Huawei has been organizing this event in Bangladesh for the last five years
Huawei, one of the world’s leading ICT solutions providers, has selected 10 Bangladeshi students representing five different universities to provide training.
A total of 500 students partook in the selection phases, and from there, only the 10 best minds were selected based on their CGPA, spot examination and their presentation on new technology and innovative companies, said a press release on Thursday.
The winners of the competition were announced through a virtual event held for Huawei's "Seeds for the Future 2020" program on Wednesday.
The event started with the welcome speech of Chen Mingjie (Jay), vice president, Huawei Asia Pacific Region.
The chief guest of the event was Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel and the special guest was Beatrice Kaldun, head of office and UNESCO representative to Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Zhang Zhengjun, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd., and other officials of the tech giant, along with the winners, also took part in the event.
Huawei has been organizing this event in Bangladesh for the last five years.
Traditionally, the chosen students would go to China for a study trip for two weeks but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the training has been shifted to an online program.
The five-day online program will consist of compulsory courses, live-streamed sessions with Huawei experts and guest speakers, elective courses, and self-learning about Chinese culture for the Bangladeshi students.
The core curriculum will cover 5G, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and many more. On the other hand, the elective courses might vary from the digital economy, industry trends to leadership skills.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Nowfel, said: “Today, it is becoming increasingly important for developing economies like Bangladesh to adopt the rapidly changing skills landscapes. To become more competitive and follow the fast pace of technological innovation globally, developing economies need to enhance the knowledge and skills of the youth who, later in the future, will become the next change-makers and leaders.”
"ICT will empower the youth and lead them to make a good contribution to society. This is much appreciable when the localized global ICT leader Huawei is taking the responsibility of grooming talents from Bangladesh.”
Beatrice Kaldun said: “More than ever before, ICT talent and innovative ICT solutions are needed to respond to the myriad challenges caused by the Covid-19 crisis.”
"Huawei, through the "Seeds for the Future Program," is supporting talented Bangladeshi youths to acquire the skills and cutting-edge knowledge in areas of ICT that will enable them to thrive in their professional careers and make a contribution to the sustainable development of Bangladesh”
Echoing the same, Chen Mingjie said: “We have a huge amazing resource and that is the large portion of youth and talents in Bangladesh. Huawei believes youth is the main engine of development as well as digital advancement. We value them and praise their competency.
"And we feel it is our responsibility to guide them so that they can select the right path; realize their value and contribute to the developments of society. With that inspiration, Huawei has come up with the topic for its social benefit programs in the country."
The winners of the "Seeds for the Future 2020" are, Afsara Benazir and Khandaker Mushfiqur Rahman from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology - BUET (CSE department), Tasnia Sultana and Abdullah Al Miraj from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology - CUET (EEE department), Rabeya Tus Sadia and Amit Karmakar from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology - RUET (CSE department), Adiba Tabassum Chowdhury and Arifur Rahman from Dhaka University (EEE department), and Faria Rahman and Foyez-ul Islam from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology - KUET (EEE department).