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Monday, December 10, 2018

Huawei trains 30 ICT Lecturers & Network Engineers from top Zambian Universities - mwebantu.com

Huawei in line with its commitment to the Zambian community and its determination to continue with its consistent corporate responsibility work’s and support ICT Talent development in Zambia, has trained 30 ICT Lecturers from top Zambian universities as well as Network Engineers from Smart Zambia Institute as instructors and engineers in Networking (Routing and Switching).

As a leading global provider of information and communications technology ( ICT ) infrastructure and smart devices we held the first of its kind and a high magnitude training in ICT at the state of the art ICT Center of Excellence building in Ndola (Zambia ICT College). The group was trained by an expert instructor from Huawei.

The vigorous training was in basics of networking to the advanced levels of networking.  The trained tackled both theoretical aspects and intense practical during labs.  Huawei is optimistic that the trained instructors and engineers will be fully equipped to carry out their duties efficiently.

The lecturers underwent a solid Instructor training program to equip them for the Huawei ICT Academy program to be run at various Zambian universities partnering with Huawei namely University of Zambia, Copperbelt University, ZCAS University, Mulugushi University, Zambia ICT College and Northrise University. This is a real demonstration of Huawei’s contribution and support to Zambia in ICT Talent development.

The program will subsequent see the training of over 1000 students in various ICT related fields such as networking, security and cloud computing. Upon completion, the long term program was launched in Lusaka with a Huawei ICT competition for universities and colleges in Southern Africa.

So far, over 1, 000 Students from over 9 tertiary Institutions have registered for the competition and will be certified and awarded with certificates of competence.  Company Vice President for the Enterprise Business Group in Southern Africa, Michael Meng says he is hopeful that more than 30 Institutions will register for the program next year and over 20 thousand students are expected to be trained through the program in the next five years.

And recently Government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications Permanent Secretary Engineer Misheck Lungu at the Zambia ICT Talents Development Summit and Huawei ICT Competition Launch Ceremony in Lusaka called on the Zambia information Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) to ensure that the Universal Access Fund is used to develop research in the ICT sector.

Mr. Lungu advised young people to spend time creating innovative ideas that can create jobs for others in the country and promised those participating in the competition that those that emerge the best may have a job secured for them.
And Smart Zambia Coordinator Dr. Martine Mtonga says Zambia and Huawei will work together towards enhancing student capabilities and obtain more job opportunities and creating a platform for students and teachers to share knowledge among other things.

ICT Association of Zambia President, Alick Siankumo notes that the development will enhance the progressive framework for the ICT industry in Zambia.  According to Zambia’s 7th Five-Year Development Plan, ICT has been identified as an important catalyst for socio-economic development and a driving force for good governance. In order to fulfill this mandate, Zambia needed to create a national program to train ICT talent. The Zambia government expects that the expansion of educational opportunities for ICT managers and technicians will increase the employment rate and lower the costs of operation for Zambian ICT enterprises.

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