Telecoms giant Huawei has welcomed Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment at the UK Government’s Department for International Trade, to its headquarters in Shenzhen, southern China. Speaking at the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Huawei UK ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme, which hosts some of the UK’s brightest technology and science undergraduates in China for a month, the Minister described the venture as “exactly the sort of initiative that we want to encourage”.
Hosted by Ms Chen Lifang, Director of the Board and Senior Vice-President for Huawei Group, the minister also held meetings with senior Huawei executives, and toured the company campus.
Huawei’s flagship corporate responsibility programme, ‘Seeds for the Future’ seeks to develop ICT talent, enhance shared knowledge and improve the skills and opportunities of talented STEM undergraduates globally. Selected UK students are given the unique experience of a four week visit to China to receive training on the latest ICT innovations in Shenzhen, as well as experience a programme of cultural visits and activities in Beijing.
Promoting STEM skills
Stuart commented: “To maintain the UK’s position as the most innovative country in Europe we need to promote STEM skills. It is therefore fantastic to see Huawei, as one the most innovative companies in the world, supporting innovation in the UK. Seeds for the Future is exactly the sort of initiative that we want to encourage, supporting young people in the UK studying STEM subjects, as well as developing their understanding of China. I encourage UK companies, UK entrepreneurs and UK students to visit China to build mutual understanding of our respective cultures and economies.”
Over the past five years, over 200 UK STEM undergraduates from universities across the UK have taken part in Seeds for the Future. By 2020, the programme will have sent another 100 UK undergraduates to China, contributing to the British Council Generation UK – China initiative. This year, Huawei is pleased to have achieved gender parity among the students selected and sent to China.
Chen Lifang, Director of the Board and Senior Vice-President, Huawei Group, commented: “As a global technology business, we believe in encouraging bright young people to pursue STEM careers. The young people on our programme are potential future leaders of our industry, and it is vital that we play our part in inspiring them. Huawei’s vision is to bring digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. Our Seeds for the Future programme has a role to play in helping to achieve this, helping to make the world a better place, by fully connecting everything and everyone.”