Huawei announced the launch of its ‘Seeds for the Future’ CSR programme in Nepal. The programme aims at developing skills of students interested in a career in Information and Communications Technologies.
Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei has launched ‘Seeds for the Future’, its global flagship CSR programme in Nepal. The programme is aimed at improving skills of graduating Nepali students desirous of pursuing a career in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).
Over 9,000 students from 130 countries have so far participated in the ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme that was launched in Thailand in 2008. But the company has ambitious plans of developing up to 10,000 ICT professionals in the next five years.
The response on the programmes’s portal has been encouraging, according to Huawei Nepal. Over 130 undergraduate students have applied for the programme from across Nepal. There were few women applicants.
“After a competitive selection process, the Seeds for the Future Selection Committee composed of distinguished ICT professors has selected 20 undergraduate students, including 4 from outside the Kathmandu valley, who will take part in the 8-day online training, visit a Huawei-built 4G base station in Ghandruk and attend classes from industry experts,” Huawei Nepal said in a statement.
The students will also get a chance to participate in the Tech4Good global competition, the company said in a press release. The competition is a platform for young people to pitch ideas on leveraging ICTs for good. Winning students can win cash prizes up to 20,000 USD from the company, according to Huawei Nepal.
At the launch of the programme, Huawei Nepal’s CEO, William Zhang, said that the Chinese transnational plans to develop 10,000 ICT talents in the coming five years in the country. Zhang, of course, hoped more young women would participate in the programme’s next edition.