Huawei earmarks $50 million to train 2 million ICT professionals in next 5 years

Huawei has released the Huawei ICT Academy Program 2.0, a program which the Chinese firm aims to develop 2 million ICT professionals and popularize digital skills over the next five years by collaborating with universities.

Announced during the Industrial Digital Transformation Live Conference, the initiative is part of Huawei’s digital inclusion initiative, TECH4ALL, which is intended to expand the benefits of digital technology to everyone, everywhere. Huawei will set up the Huawei ICT Academy Development Incentive Fund (ADIF), with a total investment of at least $50 million over the next five years.

In 2013, Huawei established its ICT Academy program, under which it has provided quality courses and support services to universities (and colleges) to help them train teachers, establish and optimize ICT majors, improve the curriculum system, and build standard labs. Huawei ICT Academy also introduces Huawei’s ICT technologies and products to students in universities around the world, encourages them to participate in Huawei certification, and develops innovative and application-oriented technical talent for society and the global ICT industry.

Since 2015, Huawei has partnered with more than 600 international universities to set up Huawei ICT academies, helping the universities improve their ICT teaching abilities and train more than 1,500 teachers.

To meet new requirements and challenges, the Huawei ICT Academy Program will enter the 2.0 phase in 2020. According to its five-year plan, Huawei will develop 2 million ICT professionals and continuously update its school-enterprise cooperation solutions in cutting-edge technologies, such as 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

To achieve this goal, Huawei will set up the Huawei ICT Academy Development Incentive Fund (ADIF), with a total investment of at least $50 million over the next five years. The fund aims to help ICT academies operate stably by the following four actions:

  • Providing teaching experiment equipment for cooperative universities to improve students’ practical skills.
  • Training teachers through ADIF, providing free exam vouchers to encourage students to take Huawei’s certification exams, and setting up an education fund to reward excellent teachers and students.
  • Holding the Huawei ICT Competition to provide a platform for students to communicate with their peers and show their talents.
  • Cooperating with partners on ICT Talent Job Fairs to help students find jobs and promote efficient matching between talent supply and demand.

Hank Stokbroekx, the VP of Enterprise Service, Huawei Enterprise BG, said: “Huawei will continue to establish more ICT Academies. Every year, we will build 600 -1000 Huawei ICT Academies. By doing so, we aim to benefit more university teachers and students in the digital world, enable more people to enjoy equal and high-quality education, enhance digital skills, and inject fresh impetus into the industry.”

The launch of Huawei ICT Academy Program 2.0 marks a new stage of Huawei’s talent ecosystem development. In the future, Huawei will deepen cooperation with all parties in the ecosystem, increase investment, and accelerate the construction of an all-round, full-cycle sustainable talent ecosystem to fuel the digital transformation of industries.


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