The Huawei Information and Communication
Technology-ICT Academy, a non-commercial cooperation has entered a Memorandum
of Understanding-MoU with Makerere University to train and certify Ugandan ICT
This revelation was made during the signing of MOU between Makerere
and Huawei Technologies, a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment
and consumer electronics manufacturer headquartered in Shenzhen, China.
Liu Jiawei, the Huawei Managing Director, said this
partnership and academy will help in career building for all ICT providers,
network experts and students.
He disclosed that the academy is set
to commence in June this year with a view of training and imparting practical
skills to more than 1000 Ugandans free of charge.
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He encouraged students who will
join the academy to utilize the opportunities and ideas, which will be
exchanged to make their lives, Uganda and the World better.
Huawei also awarded 11 students a four day’s
trip on a technology exchange programme to Shenzhen, China where they will be trained in
the latest technology including 5G technology.
Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, the Principal of the College of
Computing and Information Sciences at Makerere University, said the project was
initiated in September 2018.
According to Oyana, although the official launch was Tuesday,
Huawei through its partnership with the institution has trained and equipped 350
students from Makerere University and 200 others from universities plus other
online applications making a total of 1300 students.
In addition, Oyana discloses that Huawei has supported the
College of Computing and Information Sciences with equipment worth US$30,000
approximately Shillings 113million and pledged to support the college with
US$15000 approximately Shillings 56million annually for capacity building.
Prof. Oyana asked the students who are travelling to China to
learn how to serve others and to use the skills attained to provide services
and goods for the Ugandan populace.
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The Academy will be housed under the Center for innovations
and professional skills development headed by Barbara Nalubega. According to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University
Vice Chancellor, Makerere has the best computing school in the region and
Huawei partnership will make the institution excel further.
He contends that a
Huawei academy is the first of its Kind in Uganda.
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This project aims to improve and cultivate ICT talents,
bridge the gap between universities and the corporate world by offering
hands-on training, promote ICT industry technology certification and develop
ICT industry talent.
Alex Kakooza, the Ministry of Education and Sports’ Permanent
Secretary appealed to students in various institutions to embrace the
certification program by Huawei.
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ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze appealed to the young innovators
to look at the current problems facing Uganda and turn them into opportunities
for innovative solutions.
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The ICT career certifications developed by Huawei are based
on the industry’s leading technologies and global practices.
The Academy programs includes certification
paths in Routing and Switching –R&S certification, wireless LAN
certification Physical Security certification, storage certification, Cloud
computing training and certification and its expanding.