Huawei and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA), adding the educational institution as part of the Huawei ICT Academy. The MOA signing ceremony was held at PUP’s main campus in Santa Mesa, Manila.
The ICT Academy is part of Huawei’s ecosystem which addresses the challenge of talent shortage in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), particularly in the areas of cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and Internet of things (IoT).
In Huawei’s ecosystem, the company collaborates with education and training institutions, industry associations, and partners to enable the sustainable development of ICT. Backed by its extensive experience in ICT development, Huawei has created its own certification system that defines standards for all ICT fields. The ecosystem provides clear paths on career development for all ICT professionals toward their goals. PUP is one of the most recent additions to the Huawei ICT Academy in the country; the first one is the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) back in October last year.
“This is a way of thanking the country, the Philippines, for welcoming Huawei and making us as one of the top brands,” said Karenina Buenafe, Public Affairs and Communications Department Head at Huawei. “With our partnership with PUP, we will be giving certification vouchers for free. Students can take the open online courses and the formal classes that PUP will be offering. We are offering a full range of cooperation, starting from training the instructors as part of local talent development. This is a chance for Filipinos, especially engineering, computer science, and ICT students and graduates to be employed in Huawei and work for us.”
Buenafe also took the event as an opportunity to announce the Huawei ICT Competition among PUP students and faculty members. “We also have our international competition. Hopefully, if we can register PUP within the next two months, some of the students can earn the chance to participate in our national competition. The competition has three levels: the national level wherein participants will compete with other schools in the Philippines; the regional level which will be held either in Malaysia or Indonesia; and the finals,” Buenafe added.
Since its inauguration in 2015, the Huawei ICT Competition has been a global phenomenal event among higher education institutions, providing a platform for international talents to communicate. Huawei also conducts job fairs to help in enriching the ICT talent pool.
The milestone event between Huawei and PUP was witnessed by representatives from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Philippines. “We are also working with the Chinese embassy to establish the Chinese studies center in PUP. Our faculty members and some officials of PUP went to Beijing to see what China has to offer in terms of building mutual trust and relationship that will benefit both the University and China. We know that there many Filipinos who are migrants from China, and we have a long history of cultural relationships and interactions with them,” said PUP President Dr. Emanuel de Guzman in his speech.