Huawei partners with Kenyan university to launch ICT teaching lab to bridge the digital divide.

Huawei Kenya has partnered with the University of Nairobi (UoN) to launch a fully-fledged Information Technology teaching laboratory as part of a collaborative effort to bridge the digital divide. The Huawei Authorized Network Academy (HAINA) Labs are a non- profit programme designed to build the skills that are required to practical skills for students undertaking Computer Science and related studies.

Huawei Kenya CEO Dean Yu described the HAINA solution as a global ICT technology education program launched by Huawei. The solution, he said, has adopted the popular university-enterprise cooperation model and features co-operation with universities in different countries in course development, training and certification. Based on Huawei’s advanced technologies in the ICT area and leading market position, the solution Mr. Dean Yu said, helps promote the development of ICT technical workforce and ICT technology.

“With the advancement of economic globalization and the intense competition for high-quality professionals, governments have increased investments in education sector. The in-depth cooperation between sector industries such as Huawei and universities is an innovative model of talent development, helping cultivate more ICT professionals and form an ICT talent pool thanks to the HAINA solution,” He said.

Courses covered under the HAINA solution include popular ICT technology subjects, including Internet Protocol, wireless, transport network, and cloud computing.

“This partnership will bring on board expertise in ICT and related technology. Huawei Technologies, an industry leader, is committed to impart relevant employability skills to the youth who enroll to the programme. The university will provide the necessary resources to see to it that our students get the most out of the programme and in turn change the entire scope of the ICT Industry in terms of application of the skills gained, said Prof. Mbithi.

Through the HAINA solution, students at the University of Nairobi will acquire cutting-edge knowledge of ICT technology, master relevant skills, and improve their individual capabilities through elaborate hands on practical training experiences. Students going through the HAINA labs will also obtain ICT career certification to increase their employability.


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