huaweiHuawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, closed a two-month internship program for 28 students under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Makerere University last year. In 2012, twelve students completed their internship at Huawei with 2 being retained to work with the company.

The 2013 group was from various Universities including Kyambogo, Busitema and Ndejje University, and of course Makerere University. During the internship, students attained professional training about the latest ICT technologies, contacted research in Uganda’s telecommunication market. The students were attached to departments including Technical Service Department (i.e. Applications and Software, Datacom, Frequency, Core Networks, Procurement and Supply Chain Management), Human Resource and Administration, Finance and Public Relations. Two of the interns are in the process of being employed by Huawei after the internship.

At the internship certification ceremony, a final presentation was made by all of the interns themed at “Telecommunication in My Eyes”, and Huawei Managing Director, Mr. Radoslaw Kedzia expressed his congratulations to all the students that completed their whole internship. He said that Huawei will continuously fulfill the commitment made to develop local talents with hopes of taking more interns in the future.  Mr. Kedzia expressed the need for the Ministry of Information Technology, the Ministry of Education and the Private Sector to join forces in advancing the quality of knowledge transfer amongst local talents.

The Uganda program comes after a successful  collaboration in Kenya which Huawei singed over three years ago with three local universities namely the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology and Agriculture (JKUAT) and Moi University. Approximately 10 students have been employed with over 300 receiving training with Huawei in Kenya.