Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Huawei Technologies (B) Sendirian Berhad (ICT) solutions provider joined forces to set up an ICT Academy in Brunei as part of Huawei’s global initiative to support ICT skills development.

UTB will be the first university in the country to become a part of the ICT Academy that has a global presence in 72 countries.

An agreement was signed between UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Hajah Zohrah Haji Sulaiman, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Huawei Brunei Zhangjianwei, with the objective to cultivate ICT talents among the students to prepare them to be future-ready for ICT developments. 

The partnership places a strong emphasis on increasing the number of ICT professionals in the sultanate through joint research, education and training programmes. This enables the two parties to set up a platform for technical collaborations.

Under the agreement, the not-for-profit academy entitled “Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (Huawei Academy)”, allows UTB to deliver Huawei Certification training to their students primarily.

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This partnership creates a bridge between academia and industry in nurturing ICT talent and equipping students with ICT skills that are necessary for employment and cultivate a future workforce to fill the global ICT skills gap.

In a press statement by UTB, the Huawei Academy will provide UTB students with hands-on experience and industry certification in networking technologies and security by embedding the industry-standard training in the existing curriculum. 

Moreover, students will also be able to download a personal copy of Huawei’s eNSP (Enterprise Network Simulation Platform) networking simulator, an essential learning tool that will help enhance their professional skills and also the opportunity to experience Huawei’s enterprise network equipment. 

At the initial stage, UTB through the Huawei Academy will be offering training for Routing and Switching (R&S) Certification leading to the certification for the Huawei Certified ICT Expert (HCIE-R&S). The academy will be equipped with IP network equipment and products donated by Huawei.

With the establishment of this academy, UTB through the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) will be able to expand a range of technical skills and knowledge that can be provided to the students as well as members of the public.

This can also help SCI to further develop its research and development activities with Huawei and achieve the University’s mission for industry-relevant capabilities, towards the fulfillment of Brunei Vision 2035 and Brunei’s Digital Economy Masterplan.

Huawei is currently cooperating with over 938 universities to open Huawei ICT academies around the world, with about 332 in China. In 2019, more than 28,939 students were certified. Total certifications since programme inception have surpassed 55,852.  

Under the HAINA programme, Huawei also runs a global annual ‘Huawei ICT Competition’ for students, giving local country winners the opportunity to visit China for the finals and compete with students from across the globe. – Analisa Amu



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