Business News 25.7.2016 12:35 pm

VUT partners with Huawei to boost innovation in SA

University students outside the  gates at Vaal University  in Johannesburg. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

University students outside the gates at Vaal University in Johannesburg. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The innovation centre, which cost R72 million to build, is one of the 10 Huawei is currently building across the world.

Leading global ICT solutions provider Huawei, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vaal University of Technology Science and Technology Park in Sandton on July 19 at the unveiling of Huawei’s first Innovation and Experience Centre built in Africa.

The university said the partnership formed part of the agreements between the department of telecommunications and postal services, China and Huawei.

VUT Science and Technology Park’s engineering specialist Tshepo Mahanuke, executive director Joe Molete and operations manager Heinrich van der Merwe applauded as they tied a knot with Huawei, in support of the bilateral agreement between China and South Africa.

Among the dignitaries who attended this launch was the Telecommunication and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele and the ambassador of The People’s Republic of China to South Africa, Tian Xuejun, as well as the president of Huawei Eastern and Southern Africa Region, Li Peng.

The innovation centre, which cost R72 million to build, is one of the 10 Huawei is currently building across the world.

The Vaal University of Technology has been inaugurated as the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy program (HAINA), which will provide internationally accredited ICT-related short programmes. In addition, the programme will promote VUT as a certified training organisation to its students and customer base for both HAINA based programmes and selected professional programmes.

The partnership between VUT and Huawei aims at enabling and preparing students, entrepreneurs and those in the ICT business to meet the challenges and opportunities created by the ICT industry’s fast-moving innovation, providing a platform to trial their innovative technologies. The programme entails internship opportunities for top HAINA certified students from VUT; and Huawei certification will be given priority when offering job opportunities within Huawei or Huawei’s Channel partners.

The VUT will also be hosting the Huawei technology professionals and professors to cooperate with the most advanced industry ICT technologies with broad and converging ICT technology coverage and promote VUT HAINA as the lead training academy in Africa.

Through this collaboration Huawei, will connect academia worldwide to create a community that can share knowledge and ideas, assisting students to broaden their horizons, aspirations, goals and further creating career opportunities. One of the mandates at the Science and Technology Park is to encourage innovation and create better ICT platforms, which will be done through skills transfer.

Vaal University of Technology through its Science and Technology Park takes pride in collaborating with such influential partners such as Huawei to support the establishment of a fruitful relationship between Academia and the ICT Industry, in turn contributing towards building a better society. Minister Cwele, Tian Xuejun and Li Peng all shared the same sentiments, that innovation is a driving force of this country’s economic growth and that it is through partnerships like this that South Africa can grow as a nation.

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