'Digital age' talent programme in China for Malaysian students

Now in its third consecutive year, the ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme has selected 15 Malaysian students.

By AvantiKumar
Sept. 6, 2016

Huawei Seeding programme 2016 

Photo - Datuk Mary Yap, Deputy Minister of Higher Education officiates the third series of "Seeds for the Future" in Cyberjaya


An industry-hosted talent seeding programme for Malaysian students is to run for the third consecutive year.

Called 'Seeds for the Future,' the programme, which is sponsored by Chinese ICT giant Huawei, follows the success of the past two annual iterations, and will give  15 Malaysian students an opportunity to undergo a two week study trip to China.

The selected students are pursuing their studies in electronic engineering and computer science from several local universities, said Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, deputy minister of Higher Education Malaysia, speaking at the students orientation ceremony in Cyberjaya.
"There is a great need for industry-academia collaborations as some of the challenges faced by companies these days are often a talent shortage and a mismatch of skills in the market," said the deputy minister.

"Companies and universities need to work together to ensure graduates know what employers are looking for; making them industry-ready once they join the workforce. Industry-academia collaborations such as 'Seeds for the Future' will help graduates boost their employability and ultimately set us on the path to achieving high-income nation status," she said.

Over the two weeks, the students will learn about trends in mobile internet application and development, intelligent network application and development, and many other solutions through technology workshops and networking events.

Cultural training

The initiative is aimed at nurturing  local ICT talent, enhance  knowledge transfer, encourage a greater understanding of the ICT sector, and promote regional building and participation in the digital community, said  Zhang Wei, HR director of Huawei Southern Pacific Region.

He said the students will also have the opportunity of working experience in Beijing and in Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen.

 In addition, they will receive Mandarin language classes and cultural training such as calligraphy and painting, and also get to have some fun going on city tours.
 "Through our courses, these students will be able to familiarize themselves with our cutting-edge technologies and latest industry trends," said Zhang Wei. "They will be able to hone the right skill sets and the experience will enable them to succeed in the digital future. We appreciate the great support from Ministry of Higher Education, especially the Industry Relation Division, for helping us make this project happen." 

"The current landscape shows Malaysia as a fast emerging hub for regional IoT innovation projects in Southeast Asia," he said. "As a result, we believe it is crucial that this generation receives the right education and training to prepare them to take on opportunities and challenges in the future. We are trying to build and match their skill sets for the future."

The students are scheduled to depart on 9 September and will return to Malaysia on 24 September 2016.