Seeds for the Future: Everything you need to know about it
Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program is a part of Huawei’s Digital Talent Development Ecosystem which started back in 2008 in Thailand and has spanned across 130 countries and regions and has benefitted over 9000 students ever since. It all began as Huawei’s flagship CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program targeted towards undergraduate level students from all ICT-related disciplines.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has shackled us all to our homes and even though things are better now, the Seeds for the Future program which used to be an offline affair, has adapted to the new normal i.e. it is online.
Seeds for Future in Nepal
Commencing its arrival in Nepal at a press meet held today at Patan Dhoka, the company officially inaugurated the Seeds for the Future program in Nepal. As a result, this year 20 students will stand a chance to partake in this international program. These students will be chosen off on a competitive selection process. The selection committee members include pioneers of the Nepalese ICT department: Prof. Dr. Shashishar Ram Joshi, Prof. Dr. Subarna Shakya, and Prof. Timila Yami.
What does the program offer?
This is an 8-day program where students will get an interactive online experience and first-hand insights into the ICT industry in Nepal. During the tenure of the program, students will receive entry-level and advanced courses on key technologies, including 5G, cloud computing, and AI. They will get to experience China through virtual tours; hear from experts who will share perspectives on a wide range of topics from cybersecurity to the aerospace industry.
As it is an international program, students will get an interactive and dynamic classroom that allows for cross-cultural exchanges with fellows from other countries; participate in the “Tech4Good” group project, and get a glimpse at Huawei’s history and technological developments.
Apart from that, the students will also get a first-hand insight into the ICT industry in Nepal via a visit to the Huawei Nepal office where they will learn about Huawei’s experience in the ICT industry in Nepal; classes from industry experts.
Apart from the online learning, an overnight trip to a Huawei-built base station at a scenic location is to be held in December.
After the completion
After completion of the program, students will join the alumni community where exclusive webinars, round table dialogue, celebration events, etc. will be held all year round to strengthen the sense of belonging.
Who is it for and who is eligible to apply?
The program is crafted especially for undergraduate students from any ICT discipline with a strong academic background (a GPA of 3.0 and above preferably).
How to Apply?
Interested students can directly apply to the program by logging on to www.seedsnepal.com. They will need to upload their latest transcript or recommendation letter from their institution and a 600-word motivation letter — an SOP of sorts. The selection committee will then shortlist the candidates. Out of the shortlisted candidates, the selection committee will then have an interview that will decide the final 20 who will be deemed to be a part of the program.
As the participation, as well as the program itself, is online, Seeds for the Future encourages ICT students from all over Nepal to apply for the program. The submissions have begun as of today and the deadline to apply for the program is November 7th i.e. one month from now.
Wrapping up the meet, the members of the selection committee conveyed their support and good wishes for the program, with a promise to extend their support to make this program a success.
CEO of Huawei Technologies Nepal Pvt. Ltd., William Zhang ended the program with his closing remarks. Hoping for the enthusiastic participation of the Nepalese students, he said, “As part of our Digital Talent Development ecosystem, we have a goal of developing 10,000 ICT talents in the next 5 years in Nepal. Digital talents are the foundation of digital development. We hope to launch other programs for the development of digital talents in Nepal in the coming year”.
As for Huawei’s work in Nepal, he said, “Huawei hopes to help Nepal build the foundation for the Nepalese digital economy by partnering with all ICT stakeholders, through broadband connectivity, data centers, cloud and computing, and other latest technologies. We have been in Nepal for 21 years. With our telecom, enterprise, and public cloud service and solutions, Huawei is assisting the government, the public sector private businesses, and all industry domains in their digital transformation. Huawei is “In Nepal, For Nepal.” With programs like Seeds for the Future, Huawei will continue to fulfill our responsibility as a corporate citizen.”