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Australian uni students explore China with Huawei

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Twenty four Australian university students will set off for China this weekend to take part in the Huawei Seeds for the Future program which gives STEM undergraduates an opportunity to learn about China and to experience China telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei’s global business.

The 2019 Seeds for the Future students will begin their trip in Beijing where they will be studying basic Mandarin and learning about Chinese culture at the prestigious Beijing Language and Cultural University.

The students will then travel down to Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen where they will have the chance to meet senior Huawei executives and gain insights on how Huawei operates its global technology business that operates in over 170 countries.

The Seeds for the Future program is now in its seventh year of operations having already taken well over 100 Australian students to China as part of the program since launching in 2013.

The participating students come from Australian universities including RMIT, UTS, QUT, UNSW, University of Sydney, Federation University and Central Queensland University.

Three of the 2019 Seeds for the Future students are graduates of the Clontarf Foundation’s education program – of which Huawei has been a long-time partner - which helps to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Monique Edser, QUT Business and IT student, said: “I am very excited to be a part of an experience that will expose me to the Chinese culture and I am hoping to develop a greater insight in to how Chinese people live and work.

“When I finish my studies I want to be a part of shaping technological change and I am excited by the idea that in ten years’ time I could be working in a role that doesn’t even exist right now.

“I am passionate about how technology can be used to have a positive impact on lives and communities and truly believe that technology can contribute considerably to improving our society.”

“I really want to learn more about how a big tech company like Huawei actually goes about discovering new things in their research and taking it from scientific knowledge through development and then into an actual product and to manufacture it on a large scale,” said Flynn Magazowski, RMIT science student.

Adam Hawke, RMIT engineering student, said: “I am very much looking forward to exploring China’s culture and to get some practical understanding of how such a large and influential company like Huawei operates.

“I also hope that the trip will help me to understand where my engineering career could lead to once I finish at RMIT.”

“We are very excited to be taking this latest group of students to China as part of our Seeds for the Future program for 2019, this is a fantastic opportunity for these students,” said Lisa Connors, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Huawei Australia.

“Over the last six years of operating the program in Australia we have given our local students a priceless opportunity to gain international academic and business experience in China.

“The Seeds for the Future program helps to build critical mutually beneficial relationships between our best and brightest young students and China, our largest trading partner and a country that is critical to Australia’s future prosperity.”

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