Huawei has partnered Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to run Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA) program for students at the University.
The HAINA initiative is a global ICT technology education program which authorizes universities and tertiary education organizations to deliver Huawei certification courses to their students. This is the first accreditation in Ghana with plans underway to spread to other universities.
The program adopts the increasingly popular university-enterprise cooperation model and includes training and industry certification in popular ICT technologies, such as WLAN, security, storage and cloud computing.
Through HAINA, IT students at KNUST will acquire knowledge of cutting-edge ICT technology and gain elaborate hands-on practical training experiences. At present, KNUST students going through this HAINA lab will be able to obtain their HCNA/P-Cloud Computing certification, thus helping to boost their ICT skills to increase their chances of employability. Additionally, HAINA-trained graduates will be given first priority for internships and employment opportunities at Huawei and its partner companies.
Huawei provides certification service by leveraging its years of experience in developing ICT talent. Huawei certification is created to match the career development life cycle of talents for the ICT industry, meeting the needs of various roles, from college students to workplace beginners, associates, professionals, and experts. Huawei certification covers 10 fields and 12 technical directions. It offers the only certification program of its kind in the industry that covers all ICT technical fields. The students will also benefit from knowledge of cutting edge technologies such as 4G, 5G, LTE, cloud computing and will be offered opportunities for hands on practice in Huawei’s most advanced labs.
“The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is proud to partner with a global leader like Huawei to bring about competitive ICT skills for our Engineering and Computer Science students. We look forward to facilitating a closer interaction between academia and industry to help strengthen and provide highly demanded human resources for the IT and telecom fields in the Country and the sub-region,” says Ing. Prof. Mark Adom-Asamoah, Provost of College of Engineering, KNUST.
Geoffrey Li, Director of the Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Ghana, said the company is committed to the continuous knowledge-sharing and development of the technical workforce for the sustainable growth of the ICT ecosystem in Ghana while bridging the gap between what is learnt in school and what is available and practical on the job market.
“As an international ICT innovator, Huawei actively works with partners on joint projects dedicated to up skilling educational environments and providing the youth with more opportunities to meet the ICT ecosystem’s long-term need for talent,” he added.
As part of the partnership with KNUST, Huawei took part in this year’s College of Engineering Awards by rewarding the Best Level 300 Female Telecom Engineering Student. The recipient of the Huawei Special Award was Ms. Deborah Tettehkie Amanor.
Ms. Amanor was presented with a brand new Huawei (Media Pad) M2 Tablet to assist her with her academic and social activities in school while keeping her connected. She also stands the chance of being part of the next badge of students who will be benefitting from the “Huawei Seeds for the Future” program in Ghana. She expressed her appreciation and thanked Huawei for the support.
Huawei’s support and contributions towards the University’s activities was also acknowledged as the College of Engineering presented the company with a special recognition award during the ceremony.
Huawei believes that education is the key to creating endless opportunities and limitless possiblities, and is thus dedicated to improving the education environment and allowing more young people to get education opportunities by leveraging the full potential of telecommunication technologies.