Huawei opens first global training centre outside of China

CYBERJAYA: Information and communications technology solutions provider Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has opened its Malaysian Global Training Centre (MGTC) — the first one outside its home country of China.

The company also signed an agreement with 10 local universities, laying the foundation for the setting up of its Huawei University Training Labs under the MSC Malaysia MyUniAlliance Programme.

It is partnering with Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Multimedia Universiti, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknikal Melaka, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.

The programme aims to further cultivate the interest of students in next-generation ICT technologies, such as cloud computing, LTE (Long Term Evolution), and fibreoptics.

“Through the programme, we hope to train 10,000 knowledge workers for the Malaysian ICT industry by 2016,” said Victor Wang, Huawei Technologies Asia Pacific president, at the MGTC launch.

It was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

According to Huawei Malaysia deputy managing director of product solutions and marketing, Foo Fang Yong, Huawei already has two large training centres in Shenzhen and Hangzhou in China where it trains close to 15,000 students a year.

He said Huawei plans to transfer 40% of the student load at these training centres to the Malaysian centre in stages.

“We expect that about 2,000 to 3,000 Huawei trainees from around the world will train in Malaysia,” he said.

At the MGTC, students will learn about Huawei’s products and technologies, and English will be the medium of instruction. “We are also about constantly expanding our training syllabus to include the latest technologies,” Foo said.

He said that through the agreement with the universities, the company will also provide the Huawei University training labs syllabus to the universities, in the hopes that this will smoothen their graduates’ transition to the working world.

“The students will get first-hand experience working with the latest technologies. What they learn from their textbooks alone may be obsolete by the time they graduate, so this is one way to supplement their learning,” he added. — JO TIMBUONG

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