ATN’s rising ICT stars to explore latest innovation trends in China

Seeds for the Future studentsThe Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) and Huawei Australia have selected ten of the best and brightest ICT students in the country to explore world leading innovation trends on Huawei’s two-week study tour in China.

The Departure Ceremony held in Melbourne yesterday afternoon, saw the selected students from all five ATN universities come together for the first time. Huawei Australia’s board member, The Hon John Brumby, briefed the students about what to expect on the two-week training program, and specifically what they will learn at the 60,000 staffed Huawei HQ and Research & Development facilities in Shenzhen, China. Representatives from the Chinese Embassy, Confucius Institute, Victorian Department of State Development and the ATN also joined Mr Brumby in addressing the students.

Mr Brumby said that exploring the latest innovation trends at Huawei University in Shenzhen is a truly unique experience. “Huawei has 176,000 employees worldwide of which 45% of the employees are specialised in Research & Development. China’s growth is phenomenal and behind their impressive economic performance is innovation. Huawei leads the world in innovation and the students will learn and get first-hand experience in the technologies that will shape our country’s future.”

ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh said, “Seeds for the Future offers our best and brightest students a unique learning and cultural experience to interact with the latest innovations in one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. It is fantastic to see such a talented group of high-achieving students in this year’s cohort, and we hope this experience will inspire them to achieve their career aspirations in the global ICT industry.”

Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program is a global initiative which offers undergraduate students studying a technology/science related discipline the opportunity to travel to Huawei’s HQ in Shenzhen where they will get a unique insight in the latest emerging technology and products, visit Huawei’s Exhibition Centre, R&D labs and Logistics Centre, experience life on campus and learn about Chinese culture.

Past students participating in the Seeds for the Future program have said the experience has given them rare insights into the future of the telecommunications industry and has opened up new doors for their future careers, inspiring them to return to China this year.