Huawei NZ recognises the 2019 graduates of their sixth-annual Seeds for the Future scholarship, after sending 20 keen Kiwi IT undergraduate students to China on a two-week experience programme.
Selected from 97 applicants, five students each from the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, four students from Massey University and six students from Victoria University, graduated from the Seeds for the Future programme armed with valuable knowledge on China’s technology industry.
The fully funded trip aims to provide more than just immersive experience into the lives of those working at one of the world’s leading technology companies, but to provide a broader understanding of international companies.
During the two-week immersive experience, students spend a week in Beijing gaining mandarin language training and visiting The Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China.
The second week takes places at Huawei’s Headquarters in Shenzhen and campus in Dongguan. During this week students learn about international business culture alongside a deeper understanding of Huawei’s products and solutions.
Andrew Bowater, Huawei NZ Deputy Managing Director, says Seeds for the Future is a global initiative that allows students to see Huawei’s operation and help that inform their career decisions.
“Our programme gives undergraduates the opportunity to meet the professionals leading their fields and question them first-hand on why they do what they do. This programme is highly immersive, really allowing students to understand how businesses outside of New Zealand collaborate and share expertise when it comes to the IT industry.
“We aim to provide a vital link between classroom learning and the type of real-world situations students will face once they enter the workforce, both challenging and inspiring students who are considering a future in technology.
“It’s not just about going to HQ and seeing the work we do at Huawei. It’s also about understanding Chinese culture and a different way of life, which is why half of the experience is spent at Beijing Language and Cultural University and visiting China’s sacred monuments,” Bowater said.
The Head of External Relations and Development for the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology, Dr Stephen Thorpe says it is an unprecedented opportunity for the students.
“The students are so lucky to be exposed to the day to day operations at one of the largest technology companies in the world. This is an opportunity that will transform the global perspective and the lives of each of the students as they see the scope of innovative technology being developed. What the students will get to learn in that week at the Huawei HQ will inspire them throughout their future career in this incredibly fast-moving industry.”
“Programmes like this provide a significant link between classroom learning and that in industry and align with the School’s strategic theme of the connected university by engaging students in real-world experiences that both inspire and challenge their thinking about the future of technology.”
He says AUT is lucky to have a positive relationship with Huawei as they go through come challenging times internationally.
“This relationship demonstrates the importance AUT places on our students getting real-world insights and experience. It shows how universities and big tech companies have the power to drive global growth and to create educational opportunities.”