For the second consecutive year, as part of Huawei’s “Seeds for the Future” CSR program, the company sponsored six students from UBD and UTB to go on a field trip to the company’s headquarters in China. So what is “Seeds for the Future” about?
First of all, Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s largest global CSR flagship program. We leverage our world leading ICT technologies in this program to cultivate ICT professionals in countries where we operate in order to drive knowledge transformation. The undergraduates had two full-weeks as soon as they arrived in China. They started off with an opportunity to learn something about China such as Chinese history, language, culture and people; and they also visited some famous landmarks. Then, they are involved in learning theories in the classroom and in lab studies. Since the undergraduates are taking courses related to ICT, we anticipate the Seeds program could be an integral part of their learning and growth.
This type of student exchange program is not only costly, but it is also time consuming and entails a great deal of responsibility. Why does the company place so much emphasis on training the minds of young Bruneians?
Human capital is never cheap, so to speak. We’ve spoken to a few institutions and government agencies, and this together with our own challenges in getting industry-fit resources, made us think about what we, as one of the players in the ICT industry in Brunei could do to aid the human resource issue that is being faced in this industry. Hence, we decided to introduce Huawei Seeds for the Future programs which we believe will be a good start for the young graduates.
The Director of Industry Liaison Office of UTB, Jennifer Voon, said “the Seeds program gave our students the opportunity to have some experience in how innovation is nurtured and realised in the industry. It gave them an insight into the connection between what they study in a classroom environment and how technology is applied in the industry. The students are in their final year of studies and the experience will enhance their knowledge in the classroom.”
Next, we are looking at implementing this internship program in our local office. We will be collaborating with the universities for the internship program. We are also working closely with our partners in order to offer a variety of ICT certification programs which are specially geared for industry-ready skills that would lead to immediate employability. With these efforts, we hope that not only are we developing ICT talents, but that we are also helping students to widen their vision about the ICT industry. With what they experience, we hope to motivate them and to prepare their minds to enter the work sector after they graduate.
From working closely with the students for two weeks, what are some of the key strengths that you’ve identified in the local students?
Students in general, do not know much about Huawei when we first come in contact with them in the Seeds Program. However, there are a series of briefings and later they travel to Huawei HQ, and they slowly get to know Huawei and understand our corporate culture and core values. Before, during and after the trip, we observed that the students were very enthusiastic -: to learn a new language, new culture and also in the classroom and lab. Throughout the trip, even though they are young but very cooperative, mature and professional. When we spoke to them, we found out that the majority of them who will be graduating this year, have already started to plan their next move and have shown a keen interest in building a career in the telecommunications industry.
Here’s what some of the students from UBD and UTB had to say about their trip to Huawei’s Headquarters in China.
Lim Pei Nee (UBD)
What is your impression of China and its culture?
Throughout my two week stay in China, I could see that it is a modern country which preserves its rich culture and tradition, and this could be seen in various forms. For example: Some of the modern buildings in China still follow the ideas and design of Chinese philosophies; and the Chinese celebrate traditional festivals which are an important and brilliant part of Chinese culture.
Naasiruddeen bin Abdul Wahab (UTB)
What did you learn about Huawei’s Corporate Culture?
There is so much that we can learn from Huawei’s Corporate Culture. We can learn about Innovation. Huawei continuously innovates to meet customer needs/wants. They cooperate with industry partners and focus on building future-proof information pipes; and continuously create value for their customers and society. And we can also learn about leadership.
Ak Mohd Zulfakhri Bin Pg Awang (UTB)
What has been your fondest experience during this trip?
The fondest experience I had was at the Huawei training where I could relate my studies in the university to the communications industry. This helped me to understand the concept of current and future communications technology. During the practical classes I gained valuable experience in configuring network systems; identifying electronic devices used in systems; and identifying errors that occur in the network.