Huawei, NYP to set up first Huawei ICT academy in Singapore
(From left to right: Mr Edward Ho, Deputy Principal (Development), Nanyang Polytechnic; Mr Lee Youn Kay, Director, School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic; Mr Aaron Wang Shaotong, Managing Director, Enterprise Business Group Singapore, Huawei, and Mr Zhou Danjin, President, Southern Pacific Enterprise Business Group, Huawei)
SINGAPORE, 23 February 2018– Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) agreed to set up the first ICT Academy in Singapore as part of Huawei’s global initiative to support ICT skills development.
The partnership places a strong emphasis on addressing the shortage of ICT professionals in Singapore by joint research, education and training programmes. It will also see the two parties set up a platform for technical collaborations between industry and government partners.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the not-for-profit academy, titled Huawei Authorised Information Network Academy (HAINA), allows NYP to deliver Huawei Certification training to their students.
This partnership creates a bridge between academia and industry to nurture ICT talent, equip students with ICT skills necessary for employment and cultivate a future workforce to fill the global ICT skills gap.
It is expected to benefit about 300 students at NYP’s School of Engineering and School of Information Technology in the initial term of two years.
Mr Aaron Wang Shaotong, Managing Director of Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group in Singapore, and Mr Lee Youn Kay, Director of NYP’s School of Engineering signed the agreement in Huawei’s OpenLab today (Feb 23), witnessed by Mr Edward Ho, NYP’s Deputy Principal (Development).
The academy will let NYP students gain practical hands-on experience and get industry certification in networking technologies, security, cloud computing technologies, IT storage systems and big data. 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 helps enhance their professional skills and lets them experience Huawei’s enterprise network equipment.
Mr Zhou Danjin, President of Southern Pacific Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, said: “Huawei has a strong focus on helping the next generation develop the skills needed to drive innovations in technology. Huawei’s HAINA programme is part of our wider commitment to STEM education as well as research and development. We are confident that our partnership with Nanyang Polytechnic will give students the opportunity to learn new and relevant industry skills, enabling them to fulfil their ambitions in science and technology and contribute to Singapore’s digital economy.”
Mr. Lee Youn Kay, Director of NYP’s School of Engineering, said: “We believe this collaboration will allow our students to be better equipped with industry relevant ICT skills to meet the industry’s strong demand for trained expertise. With this edge, they are well-poised to help transform the industry and work towards our vision of a Smart Nation.”
Huawei is currently cooperating with over 350 universities to open Huawei ICT academies around the world, with about 200 in China. Last year, the Academy trained over 12,500 students globally. Among them, 4000 students received certifications for their skills. Under the HAINA programme, Huawei also runs a global annual ‘Skills Competition’ for students, giving local country winners the opportunity to visit China for the finals and compete with students from across the globe.
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About Nanyang Polytechnic
Established as an institution of higher learning in 1992, Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) seven academic schools offer quality education and training through more than 40 full-time diploma courses. NYP also has a full suite of continuing education (CET) options for lifelong learning, ranging from specialist and advanced diplomas, to SkillsFuture modules and courses. NYP’s Asian Culinary Institute and the Singapore Institute of Retail Studies are CET institutes set up in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore to champion and transform Singapore’s F&B and retail sectors respectively.
Through its strong network of industry connections, NYP empowers learners for work and life through relevant curricula and deep capabilities. NYP strives to be the innovative polytechnic, creating a nexus of future-ready learners, ready to take on new challenges and contribute to growth and sustainability. Nanyang Polytechnic is a recipient of Singapore’s top organisational and business excellence awards: the Singapore Quality Award, the Innovation Excellence Award and the People Excellence Award.