Huawei has once again combined forces with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure to launch their global CSR program ‘Seeds for the Future’. This is the second time that the program is being launched in Sri Lanka following its initial launch in Sri Lanka last year. The aim of the program is to support local ICT talents by presenting them with full sponsorships from Huawei where 10 selected students from Sri Lankan students from universities will get the chance to visit China on an ICT and Chinese culture influenced study trip.
Scheduled to be held from the 4th of November to the 18th November the Seeds for the Future will allow the students to experience China’s traditional culture and engage in Chinese calligraphy and painting at the Beijing Language and Culture University during the first week in Beijing. In addition, the students will also have opportunities to study cutting-edge ICT technologies such as 5G, cloud computing and have hands-on practice at Huawei Headquarters’ most advanced labs located in Shenzhen. Huawei’s aim is to provide educational support to youth in involved in ICT to further assist them in improving Sri Lanka’s digital infrastructure, thereby giving back to the economy. The introduction of the Customer Solutions Innovation and Integration Experience Center facility is a prime example of this.
Commenting on Huawei’s approach with their CSR program for the second year running, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Hon. Harin Fernando stated, “Seeds for the Future initiative is Huawei another contribution to ICT industry in Sri Lanka. Last year’s study trip enhanced students’ abilities to adapt to the ICT industry as they learned more about state-of-the-art technologies and skills, as well as the innovation needs of Sri Lankan market. We appreciate Huawei’s contribution for this great program which benefits local communities, universities, students, and Sri Lankan ICT industry.”
Adding his insight into the importance of such a program for a country such as Sri Lanka, the Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, H. E. Yi Xianliang speaking at the event highlighted that Sri Lanka and China has a long history of friendship and that he appreciates that Huawei as a global Chinese multinational has come forward to help Sri Lanka’s future development by way of technological transformation.
He further said that he believe that the students will gain the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture while bringing in technological innovation they gain from the study tour to the future development of Sri Lanka.
Speaking at the launch of the CSR program for the second time in Sri Lanka, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Sri Lanka, Shunli Wang said, “ICT has become crucial growth engine for many different industries.
As a global ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the countries it operates, and aims to drive long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This year, we sponsor another 10 university students to develop local ICT talent and enhance knowledge transfer.”