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QF’s HBKU, Huawei to collaborate on research and ICT skills development

QF’s HBKU, Huawei to collaborate on research and ICT skills development

Tribune News Network
Doha
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei, the leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, to strengthen research collaboration, knowledge exchange, internship and funding. The MoU comes as part of a broader ongoing QF collaboration with Huawei.
The MoU was signed by HBKU President Dr Ahmad M Hasnah and Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies LLC Fan Tao in the presence of senior officials at the HBKU Headquarters.
The MoU promotes joint cooperation on student engagement and internship opportunities through Huawei Qatar’s Talent Enabling Programme, which includes the ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme and the ICT Skills Competition, where graduate students at the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at HBKU have excelled at recent editions.
Huawei will be providing a summer ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme with spaces reserved for HBKU students. In particular, the entities will work together to promote the Huawei ICT Academy launched at HBKU. The academy will provide quality courses and support services for universities and colleges in Qatar to establish and optimise ICT disciplines and build standard labs.
The MoU paves the way for knowledge exchange with HBKU experts set to visit Huawei and related R&D institutes in China once a year to explore joint digitalisation research and development opportunities with a special focus on artificial intelligence and 5G networks. They will also collaborate to conduct courses on the newest technologies and arrange annual technology communication events.
Dr Hasnah said, “This new chapter in our ongoing partnership with Huawei will create even more opportunities for academia and industry to join hands to support the country’s vital ICT sector. In turn, through knowledge exchange, research collaboration and other synergies, HBKU can continue to offer an innovative teaching and research environment that nurtures top-tier students to excel as future leaders, using cutting-edge technologies to solve pressing societal challenges facing Qatar, the region and globally.”
Tao said, “Emerging technologies have become crucial for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry as well as the national economies wholescale digital transformation. However, the ICT industry’s rapid growth is facing an undeniable challenge: a shortage of ICT talent. Huawei advocates for an open, shared, ICT talent ecosystem that benefits all parties.
“It is a great pleasure partnering with HBKU and to work hand-in-hand with Qatar ICT talents to further develop their skills and knowledge.”

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