Belgian students gather in Brussels to kick-off Huawei’s ‘Seeds for the Future 2018’ training program in China

Thursday, July 5, 2018 — Students from 5 Belgian universities gathered in Brussels on Thursday afternoon to launch the training program Seeds for the Future in presence of Mr. Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, Mr. Guo Jianjun, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy to Belgium, as well as representatives from the partnering universities.

Five Belgian universities

Despite the high number of job seekers across Europe, many ICT job vacancies cannot be filled due to a mismatch between the candidate’s skill sets and the requirements of the industry. Huawei is aiming to let young people benefit from the experience and support which it can provide as a global ICT company. Seeds for the Future, Huawei's global CSR programme, is a cornerstone of the company’s effort to address the e-skills challenge.

This year, Huawei collaborates with Universiteit Gent, Universiteit Antwerpen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université de Liège and Université Catholique de Louvain to select 10 top talents in the fields of Civil Engineering, Business Engineering and Computer Sciences to take part in a two-week study trip to China. Over the course of the program, Huawei shares its ICT expertise and experience in managing a multinational with young ICT professionals, and helps fuel the development of local ICT industries.

Study trip to China

During the students’ two weeks agenda in China, Huawei will organize a stay in Beijing, where students will participate in a series of cultural activities at the University of Chinese Language and Culture. The journey then continues to Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen for technical training sessions, with a focus on the latest innovations in the field of networks (4.5G and 5G) and the most significant trends such as A.I., big data, Cloud, IoT, Industry 4.0 and Smart & Safe Cities. The students will visit different facilities of the company, including the exhibition halls, the manufacturing center and the company’s campus.

During the kick-off ceremony, Pedro Ferreira, CEO of Huawei Technologies Belgium stressed the multiple objectives of Seeds for the Future: "to promote excellence among students in the ICT field, to train future experts who will drive the digital transformation of society and industries, and to help fill the digital skills gap in view of the demand for specialized professionals in the ICT sector."

 

Mr. Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, highlighted: “In the future nine out of ten jobs will require digital skills. If we want tomorrow’s digital world to be inclusive, this means a joint effort, undertaken by governments and businesses to launch projects that equip citizens with the skills for tomorrow and that foresee life-long learning for all kinds of workers.”

The Seeds for the Future program currently spans 96 countries worldwide. In Europe alone, 27 countries are involved so far, and more than 700 young people have participated in the programme since its European launch in 2011. In Belgium, more than 50 students have benefited from the program since the first edition in 2014.

First row (Left to right): Mr. Pedro Ferreira (CEO of Huawei Belgium), Mr. Reinhard Laroy (Policy Advisor to Deputy Prime Minister De Croo), Mr. Alexander De Croo (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services), Mr. Liu Kang (President of European Affairs, Huawei), Mr. Guo Jianjun (Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy to Belgium)
Hannes Van Raemdonck Public Relations Manager at Huawei Belgium
Steven Van de Broek PR Consultant at Weber Shandwick