In collaboration with the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), Huawei launched the 5th edition of its annual learning program “Seeds for the Future” in Qatar. Selected students from Qatar University, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and Community College of Qatar would participate.
During the eight-day program running from August 23-30, 2021, a total of 34 participating students will have the opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge technologies such as 5G technology, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT). Live-stream sessions and pre-recorded courses are available on Huawei’s free online platform iLearningX and hands-on workshops will be conducted in collaboration with universities and partners from the public sector.
Commenting on the launch, Zhao Liang, president of Huawei Gulf North, said, “Qatar’s technology ecosystem is continuing to evolve rapidly. In order to keep up with this transformation, it is vital we invest in the youth of today and ensure they have the tools needed to participate in building the future digital society. As part of our commitment to continuously developing local talent in Qatar, we are honored to launch the latest edition of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program with our partners at Qatar.”
“We are pleased with our collaboration with Huawei in launching this Program as the ICT sector is a key enabler to Qatar National Vision 2030 goals and the country’s transformation to a knowledge-based economy. Therefore, the efforts of the government, academia, and businesses are needed to enrich the knowledge and skills of young talents in Qatar and help them excel and innovate in the ICT sector. Finally, I would like to thank Huawei for their efforts and dedication to inspiring youth talents in Qatar and globally,” said His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, president of CRA.
This year the program also includes the newly launched “Tech4Good” project, which challenges participants to examine how to leverage technology to address the region’s most pressing social and environmental issues. It would increase the students’ social entrepreneurship, problem-solving, and leadership skills in collaboration with other Seeds for the Future students. Participants will present their projects to a panel of judges, where the top 10 global teams will be shortlisted to compete in a global finale competition by the end of this year.
Initiated by Huawei in 2008, “Seeds for the Future” is Huawei’s flagship and long-term global corporate social responsibility (CSR) program organized in partnership with a number of academic institutions and relevant government entities. As of June 2021, the program has reached 9,000 students from over 500 universities worldwide and gained endorsement from more than 120 heads of state and high-level government officials.
By educating students about the latest technologies and ICT trends and enhancing international knowledge transfer amongst them, Huawei aims to support the development of local ICT talents. This will ultimately encourage their role in building the digital economy and developing a stronger and more sustainable technology ecosystem in their countries.