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The eight Rwandese ICT students who have been on a three-week technological study trip in China under the Huawei “Seeds for the Future” Programme 2019 have expressed happiness at the opportunity to learn the latest technological trends and the Chinese Language.
The students whose ICT related proposals were chosen as the best from the 37 presented by students from the Public Universities in Rwanda, were recently flagged off by the Minister of ICT and Innovation Hon. Paula Ingabire for hands-on ICT training in China under Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program.
They include Willy Nsabiyumva and Regine Ayinkamiye from Kigali Independent University, Iradukunda Karangwa Prosper from UNILAK, Innocent Nzimenyera, Tuyishime Honorine and Daniel Ndamukunda from University of Rwanda, Bonheur Umuhoza from INES RUHENGERI and Umutoni Solange from UTB.
While in Beijing, they made a city tour at the Chairman Mao square, Forbidden City, the Chinese Great Wall and the Beijing Olympics Stadium. Huawei also arranged culture and language training for a week for at the Beijing Language and Culture University’s School of Continuing Education for the Rwanda students. The students are also being exposed to the Chinese painting and Culture and a test was administered after the one week and certificates credited to the successful ones.
When some of the Students who took part in this program where asked their experience of the training program they had this to say;
Willy Nsabiyumva, studying Computer Science at Kigali Independent University says that, “The story of Huawei & China demonstrate that educated minds, developed abilities and the dedication unto growing talents yields to un-imaginable results and Impact.”
Iradukunda Karangwa Prosper, studying at UNILAK says that, “Beijing stay was amazing and exciting, we have been able to visit different touristic places where we have leant a lot about Chinese culture and history and also I enjoyed language training as I acquired skills that can help to express myself in Chinese language. In Shenzhen, Technological training here is a very interesting and an opportunity to get knowledge and skills on the trending latest technology like 5G, AI, IoT and cloudy computing which is ready to lead the world and these will help me to explore the untapped potential in my country.”
BonhuerUmuhoza of INSTITUT D’ENSEIGNEMENT SUPÉRIEUR DE RUHENGERI says that, “What we really need to be open to, is diversity itself, especially in a business environment. I believe no amount of business school training or work experience can teach what is ultimately of personal character. You want people with different life experience, people with different work experience, people from different cultures to bring something to the table that you otherwise based on your own coming up, this is what brought Shenzhen where Huawei is located into life.”
Regine Ayinkamiye of Kigali Independent University a Student of Software Engineering from Makerere University urges her peers back home to learn other foreign languages in addition to their professional courses in order to compete favourably in the global world. She says, “There are many businesses and employment places in Rwanda owned by the Chinese but since most people cannot communicate in the Chinese language, they are failing to benefit from these business for example like getting employment.” As for me I have learnt some elementary Chinese and I can now go and buy something in a super market here in Beijing because I even know how to count the money. When I return home, I will ensure that I continue teaching myself using the internet” she added.
The Shenzhen Technological Chinese Lecturer Mr. Jack Ren lauded the Rwandese students for their exceptional discipline and inquisitiveness to learn new technologies while in class.
While in Shenzhen, the students also visited the Shenzhen Museum that tells a story of how the great economic zone city was built for only 38 years from just a small fishing village. The students also were exposed to a comprehensive technological training that includes; telecommunications, cloud solutions, industry trend of 5G, Huawei exhibition hall visits and presentations, How to construct base stations and verifying 4G and 5G platforms.
The Rwandese students returned successfully to Rwanda on Saturday 30th November 2019.
Allan Kyobe, the Public Relations Officer Huawei Technologies (Rwanda) Co. Ltd, who accompanied the students to China, urged them to effectively utilize their time in China, take advantage of the ICT expertise and experience and ensure knowledge transfer to their Universities.
This is the second group of students to visit China under the Huawei’s “Seeds for the Future” global Corporate Social Responsibility flagship program, which has so far benefitted eight Rwandan Students in 2018 since it was announced to H.E Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda
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