NUR-SULTAN – Huawei, the Chinese multinational telecommunications manufacturer, is expanding its investment in Kazakh Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) university programmes by adding Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) to its global network. The company will invite top performing students to an internship at its headquarters in Shenzhen and open a Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA or Huawei ICT (information and communications technology) Academy) on campus.
KazNU President Galymkair Mutanov and Huawei Technologies Kazakhstan Deputy Director General Liyang Dongbo signed a memorandum of cooperation on April 1.
Huawei will send four KazNU students to an internship with Seeds for the Future, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) flagship programme. They will have an opportunity to learn the company’s solutions and products and master their skills and knowledge in the latest ICT advancements.
Seeds for the Future, which seeks to develop ICT talents globally, has been operating since 2008. The programme has trained more than 3,600 of the best performing students from approximately 350 universities worldwide, including ten Kazakh students from Gumilyov Eurasian National University and International University of Information Technologies in 2017.
“Huawei has already been serving the ICT market in Kazakhstan for 21 years and has invested its full soul in the development of talent. Together with KazNU, we will work to spread the education of communication technology and develop ICT personnel; we will create a chance for vocational education so that people can get in touch with the information society,” said Dongbo.
The ICT Academy at KazNU will train more young Kazakh professionals in the field. Huawei opened its first HAINA in Kazakhstan at Kazakh British Technical University.
“This is a kind of centre equipped with computers and multimedia equipment. Here, students can take a special course in information programmes and receive a certificate. In the future, graduates and undergraduates may be employed in telecommunications companies that use Huawei products. They produce not only phones and computers, but also server equipment, equipment of wireless networks and more. We trust Huawei,” said KazNU’s IT faculty Dean Ualisher Tukeyev.
HAINA is a non-profit partnership project between Huawei and universities around the world. The company has cooperated with more than 300 universities in China and regions such as Europe, Latin America, Central and Southeast Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and Australia, cultivating more than 10,000 students every year.
“We thank you for your cooperation. This will be a good help for our students. I think it is very important for them to undergo this internship and improve their professional skills, as well as give other teachers and students the opportunity to learn how Huawei has become so successful,” said Mutanov.