Huawei’s “Seeds for the Future” education program is returning to Canada.
In addition, the program will be expanding to work with three more Canadian universities, bringing the total to 10 participating engineering programs from across the country.
Seeds for the Future will provide 20 third-year engineering students with the opportunity to visit Beijing and work out of the company’s headquarters in China. Designed to help bridge the gap between school and work, the program aims to develop ICT talent in Canada, promote a greater understanding of the telecommunications sector and encourage participation in the international ICT community.
“Both the students and universities who participated in the program’s inaugural year felt it was a resounding success, so we’re extremely proud to not only bring ‘Seeds for the Future’ back for a second year, but to open it up to even more students,” said Sean Yang, President of Huawei Canada. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to nurture Canada’s great young minds and believe today’s announcement reflects our continued commitment to Canada’s ICT ecosystem.”
Applications are now open to third-year engineering students at Simon Fraser University, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary, in addition to the post-secondary institutions that participated in 2015: Polytechnique Montréal, Carleton University, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Waterloo, the University of British Columbia, the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto.
Seeds for the Future is an element in Huawei’s efforts to work with Canadian Universities, and that has seen the company invest more than $5 million in advanced communications research projects with universities across Canada. Since 2010, the company’s Canada Research Centre in Ottawa has played a central role in establishing Huawei as one of the global leaders in transformative 5G technology and innovative research supported by Canadian universities.