In collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, Huawei Technologies held the launching ceremony of HEC-Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2017 at the Commission Secretariat on Wednesday.
Mr. You Yi, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of China in Pakistan was chief guest on the occasion.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. G. Raza Bhatti, Acting Executive Director HEC, Mr. Chilin Chun, CEO, Huawei, Pakistan, Mr. Space Lee, Vice President, Huawei, Middle East Public Relations Department, Mr. David, Director, Training and Certification, Huawei, Middle East and a large number of Vice Chancellors, ICT professionals and students were also present.
Describing the background of HEC-Huawei strategic partnership, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said the bilateral collaboration that started in 2006 helped Pakistan have its own ICT setup. “Now we have one of the best ICT infrastructures of the region,” he affirmed.
He said HEC has been working with different partners from around the world in order to provide a good learning environment to Pakistani students.
“Huawei is a tested HEC partner, as it has taken different ICT initiatives jointly with HEC including establishment of Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), ICT R&D Centre and Cloud Data Centre”, he said, adding that under the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme, Pakistani students will now have made-in-Pakistan laptops thanks to Huawei’s cooperation.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that Huawei, as per Memorandum of Understanding signed with HEC, will also provide training to Pakistani youth on the advent of any new technology.
Underlining the importance of Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2017, the Chairman informed that as many as 2,300 Pakistani students from 30 universities participated in the Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2016.
Representatives of 30 Chinese business institutions will attend the Business Schools Consortium to be held in the August-end. They will deliberate future collaboration for promotion of business education, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. You Yi appreciated the HEC-Huawei collaboration and remarked that China and Pakistan have a long history of educational exchange which has a very vital role in the improvement of bilateral relations. As many as 145 Pakistani students have been awarded Chinese scholarships this year, he informed.
He said that Government education delegations visit the two countries from time to time to discuss areas of collaboration.
He revealed that Chinese institutions established in various cities of Pakistan are not only promoting technologies, but are also very helpful in teaching Chinese language and conducting capacity building courses for the country’s youth.
These youth will make great contributions to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he hoped.
The Cultural Counsellor revealed that technological advancement has brought the world into an information era, lessening physical distances among human beings.
Amid this development Huawei has played a significant role in changing the world through promotion of ICT skills among youth. He observed that Pakistan has a great potential in ICT development and competitions like the Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2017 will help tapping the talent of Pakistani students.
In his remarks, Mr. Space Lee stressed that Huawei stands side by side with HEC in promotion of ICT in Pakistan. He said technological readiness is very imperative for people-to-people contacts, as technology is reshaping the world.
He said Huawei will welcome all the students intending to compete in the Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2017. Mr. David, Director, Training and Certification, Huawei, Middle East, and Mr. Osama Khalid, one of students who won Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2016, also expressed their views on the occasion.