Eight Rwandan students have been selected to participate in “Seeds for the Future” programme, a competition that brings together students to design Information and Communication Technology-related solutions.
The competition is organised by Huawei, a Chinese solutions provider. It is the first time the firm is holding such a programme in Rwanda.
The students selected are from INES Ruhengeri, University of Rwanda, University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB), and Kigali Independent University (ULK). They were selected from a competitive process that attracted over 50 students from many universities in Rwanda.
Organisers say the students will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, LTE, and cloud computing, and offer them opportunities for hands-on practice in Huawei’s most advanced labs.
“This means that they will travel to China on 28th October 2018 to study and experience what Huawei has been doing, and at the same time have an opportunity to visit other areas of technology and business in China,” Lina Cao, the lead organiser of the competition in Rwanda, said.
In this programme, which is the largest ICT programme run by Huawei, Lina, says they are focusing on the local ICT talent development.
The students were given a challenge to submit proposals addressing specific challenges in agriculture, education, business, health, and transportation sectors in Rwanda.
“What we did was to ask the contestants to submit their proposals indicating how ICT technology can help development of Rwanda in different areas of the economy. We received about 52 proposals,” Lina said.
Mrs Consolee Mbonimana, student in Computer Science at INES-Ruhengeri, is one of the selected participants. She submitted the proposal on “How can ICT help on the development of agriculture in Rwanda”.
According to Lina, the “Seeds for the Future” programme is implemented across the world to facilitate students to gain experience in ICT and latest technology trends and the global business environment. It is currently implemented in 96 countries worldwide, benefiting over 30,000 students.
According to Huawei, the programme seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of interest in the telecommunications sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.