Imagine a smart and fully connected world
“Our vision and mission is to connect everyone in the digital world, whether at home or at work for a fully connected and intelligent world,” said CEO of Huawei Technologies (B) Sdn Bhd Zhang Jian Wei in his welcome speech at the opening ceremony of “Seeds for the Future 2021” co-hosted by Huawei Technologies (B) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).
He added: “Since 2003, Huawei has been collaborating with operators in Brunei, supporting the foundation of network designs that include 3G / 4G mobile networks and FTTH fixed network. By improving the country’s digital infrastructure, local operators can provide basic communication needs and convenience to the community of Brunei. “
Zhang said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Brunei and caused major threats to the network. Through cooperation between Huawei and United National Networks (UNN), the digital infrastructure service in the Sultanate has been upgraded to continuously provide better services and improve user experience.
“Today, ICT infrastructures and networks are essential to the prosperity and competitiveness of countries for industries such as electricity and transport. Over the years, Huawei has led the development of the industry with its advanced technologies while investing heavily in the training of ICT professionals.
“Alongside its partners, Huawei is dedicated to promoting communication technologies and knowledge, developing ICT talent and improving access to better quality education. “
The ICT industry, he added, “is growing rapidly, resulting in dramatic changes in business models and customer needs. As a result, a large number of technical talents are needed to meet the challenges posed by this transformation ”.
“Seeds for the Future,” said Zhang, “is Huawei’s flagship corporate social responsibility program. This program aims to inspire local talent, improve knowledge sharing, promote better understanding and interest in the ICT sector and encourage participation in the digital community. It also encourages countries from different regions to participate in building digital communities. ”
Huawei launched the first Seeds for the Future program in 2008 in Thailand to help local ICT professionals bridge the gap between theory and practice, and master the skills required. The program has been implemented in 103 countries and international organizations around the world, benefiting over 9,000 students from over 500 universities. More than 5,770 university students took a study trip to Huawei headquarters.
The program was launched in Brunei in 2015, with the participation of some 70 students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), UTB and other educational institutions.
This year, 42 other students from different fields and institutions including UBD, UTB, Politeknik Brunei, Institute of Brunei Technical Education and Micronet International College are participating in the program.
Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong said, “China’s digital economy leads the world in terms of industrial scale and technological level, which has become a major force in the world. development of the global digital economy.
China, she added, “has taken the initiative to participate in building and improving the international rules of the digital economy through bilateral and multilateral trading systems. China introduced the Global Data Security Initiative last year and is fully committed to fostering an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for digital development ”.
Huawei Brunei has helped build 3G and 4G internet in Brunei and actively explored cooperation in 5G field.
EVYD Technology has contributed to the Government of Brunei’s efforts to build an AI data-driven pandemic response platform and the BruHealth app that have worked exceptionally in Brunei’s fight against COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the WeCare e-commerce platform, developed by the Chinese company from Brunei, has provided a safe and convenient shopping channel for people.
The digital economy has become a new strength of China-Brunei cooperation.
This year’s Huawei headquarters added new topics to the program, including the culture of live broadcasting in China; Chinese social media; Huawei’s leadership approach; Uber model in Asian markets; “Tech4Good” group work – multicultural learning environment; creativity and innovation; interactive and dynamic classroom; Live tour of the Huawei exhibition hall; Chinese cultural tours live; pre-recorded tailor-made visit; and live Q&A with fast growing companies.
The eight-day virtual program is expected to provide participating students with invaluable experience, especially on cultural experience and current ICT knowledge, which can help prepare students to be market ready.
The event was chaired by the guest of honor Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman.
Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education; vice-chancellors; assistant secretaries; Senior officials, CEOs of companies, professors and students from participating institutions were also present.