by GIFT NDOLWANE
JOHANNESBURG – NINETEEN South Africa senior university students have graduated in the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA) after a ceremony the technology company held with its channel partners on Friday.
Interview sessions were also held for the scholars from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) as well as the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
It was the second time in one year the graduation, held at the Huawei Innovation and Experience Centre in Sandton, was held.
Huawei presented HCNA-Router and Switch certificates to the HAINA-trained graduate.
Interviews were also hosted in collaboration with Huawei’s channel partners Altron, Reflex, Datacentrix and StorTech, for the students to receive first priority for internships and employment opportunities.
The HAINA initiative is a global ICT technology education programme that facilitates university-enterprise partnership.
The programme aims to lead ICT development, build the future of the ICT industry, and create a sound personnel ecosystem by providing ICT education worldwide.
The joint academy established with TUT in 2015, became the first HAINA installation in the Southern African region.
Maison Mei, Business Service Director of Huawei Enterprise South Africa, said the region was a vital area of growth for the HAINA programme.
“Huawei is committed in providing our global leading expertise in local ICT personnel cultivation, to help accelerate the development of educational tools and promote the development of the local ICT technical workforce. As such, we would like to congratulate the graduates on their momentous milestone,” Mei said.
Huawei is building an ICT talent ecosystem.
It is working with over 300 universities around the world to build Huawei ICT academies, and signed contracts with over 100 training partners.
Huawei’s ICT technical certification programme is the industry’s only certification that covers all technical fields.
Over 80 000 engineers have received this certification.
There are now over 5 000 Huawei Certified Internetwork Experts (HCIEs), the highest-level technical certification offered by Huawei.
In South Africa, Huawei is collaborating extensively with TUT, UJ and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to further Huawei certifications in support of a subsequent career in the ICT industry.
Huawei will hold higher education development summit forums and forge ICT personnel alliances to further drive the healthy, sustainable and efficient development of the ICT personnel ecosystem.