Huawei is helping groom Australia's ICT leaders of tomorrow through its two-week Seeds For The Future program in China.
Thirteen students from all over Australia participated in the program this year.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of program, Huawei Australia corporate affairs director, Jeremy Mitchell, said Australia’s 2015 cohort had set new benchmarks.
“Australian students of this calibre will be in high demand globally, which is a credit to the students and their universities,” Mitchell said.
“The Huawei Seeds for the Future program exposes Australian students to the latest global ICT research and development. It also opens their eyes to incredible ICT opportunities in China and globally.”
The graduating students were congratulated by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, and deans and heads of school from the Australian Technology Network (ATN) of universities.
ATN , Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh said, “The Seeds for the Future program is an exciting opportunity for students from ATN Universities to learn about world-class, innovative technologies that will soon become our future.
“The ATN’s aim is to help secure Australia’s reputation as a clever country and contribute to its social and economic wealth. The Seeds for the Future program is a valuable investment in cultivating talent and introduces students to world-class technologies that will soon become our future.”
“This program goes a long way to close the knowledge gap which exists between what is learned in the classroom and the practical skills necessary in the real world,” she said.
Ten students were selected from ATN member universities RMIT, UTS, Curtin, UniSA, QUT and an additional three students from ANU.
The students were selected under careful criteria to represent Australia in the global program.
They have achieved tertiary rankings which place them in the top five per cent of the nation when entering their bachelors’ degrees. The students are:
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- Victoria: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- Jesse Bartlett studying Bachelor of Software Engineering
- Andrew Lau studying Bachelor of Computer and Network Engineering (Honours)
South Australia: University of South Australia
- Jerome De Vera studying Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)
- Cameron Arthur studying Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Cyber security)
Queensland: Queensland University of Technology
- Lachlan Gepp studying Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Mathematics
- Leon Pearce studying Bachelor of Information Technology
NSW: University of Technology Sydney
- Andy Go studying Bachelor of Engineering (ICT), Diploma in Engineering Practice and Bachelor of Medical Science
- James Mangos studying Bachelor of Engineering (ICT), Diploma in
Western Australia: Curtin University
- Troy Burgess studying Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering), Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
- Jason Brown studying Bachelor of Computer Science
ACT: Australian National University
- Vincent Au studying Bachelor of Advanced Computing, Bachelor of Asia-Pacific
- Jack Henderson studying Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) Bachelor of Information Technology
- Dmitry Brizhinev studying Bachelor of Advanced Computing (R&D)
Fletcher is the first Australian minister to visit Huawei's campus and gave a speech endorsing Huawei’s activities on this program.
To watch the Aussie Seeds for the Future reprise the C-pop phenomenon: Xiao Ping Guo, meaning Little Apple, at the closing ceremony in Shenzhen,
Henderson, who introduced the performance, self-taught himself mandarin prior to attending the program and Andy Go impressed the crowd with his impromptu choreography
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