A project by the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, to equip students in Cameroon’s universities, colleges, and other professional training institutions with Information and Communication Technology, ICT skills, has been hailed as a big contribution to the country’s drive towards total digital transformation. The project is run by Huawei ICT Academy which is a worldwide not-for-profit program that authorizes educational institutions to offer globally accepted industry-standard Huawei Certification training courses.
Cameroon’s government has described the project which kicked off in the country in 2018 as a strategic partnership that is opening up students of the higher education sector to ICT opportunities across the world.
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Huawei’s quality courses helping in ICT development in Cameroon
“Huawei has provided quality courses that help in ICT skills development, and develop E-learning platforms. The first results are indicative that the Huawei ICT Academy will greatly help us. We congratulate the dynamic team of the Academy on all they have been doing and we thank the visionary leadership of Huawei Company for the project,” Professor Marcel Fouda, Inspector General in charge of Academic Affairs at Cameroon’s Higher Education Ministry said during a videoconference on 25 June to present the 2020 semi-annual report of the project.
Professor Fouda, hailing the initiative on behalf of the government, said: “Huawei has put at the disposal of universities more ICT tools for distance learning, and the program allows our students to practice what they learn in ICT.”
Huawei Cameroon’s General Manager, Du Yin, presented a synoptic picture of the project’s achievements in only two years and made some projections into the future. “More than 1,000 students have participated in the training and dozens of teachers have passed the certificates of Huawei ICT Academy which enable them to teach students by themselves in the classrooms,” Du Yin stated. Specifically, he said 120 teachers had been trained, with four colleges and universities have already implemented Huawei Certification courses.
Du Yin also talked about the maiden edition of the Huawei ICT Competition in Cameroon which was won by students of the University of Douala – the economic capital. He said the students will travel to China in the weeks ahead to represent Cameroon at the African Regional final of the Huawei ICT Competition.
Huawei’s other activities in Cameroon
Apart from assisting in the process of ICT development in Cameroon through the Huawei ICT Academy, the company is also involved in other areas of tech development in the country. Huawei has an existing partnership with Cameroon Telecommunications, CAMTEL, a state-owned telecoms company, to help in the building and maintenance of broadband services and infrastructure to enhance, among other things, high-speed internet in the central African nation.
The company is also involved in the construction of other telecommunications infrastructure in Cameroon within the framework of a strategic ICT partnership agreement signed between the government of Cameroon and the company in the Chinese capital, Beijing, in September 2018.
In February, Cameroon’s Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute received Huawei Cameroon boss in an audience during which they reviewed the level of implementation of projects spelled out in the strategic partnership agreement, nearly two years down the road.
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