The College of Computing and Information Science hosted Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd Uganda that was launching the second edition of its Seeds for the Future program 2017. The guest of honor at the launch was the Hon. Frank Tumwebaze (Minister of ICT and National Guidance) accompanied by Mr. Chu Mao Ming (Deputy Chief of Mission Chinese Embassy to Uganda), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (DVC, F & A, Makerere University), Mr. Patrick Muinda (Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Information Management, Ministry of Education and Sports Association), Assoc. Prof. G. Maiga (Ag. Principal, CoCIS), and Dr. G. Kiyingi (Dean, EASLIS).
All invited guests were first given a brief about the program that was initially launched in 2016 and saw 10 ICT students get the opportunity to experience the Chinese culture when they travelled to Beijing and Shenzhen. In addition to the culture they were also exposed to the latest technologies, best ICT educational practices, and gained some valuable work experience at the Huawei’s headquarters.
During his speech, the Hon. Frank Tumwebaze thanked Huawei for its Seeds for the Future 2017 initiative that is contributing to the ICT industry in Uganda in terms addressing unemployment, improving the skills of Uganda’s IT professionals etc.
Stanley Chyn (Managing Director, Huawei Uganda) mentioned that the objective for Seeds for the Future 2017 was to select another 10 students for the program and of the 35 that participated in the selection process several were from Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Muni University etc.