Huawei Australia has selected 29 undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) students to participate in its Seeds for the Future program.

In partnership with the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) and supported by the Australian Government New Colombo Plan, the students will travel to China for three-weeks of cultural and hands-on IT lessons and training.

Huawei’s Seeds for the Future initiative aims to encourage local ICT talent, promotes interest in the telecommunications sector and seeks to foster a greater understanding of  China.

The students will take part in a wide range of Chinese cultural and business experiences ranging from learning Mandarin at the Beijing Language and Cultural University, to visiting The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China.

The student will then visit Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters for product and services training with the telco’s industry leaders.

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Huawei Australia CEO George Huang

Huawei Australia CEO George Huang tipped industry training and education as vital to ensure Australia’s next generation of ICT professionals are well prepared to contribute to the telco industry when they enter the workforce.

“Exposure to Huawei’s world leading research and development environment will help the students to understand the commitment and focus required to continually move the industry forward,” he said.

Seeds for the Future is a global initiative, implemented in 96 countries worldwide. Since 2013, Huawei Australia has provided over 75 Australian undergraduates with the opportunity to learn about China and to experience Huawei’s dynamic global business. The program is in its fifth year in Australia and is growing in momentum.