that the academy’s Huawei Certification — valid for two years — serves as passport for employment with the company, as it is recognized in its 170 offices across the world.
On the other hand, PUP President Emanuel de Guzman thanked the company for having accepted his university, noting the benefits to students and faculty members.
“We are happy to build this relationship with Huawei. And I do believe it will give us mutual benefits between our talented students and Huawei’s world-leading technologies,” the PUP top executive said.
He might just be referring to the next generation 5G technology, of which Huawei is a leader in its development.
Xie presents 40 years of development of China
Others present in the recent MOA signing included Chinese Embassy Counselor Xie Yonghui, PUP Prof. Alberto Guillo among other university officials, faculty and students, and some Huawei executives.
At the event, Xie presented China’s development in the last 40 years through a Power Point presentation even as he urged PUP students to strive in their studies to have a good career later on in life.
One of the Chinese official’s slides titled “China’s economic development at a glance” showed some enviable figures.
Its GDP gross domestic product) of US$13.61 trillion in 2018 transformed China into the world’s second largest economy (the No. 1 largest economy in purchasing power parity with $25.3 trillion).
In trade, it’s the largest trade with $4.62 trillion in 2018, and it has the biggest manufacturing economy over a combined triumvirate of the United States, European Union, and Japan.
China’s foreign reserves is the largest at $3.16 trillion in January 2018; has a $130 billion foreign direct investment (FDI), while making $140 billion overseas direct investment (ODI).
In terms of poverty reduction, China was able to lift 600 million from poverty in 40 years.
Xie said that under the current poverty line trajectory, his country would be able to eliminate poverty by 2020.
It has the world’s largest middle class with 400 million people; and China is the “first major economy with one billion population to escape the so-called ‘middle income trap’ to become a developed country in history.”
Xie also noted in his remarks that under the leadership of Presidents Xi Jinping and Rodrigo R. Duterte the relations between their countries have increased so much.
He also recalled the Philippines and China’s centuries-old relations with benefits to both Chinese and Filipino peoples.
Chinese companies in the Philippines, he pointed out, are currently providing employment to 16,000 Filipinos. (SDN — Science and Digital News)