By Our Reporter
Technology Company Huawei in the week ending 12th May 2017 held interviews to select the top 10 ICT students in Uganda to take part in its Seeds for the Future program of 2017. The interviews consisted of 20 who were shortlisted from 35 students who applied to take part in this program from the various public universities of Uganda including; Makerere, Lira, Gulu, Busitema, Kyambogo, and Mbarara among others.
The Seeds for the Future program is an initiative started globally by Huawei in 2008 and in Uganda in 2015 during the President’s official visit to China. This program aims at developing young ICT talents all over the world through technological training and hands-on skills transfer at Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen China.
The students submitted proposals on how ICT usage can enhance Uganda’s development in thematic areas of commerce, education, agriculture, transport and health among others.
“These were interviewed by a panel of five judges from Ministry of Education & Sports, NITA and Huawei, on the basis of how their proposed ICT solutions would solve various economic challenges and how usable, how feasible, how sustainable they are to Uganda,” said Patrick Muinda, the Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication at the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Muinda noted the initiative adds to Uganda’s education sector through knowledge transfer, enhancement of teaching and scientific research capabilities and provision of high quality courses and opportunities for hands-on practice.
Patrick Tong, Huawei’s Public Relations Director said, “The 10 students shall be announced at the end of May and flagged off to China for the two weeks training in Beijing and our headquarters at Shenzhen.”
Nyambura is a senior journalist based in Kampala