The ‘Seeds for the Future’ program is a competition organized by Huawei and rewards the most innovative technology projects designed to solve particular problems in society.
In November 2019, eight Rwandan students who presented remarkable projects during the competition were rewarded and Huawei Chief Executive Officer, Ren Zhengfei announced they would travel to China on November 15, 2019.
Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation briefed them before they left for China where they were welcomed by James Kimonyo, Ambassador of Rwanda to China.
In Beijing, they visited the Chinese Great Wall, Mao City named after Mao Zedong, the founding father of the Republic of China as well as the Beijing Olympics Stadium.
Huawei also organized a one-week training about the Chinese language and culture which was held at the Beijing Language and Culture University. They learned to write Mandarin Chinese and were given an examination and certificates.
The students learned about 5G advanced technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) which enables computing devices to send and receive data via the internet as well as cloud computing. They returned back to Rwanda on November 30th, 2019.
Nsabiyumva Willy who is pursuing a Computer Science degree at the Kigali Independent University (ULK) said that what he learned in China proves that people have the potential to achieve great things when their talents are nurtured.
“The story of Huawei shows that when people learn and are given the capacity to implement what they learned and to use their talents, the results are beyond what can normally be expected.”
Iradukunda Karangwa Prosper who studies at the Adventist University of Central Africa said that what he learned at Shenzhen Technology University showed him there were so many opportunities to explore in Rwanda.
“Shenzhen really stroke my interest and I had the chance to learn about the 5G advanced technology, AI, IoT and cloud computing and that will allow me to explore the opportunities that are available in my home country, Rwanda.”
This is the second cohort to visit China as part of the ‘Seeds of the Future’ program. The first cohort went to China in 2018 when the program was introduced and inaugurated by President Paul Kagame.
Rwanda signed agreements with Huawei on March 16th, 2017 where they will be partnering in education and technology projects after talks President Paul Kagame had with Sun Yafang, the Chairwoman of Huawei.
Through the partnership, Huawei supports talented students who are pursuing technology studies in Rwanda. It will also build a data center and smart grid networks in Rwanda.