Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:33

Huawei selects Aussie ICT students for Seeds for Future program Featured


Huawei Australia and the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) have selected 10 students from Australian universities to participate in Huawei’s global undergraduate program, Seeds for the Future.

The students selected are from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Curtin University, University of South Australia, University of Technology Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and Australian National University, and will represent Australia in the global program, which involves a visit to China and attendance at various Huawei facilities in China.

The students were in Melbourne today for a pre-trip briefing by former Victorian premier, John Brumby, now a Huawei Australia Board Member, and ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh.

Under the criteria for selection, the students have achieved tertiary rankings which place them in the top 5% of the nation when entering their bachelors’ degrees.

Huawei says that, in addition to academic merit, successful candidates also displayed genuine interest in the ICT industry, and a willingness to share their knowledge and experience with others.

The selected Students will be given first-hand learning opportunities through interactions with Huawei staff and visits to Huawei laboratories where they will witness live demonstrations of advanced communications technologies.

They will also travel to Huawei’s HQ in Shenzhen to gain a better understanding of emerging technologies, learn about products and solutions, experience life on campus and visit Huawei’s Exhibition Centres, Logistics Centre and R&D labs. And, they will travel to Beijing where they will spend one week at the Beijing Language and Cultural University.

The Huawei Seeds for the Future Undergraduate Program is a global initiative which has been successfully operating in the UK, France, UAE, Italy and Spain since 2008, and to date thousands of students have participated in the program from 35 countries and more than 100 universities.

Earlier this year, ATN and Huawei Australia announced a 3-year partnership to identify 30 students from ATN’s member network - RMIT, UTS, Curtin, USA, and QUT.

ATN executive director, Renee Hindmarsh said, “The ATN’s aim is to help secure Australia’s reputation as a clever country and contribute to its social and economic wealth.”

“China plays an important role in this mission with 1 in 4 international students choosing to study at an ATN university.”

The selected Australian students are:

•    Victoria: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

- Jesse Bartlett studying Bachelor of Software Engineering
- Andrew Lau studying Bachelor of Computer and Network Engineering (Honours)

•    South Australia: University of South Australia

- Jerome De Vera studying Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)
- Cameron Arthur studying Bachelor of Information Technology(Networking and Cyber security)

•    QLD: Queensland University of Technology

- Lachlan Gepp studying Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Mathematics
- Leon Pearce studying Bachelor of Information Technology

•    NSW: University of Technology Sydney

- Andy Go studying Bachelor of Engineering (ICT), Diploma in Engineering Practice and Bachelor of Medical Science
- James Mangos studying Bachelor of Engineering (ICT), Diploma in Engineering Practice

•    Western Australia: Curtin University

- Troy Burgess studying Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering), Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
- Jason Brown studying Bachelor of Computer Science

•    ACT: Australian National University

- Vincent Au studying Bachelor of Advanced Computing, Bachelor of Asia-Pacific
- Jack Henderson studying Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) Bachelor of Information Technology
- Dmitry Brizhinev studying Bachelor of Advanced Computing (R&D)


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