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.
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.
‘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.