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Professional training for ICT students with Huawei Seeds for Future program

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Huawei Australia and the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) have selected 10 students to be hosted in China as part of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future initiative, their most heavily invested Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.

The selected students from RMIT University (RMIT) in Victoria, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of South Australia (UniSA) and Curtin University will join senior ICT lecturers on a two-week, hands-on learning experience in Shenzhen, China, in July.

Huawei collaborated with the ATN to select the top performing students to provide them the opportunity to experience life at the Huawei campus with around 60,000 employees based in Shenzhen, as well as to visit Huawei’s Research and Development labs, its Exhibition and Logistics Centres, and gain valuable work experience in a global business environment.

Jeremy Mitchell, director of corporate and public affairs at Huawei, said the ‘Seeds for the Future’ initiative helps develop talent in Australia and encourages participation in the international ICT community.

“We are delighted to see this year’s female participation at 50%. We believe that empowering women in the tech sector has a positive effect on our industry, boosts our economy and ensures Australia maintains a global competitive workforce in the future. We will continue to build our program to ensure Australia’s best ICT students get this important global experience.”

ATN executive director, Renee Hindmarsh said: “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program is a fantastic opportunity for ATN students to interact with state-of-the art technology, get first-hand experience and learn vital multicultural business skills within the global ICT secto.

“We are excited for our students who will get the chance to network with true industry leaders and other like-minded individuals, and come back with new skills to thrive and excel in their future careers.”

The students selected to participate in Huawei’s 2016 Seeds for the Future delegation include:

•    Jack Byrant, RMIT – Victoria

•    Pauline Jungco, RMIT –Victoria

•    Grant Kennedy, UniSA – South Australia

•    Sarah Rich, UniSA – South Australia

•    Jordan Anslow, QUT – Queensland

•    Aakanksha Bose, QUT- Queensland

•    James Fenton, UTS – New South Wales

•    Bronwyn Mercer, UTS – New South Wales

•    Matthew Biletic, Curtin University – Western Australia

•    Ozlem Erkilic, Curtin University – Western Australia

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