Envisioning fully connected, intelligent world

James Kon

“It is our vision and mission to connect everyone in the digital world, be it at home or work for a fully connected, intelligent world,” said Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies (B) Sdn Bhd Zhang Jian Wei in his welcoming remarks during the opening ceremony of ‘Seeds for the Future 2021’ co hosted by Huawei Technologies (B) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

He added, “Since 2003, Huawei has been collaborating with Brunei operators, supporting the foundation of network designs which includes 3G/4G Mobile Networks and Fixed Network FTTH. By improving the digital infrastructure in the country, local operators can provide basic communication needs and convenience to the community in Brunei.”

Zhang said, “The COVID-19 pandemic struck Brunei and caused major threats to the network. With the cooperation between Huawei and United National Networks (UNN), the digital infrastructure service in the Sultanate was upgraded to continuously providing better services and enhancing user experiences.

“Today, ICT infrastructures and networks are vital to the prosperity and competitiveness of countries for industries such as electricity and transportation. Over the years, Huawei has led industry development with its cutting-edge technologies while investing heavily into cultivating ICT professionals.

“Alongside its partners, Huawei is dedicated to promoting communication technologies and knowledge, developing ICT talents, and increasing access to better quality education.”

The ICT industry, he added “is growing rapidly, resulting in significantly changed business models and customer needs. As a result, a large number of technical talents are needed to address the challenges posed by this transformation”.

“Seeds for the Future”, Zhang said, “is Huawei’s flagship corporate social responsibility programme. This programme seeks to inspire local talent, enhance knowledge sharing, promote a greater understanding and interest in the ICT sector, and encourage participation in the digital community. It also encourages countries across different regions to participate in the construction of digital communities.”

Participants during the opening ceremony of Seeds for the Future 2021. PHOTO: HUAWEI BRUNEI

Huawei launched the first Seeds for the Future programme in 2008 in Thailand to help local ICT professionals fill gaps between theory and practice, and master the required skills. The programme has been implemented in 103 countries and international organisation worldwide, benefitting over 9,000 students from more than 500 universities. Over 5,770 university students have taken a study trip to Huawei headquarters.

The programme was launched in Brunei in 2015, participated by some 70 students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), UTB and other educational institution.

This year, 42 more students from different majors and institutions including UBD, UTB, Politeknik Brunei, Institute of Brunei Technical Education and Micronet International College participate in the programme.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong said, “China’s digital economy leads the world in terms of industry scale and technology level, which has become a major force in driving the development of the world’s digital economy.”

China, she added “has taken the initiative to participate in the construction and improvement of international digital economy rules through bilateral and multilateral trading systems. China puts forward the Global Initiative on Data Security last year, and is fully committed to fostering an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for digital development”.

Huawei Brunei contributed to Brunei’s 3G and 4G Internet construction, and explored the cooperation in 5G actively.

EVYD Technology contributed to Brunei Government’s efforts to set up an AI data-based pandamic reponse platform and the BruHealth app which functioned outstandingly in Brunei’s fight against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the WeCare e-commerce platform, developed by the Chinese company in Brunei, has been providing a safe and convenient shopping channel for the people.

The digital economy has become a new highlight of China-Brunei cooperation.

This year’s Huawei’s HQ has added new topics in the programme including China live-streaming culture; China social media; Huawei leadership approach; Uber model across Asian markets; ‘Tech4Good’ group work – multicultural learning environment; creativity and innovation; interactive and dynamic classroom; Huawei exhibition hall live visit; live Chinese cultural sightseeing; tailored pre-recorded visit; and live question-and-answer with fast-growing companies.

The eight-day virtual programme is hoped to garner invaluable experience for the participating students particularly on cultural experience and current ICT knowledge which may contribute to preparing the students to be market-ready.

The event was officiated by guest of honour Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman.

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education; vice-chancellors; deputy secretaries; government senior officials, company CEOs, lecturers and students of the participating institutions were also present.