Huawei, a leading global information and communication technology (ICT) solutions provider, today kicks off its annual talent development programme Seeds for the Future- 2016 at the company’s Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Center (CSIC) in Dhaka. The program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, and improve young generation’s understanding of ICT and interest in the telecommunications industry.

This year, Huawei will select ten candidates for the study trip from six leading technology institutions in Bangladesh. The institutions are Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka University (DU), Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET), and Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET).

At the kick-off press conference, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, Honorable State Minister of ICT Division, said “I congratulate Huawei for such an initiative to endorse the talented students who are the future leaders who will help our country with their new ideas and ICT solutions in building a better digital Bangladesh. I believe such competition aiming at Bangladeshi students will obviously help them gain practical knowledge on latest ICT technologies as well as enhance our country image globally.”

Ma Mingqiang, HE Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh, said “As you may know, Huawei is a leading global telecom and ICT solution provider originating from China. Today’s program might be a pioneering effort organised by Huawei, but I would like to say that this is the foundation. Bringing new technology and encouraging knowledge exchange is the most rewarding way to build a long-term relationship. So, I strongly believe through this initiative, Huawei can support Bangladesh government to develop local ICT talents.

Since inception, the program has been implemented in 67 countries and regions across five continents, benefiting over 15,000 students from 150 universities. More than 1,700 university students from around the world have taken a study trip to the Huawei headquarters, including more than 800 visitors in 2015. The program was first launched in Bangladesh in 2014, and has already proven a resounding success.