Yesterday the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr Graham Quirk announced an agreement with Huawei for Brisbane students to study and learn with the company in China, the company's planned opening of a shop in Brisbane and the employment of nine staff in its new Brisbane office.
Visiting Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, Cr Quirk said Brisbane was home to a wealth of ICT students which would be ideal for the company’s undergraduate work experience program.
“Local Brisbane students will greatly benefit from exposure to one of the largest research and development companies in the world,” Quirk said.
“As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane needs to be strongly engaged with Asia and continue to look for opportunities in the burgeoning Asia region,” Cr Quirk said. “One of my priorities is connecting Brisbane with international students for mutual economic growth through lifelong connections.”
Huawei Australia Corporate Affairs Director Jeremy Mitchell said Huawei employs more than 70,000 R&D engineers around the world, and that Brisbane-based students would now be able to learn from Huawei’s innovation centres in China.
The annual undergraduate work experience program will see three Brisbane students travel to Beijing and Shenzhen for a 3-week, hands-on training and workshop program in Huawei’s innovation centres and laboratories.
On the same day Huawei also announced an Australian blog, We Are Huawei, created to "offer the facts about Huawei from the people who work for Huawei, as well as telling the stories of Huawei Australia’s staff and their contributions to the community "
"All too often, our only impression of a company like Huawei comes from what we read online or in a newspaper, and it can be easy to forget that Huawei is not a faceless corporation but a company of 700 dedicated Australian staff," Huawei Australia’s Chairman John Lord said in an opening statement on the blog.
"Globally, Huawei has 150,000 staff, and every day these enthusiastic individuals dedicate themselves not only to their jobs, but also to the betterment of the local community.
"Huawei’s Australian Board was established two years ago now, and in that time we have witnessed the tremendous growth achieved by our local team. Not only has revenue grown with a highly successful year last year, but Huawei has become better known in the broader community and its global success better recognised around Australia."
The blog refutes what it describes as various myths, including that Huawei is owned by the Chinese government, and that 'Huawei’s CEO and founder, Mr Ren Zhengfei was a general in the People’s Liberation Army' (Huawei confirmed he was a member of the army, but not a General).