Leading multinational telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer, Huawei donated ICT equipment worth US$98 313.90 to the University of Zimbabwe to equip the institution in offering the latest training in information and communication technology.
Speaking at the handover ceremony yesterday Huawei Zimbabwe Managing Director Hao Wen said his company was committed to enhancing technical skills training to students.
“As a result of this commitment, we will, today, hand over the ICT equipment to the University of Zimbabwe. This laboratory equipment will enable the University of Zimbabwe to offer the latest technical training to students and professionals in the industry. We hope they could help develop local ICT talent and boost ICT industry development of Zimbabwe,” he said.
“As part of our ongoing investment, Huawei has created over 20,000 jobs directly and indirectly. We would also like to continue to cooperate with Zimbabwean schools, universities and colleges to build capacity and enhance technical skills transfer to students,”.
ICT Minister Honorable Kazembe Kazembe said the handover will go a long way in enhancing professional skills in the sector.
“This will enhance professional skills and competency in ICT among ICT practitioners and science and technology and engineering students and graduates for the benefit of the country as we move towards an upper middle income economy by 2030,” he said.
Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Prof Amon Murwira highlighted that the equipment will allow students to develop their ICT skills.
The equipment was handed over to the university by Huawei Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited managing director Hao Wen to UZ acting vice chancellor Paul Mapfumo.
Acting vice chancellor Paul Mapfumo said UZ was looking forward to becoming a center of excellence following the donation of the equipment. He added that given the increasing importance of ICTs, Zimbabwe needed to strengthen its technological base in order to meet the demands of the 21st Century.