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1st LD Writethru: Roundup: China’s Huawei, Ethiopia’s university launch ICT practice center

Abstract : Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, and Addis Ababa University, the oldest and largest higher education institute in the Eastern African country, on Tuesday inaugurated an Information and Communications Technology Practice Center realized by Huawei in AAU's Addis Ababa Institute of Technology.

ADDIS ABABA, June 1 (Xinhua) — Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, and
Addis Ababa University (AAU), the oldest and largest higher education
institute in the Eastern African country, on Tuesday inaugurated an
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Practice Center realized
by Huawei in AAU’s Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT).

The center will deliver hands-on practical and innovative experience for students and professionals in the sector.

The project aims to delivering hands-on practical experience for
students and professionals, targeting to train more than 2,000 engineers
including students and teachers to boost talent ecosystem of Ethiopia
in the coming three years.

The project is implemented with an investment amounting to some 2.1
million U.S. dollars, including a donation of equipment worth about 1.9
million U.S. dollars for training and demonstration, and Train the
Trainer program to AAiT teaching staff.

According to the cooperation mode, Huawei installed the demo
equipment on the premises of the AAU Pharmacy Campus, and operates it
for three years period, after which, Addis Ababa University will fully
take over the ownership of the practice center.

During the ceremony, Huawei also handed over 30,000-dollar
scholarship fund to Addis Ababa University for 10 postgraduate students
annually within 3 years.

Hailing the project’s role in filling the skill gap, and also in
supporting efforts of producing highly qualified graduates, which in
turn help the country realizing the vision of digital economy, Mulu
Nega, Ethiopia’s State Minster of Science and Higher Education, said,
“Huawei is very active in the field of digitalization of education and
ICT content embedding is a global trend and the future of the nation.”

Speaking on his part, Tassew Woldehana, President of Addis Ababa
University, noted that the Huawei-AAU ICT Practice Center plays a
significant role in enabling students to be equipped with appropriate
skill, which the country needs, as it is in the process of liberalizing
the telecom sector.

Reiterating that the country’s telecom sector has been awarded to
private sector recently, the president underlined the need that
universities in the country need to graduate capable people who can join
those companies that need qualified and skilled graduates in the ICT

Stating also that digital economy is very important for Ethiopia’s
economic growth, and that his university is engaged with providing
qualified and capable human power with the appropriate knowledge and
practical skills, Tassew said the center will serve not only the
university, but all Ethiopians. “I would like to thank Huawei for this
great initiative.”

Huawei is currently implementing multiple projects benefiting
thousands of students and industrial practitioners with a view of
building ICT capacity and improving ICT development in Ethiopia.

These projects include the flagship program Huawei ICT Academy,
Huawei ICT Competition, Seeds for the Future exchange program, as well
as ICT Handshaking forum – a job fair connecting the industry and ICT
talents. Since first ICT academy launched in 2018, Huawei has partnered
with 36 universities on educational activities. Huawei also aligned with
Jobs Creation Commission in talent cultivation and hiring projects.

The ICT practice center is Huawei’s initiative to build ICT talent
and industrial ecosystem in Ethiopia and deliver practical experience
for students and professionals using high end ICT equipment.

Philippe Wang, Executive Vice-President of Huawei Northern Africa,
said the ICT practice center was launched to fill the experience and
knowledge gap in the sector and the students will get deeper
understanding of industry.

“Building a long-term relation and platform for resource sharing,
joint development efforts and mutual benefits is the responsibility for
us all. I firmly believe Huawei-AUU ICT Practice Center, together with
Huawei ICT Academy will be the cornerstone in achieving this common
target,” Wang said. Enditem

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Source: 1st LD Writethru: Roundup: China’s Huawei, Ethiopia’s university launch ICT practice center

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