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UTech, Ja. Students Awarded Huawei “Seeds for The Future” Scholarships to Visit China

University of Technology | 2018-10-12 14:31:00

Five outstanding University of Technology, Jamaica students were presented with the prestigious Huawei Technologies Limited “Seeds for the Future 2018” Scholarship Award at a presentation ceremony and send-off farewell held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The “Seeds for the Future” two week programme in China comprises the two main components of Cultural Experience and ICT Training. 

The UTech, Jamaica students are 3rd year School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) high achievers, Ms. Juleen Gentles, Mr. Taslan Graham, Mr. Hushane Esson, Ms. Kasjshae Quimwarrwye and 4th year electrical engineering student Mr. Oswin Wilson. They join five students from the University of the West Indies, Mona who were also selected. The Jamaican students will join other Caribbean university students from Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana to participate in Huawei’s flagship international corporate social responsibility programme (October – November 2018).

During the programme, the “Seeds for the Future” scholarship awardees will visit the city of Beijing, China for immersion into Chinese culture and will have the opportunity to learn about its traditions and language.  The students will also visit the most iconic tourist attractions of the city such as the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and the Olympic Stadium. During the second week, the students will participate in an intense ICT training at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen to learn about the latest advances in ICT through the company’s experts.

Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information was guest speaker at the celebratory occasion.  In his advice to students the Minister encouraged the bright, young Jamaicans “to embrace this opportunity of a lifetime, learn as much as you can, as fast as you can.” He told the students that “Jamaica is waiting for you to come back with a wealth of knowledge to help improve our ICT sector.”

Professor Colin Gyles, Deputy President, UTech, Jamaica in his remarks thanked Huawei Technologies for the company’s contribution to the international education of students through the Huawei Seeds for the Future Program.  He congratulated all the students from both universities who met the criteria for selection for the Hauwei Seeds of the Future Program, noting that all 5 UTech, Jamaica students earned Grade Point Averages (GPA) of over 3.0  and all received high commendations from the selection panel for their appropriate “attitude”, their “innovative ideas”, “thinking outside the box, ” “good research related to the work of Huawei Technologies,” and for their “interest in making changes in ICT development.” 

Country Manager, Huawei Jamaica, Mr. Allen Chen in his address said that through this programme, “we are offering to our Jamaican young students the opportunity to enhance their ability to adapt to the ICT industry as they learn more about the state-of-the-art technologies and skills as well as the innovation needs for the local market.”  He added that “by acquiring these skills, students are able to gain confidence which can help them to excel in their careers.”

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