UZ, Huawei sign MOU

Leading technology solutions provider Huawei Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Zimbabwe for a joint ICT training  which would see students at the institution benefit immensely.
Speaking after the signing ceremony to TechnoMag, UZ Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura said there will be an ICT Training Centre at the institution which will be commissioned soon.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

 

“The Centre of ICT excellence will be commissioned probably in the next three months. The Chinese have efficient technologies and are very time conscious,” he said.

 Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Huang Ping and UZ Vice Chancellor Prof Levi Nyagura shake hands while Huawei Country Manager Lightman LAi looks on

Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Huang Ping and UZ Vice Chancellor Prof Levi Nyagura shake hands while Huawei Country Manager Yang Jiangtao looks on

He added,”This ICT centre will be used to cultivate ICT talents and will help ICT to improve hands-on practical skills, we particularly hope that the centre will evolve into a regional centre of excellence in ICT which will not only serve Zimbabwe but the member nations of Sadc, as students from the region will also join the training programmes.”

“…which uses  the popular university-enterprise cooperation model in course development, training and certification. Specifically the cooperation is meant to develop mainstream cutting edge ICT and Telecommunications technology and teaching content, as well as to accelerate the subjects’ development. The courses will cover popular ICT technologies, in eluding internet protocol, wireless, transport network and cloud computing,” he said.

“The other aim for this partnership is to enable students to familiarise with industry practices and promote instructors’ professional development through instructor training programmes.”
He added that the partnership will provide international career certification in ICT and Telecommunications for the students and professionals in the country.

UZ VC Prof Levi Nyagura and Huawei Country manager Lightman Lai listen to Huawei rep

UZ VC Prof Levi Nyagura and Huawei Zimbabwe Managing Director Albert Yang listen to Huawei rep

‘Huawei will provide career certification examinations for students  before they graduate thus increasing their employability,” he said.

“The department of Physics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering will next year be launching a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Technology which will be run in partnership with Huawei Technologies.

This program and the joint training programs in ICT that will be developed through this partnership will cement the University’s leadership in the field of ICT, thus strengthen our academic reputation,” he added.

Huawei Zimbabwe Managing Director Albert Yang  said the company is honored to collaborate with UZ to equip students with up-to-date ICT knowledge and skills that will nurture the next generation of ICT professionals in Zimbabwe.
“As an international ICT innovator, we are committed to sharing knowledge with our academic partners and creating opportunities for individuals, businesses and economies worldwide. Huawei believes that knowledge will create opportunities, and education is of key importance to support effective and sustainable growth. Through the HANA program, Huawei will contribute support to local ICT education, create more opportunities and build a better ICT talent eco-system.” he said.

 

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