Huawei ICT Academy to Train 1000 Ugandan Professionals Annually Top story

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Liu Jiawei, the Huawei Managing Director, said this partnership and academy will help in career building for all ICT providers, network experts and students.

The Huawei Information and Communication Technology-ICT Academy, a non-commercial cooperation has entered a Memorandum of Understanding-MoU with Makerere University to train and certify Ugandan ICT professionals.      

This revelation was made during the signing of MOU between Makerere and Huawei Technologies, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer headquartered in Shenzhen, China.    

Liu Jiawei, the Huawei Managing Director, said this partnership and academy will help in career building for all ICT providers, network experts and students.  

He disclosed that the academy is set to commence in June this year with a view of training and imparting practical skills to more than 1000 Ugandans free of charge.   
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  He encouraged students who will join the academy to utilize the opportunities and ideas, which will be exchanged to make their lives, Uganda and the World better. 

Huawei also awarded 11 students a four day's trip on a technology exchange programme to  Shenzhen, China where they will be trained in the latest technology including 5G technology.  

Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, the Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences at Makerere University, said the project was initiated in September 2018. 

According to Oyana, although the official launch was Tuesday, Huawei through its partnership with the institution has trained and equipped 350 students from Makerere University and 200 others from universities plus other online applications making a total of 1300 students.  

In addition, Oyana discloses that Huawei has supported the College of Computing and Information Sciences with equipment worth US$30,000 approximately Shillings 113million and pledged to support the college with US$15000 approximately Shillings 56million annually for capacity building. 


Prof. Oyana asked the students who are travelling to China to learn how to serve others and to use the skills attained to provide services and goods for the Ugandan populace.  

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The Academy will be housed under the Center for innovations and professional skills development headed by Barbara Nalubega.  According to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Makerere has the best computing school in the region and Huawei partnership will make the institution excel further. 

He contends that a Huawei academy is the first of its Kind in Uganda.    

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This project aims to improve and cultivate ICT talents, bridge the gap between universities and the corporate world by offering hands-on training, promote ICT industry technology certification and develop ICT industry talent.  

Alex Kakooza, the Ministry of Education and Sports' Permanent Secretary appealed to students in various institutions to embrace the certification program by Huawei.


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ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze appealed to the young innovators to look at the current problems facing Uganda and turn them into opportunities for innovative solutions. 

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The ICT career certifications developed by Huawei are based on the industry's leading technologies and global practices.      
The Academy programs includes certification paths in Routing and Switching - R&S certification, wireless LAN certification Physical Security certification, storage certification, Cloud computing training and certification and its expanding.  


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