Huawei Plants Seeds for the Future

20 January 1959

Huawei Technologies Australia, in partnership with the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), has today announced it will host 10 undergraduate students in China as part of its annual Seeds for the Future initiative.

First launched in 2008, Seeds for the Future has, to-date, welcomed over 10,000 students from 150 universities across 54 countries. Embarking on a two-week, hands-on learning experience, students are given the opportunity to work closely with researchers in Huawei’s industry leading research laboratories. Establishing a deeper understanding of the latest in digital innovation, products and solutions; the program is designed to nurture young Australian talent within the Information and Computer Technology (ICT) sector.

“Delivering a practical course structure is not possible through the traditional university environment”, Mr. Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Corporate & Public Affairs Huawei Australia said. Seeds for the Future introduces students to Huawei’s state-of-the-art technology and processes and aims to bridge the gap between industry and academia”.

“Enhancing students’ ability to adapt to the ever-changing ICT industry, Seeds for the Future not only fosters young Australian talent, it ultimately delivers a positive influence on the global ICT industry,” said Mr. Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Corporate & Public Affairs Huawei Australia.

“As a global leader in the ICT industry, Huawei is committed to helping shape the future of the industry, which we recognise lies is in the hands of young and upcoming talent.”

Executive Director of the ATN, Renee Hindmarsh said, “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Huawei through the Seeds for the Future program for the second year.”

“The partnership inspires the best and brightest minds in the ICT field and offers a unique opportunity to gain industry-focused, practical experience in one of the world’s biggest companies.”

The successful students will have the opportunity to experience life on the 60,000 staffed Huawei campus and visit the technology giant’s Exhibition Centre, Logistics Centre and R&D labs. The group will also have the opportunity to interact with local students and learn more about Chinese culture and language to gain cross-cultural work experience in a global business environment.

Troy Burgess, a Curtin University student who participated in the 2015 Seeds for the Future program said, “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future initiative connects enthusiastic students from around the globe, bringing them all together for this fantastic experience. As a result of my participation in the Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program, I now have an excellent understanding of the ICT industry and a strong sense of direction of where I want my career to lead me.”

Highlighting its significant CSR commitment, Huawei has also partnered with the Clontarf Foundation to engage young indigenous students within the Australian technology industry. The partnership aims to encourage indigenous students across Australia to enroll in Seeds for the Future; simultaneously educating them about the abundance of opportunities available within the ICT sector.

For more information about Huawei’s commitment to CSR or the Seeds for the Future program, visit Huawei’s global website here.

About Huawei Australia

Huawei is a leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider serving 45 of the world’s top 50 telecom operators. In Australia, Huawei creates over 800 jobs and works with all major Australian operators. Half of the Australian population already use some sort of Huawei product for their telecommunications needs. Huawei’s products and solutions have been deployed in over 170 countries and support the communications needs of one third of the world’s population.

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