By EDD K. USMAN
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(SDN) — HUAWEI Technology and University of Santo Tomas (UST) are now partners.
This came after the Philippines’ oldest university, which dates back to the Spanish conquistador’s colonizing of Luzon and the Visayas, and the Chinese technology giant agreed to further the goals of the latter’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Academy.
In fact, the two organizations formalized their tie-up with the signing of two Memoranda of Agreement (MOA).
Karenina “Karrie” Buenafe-Escueta, senior public relations manager at Huawei Philippines, announced this in an email to SDN — Science and Digital News.
Liguodong lauded the collaboration and partnership, saying it “will bring a comprehensive, worldwide recognized professional certification system which aims to increase the awareness, ICT knowledge and skills of students of today for ICT jobs of the future.”
The UST leadership is just as optimistic about the future of its collaboration with Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment.
UST Vice Rector for Public Affairs Prof. Cheryl R. Peralta expressed the university’s appreciation for the opportunity to join Huawei’s ICT Academy.
“Thank you for this opportunity to partner with our university. We know that this is a very crucial step ensuring that our students are well-prepared for the demands of the new employment situation. Not only in the country but likewise globally,” she emphasized.
This makes UST the 10th school in the country offering Huawei’s ICT Academy training.
All in all they are University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP); Mapua Institute of Technology; De La Salle University (DLSU), Taft Campus; Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT); Bulacan State University (BulSU); Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Main Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila; Batangas State University (BatStateU); Lyceum of the Philippines; ICCT College in Rizal province; and UST.
And, safe to say, growing.
Since the ICT Academy opened in the country it has so far enrolled 412 students for its certification program, certified 239 of them, and hired 12 certified students at Huawei Philippines. The students garnered a passing rate of 87 percent. (SDN)
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