By THE NATION
Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. recently held its annual “Seeds for the Future 2020” event in Bangkok to offer talented and motivated university students the opportunity to enhance their digital skills through a hands-on training program with leading ICT experts. A group of 15 students from Chulalongkorn University (CU), Kasetsart University (KU), King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), were selected to participate in an exclusive five-day ICT course covering the fields of 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).
Initiated in Bangkok in 2008, the Seeds for the Future program aims to help cultivate young talent, ensuring that the digitally-resilient young people have the skills and mindset needed to compete in the future work landscape. Every year over the past decade, 10 qualified Thai students were given a chance to go on a two-week ICT study trip to China, where they meet fellow students from 125 countries and explore first-hand Huawei’s state-of-the-art learning centers and facilities in Shenzhen and Beijing.
Due to the global pandemic, this year’s event was held locally at Huawei Thailand’s head office. The intensive week-long program included ICT courses live streamed from Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, an extensive Chinese culture workshop, offline courses held exclusively at Huawei office and a comprehensive tour of Thailand 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre (5G EIC) and Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Center.
Experts on 5G, Cloud, Artificial Intelligent (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) shared industry insights as well as their personal experience in helping the country’s transformation using advanced technologies. Huawei also invited the team from Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) which under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. During this special session, the students listened to a presentation on the role of ICT technology in developing solutions and services for the e-commerce sector in Thailand.
The presence of Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society Permanent Secretary, confirms Huawei’s alliance and commitment with the public sector. Because of its relevance and importance to Thai progress, the program has had the support of the Ministry for several years.
“The DES Ministry believes that ICT skills development is critical for today’s digital economy. Practical training programs will enhance the students’ ICT capabilities and broaden their horizon,” said Ajarin, during the graduation ceremony. “Huawei’s long-term mission to incubate young talent and unlock opportunities for sustainable growth is in line with ours. I would like to extend my thanks to the company for initiating the Seeds for the Future porgram and continuously contributing to Thailand’s digitalization that will drive the country towards Thailand 4.0.”
“Huawei is very proud to be part of Thailand’s development. With the mission of ‘Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand,’ we stress our commitment to help Thailand become a digital hub in the Asia Pacific region. It is with great pride and joy that we continue to implement the Seeds for the Future Program because it helps promising, young ICT talent gain knowledge and skills about new technologies, and boost their career paths,” said Abel Deng, Huawei Thailand CEO, during his opening address.
As a prominent enabler and accelerator of digital transformation, Huawei has been investing heavily in cultivating ICT professionals and concentrating its efforts on supporting the development of the ICT ecosystem in Thailand. Over the past two decades, the company has been partnering with various government agencies to create effective ICT development models that bring benefits to society for decades to come. Through talent promotion programs such as the Seeds for the Future initiative, the company seeks to close the gap between knowledge learned in the classroom and the skills required by the industry. Huawei will continue to support and collaborate with the government to ensure sustainable economic and social development in Thailand.