Information and ICT Minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze has flagged off 10 fellows under the annual Seed for the Future program, for a two-week intense technological training at various Chinese universities.
The Seeds for the Future is funded by tech company Huawei and seeks to establish collaboration with local governments, higher education institutes and other organizations to select top university students and young government officials to study and gain work experience at Huawei’s headquarters in China.
Minister Tumwebaze said at the flag off, that efforts of this program since its inception in Uganda in 2016 has started to gain fruit because of the relatively high rates of employment of its participants.
“We have also been informed that out of the 30 participants of the Seeds for the Future program since 2016 to now, approximately 21 are already employed by Huawei and other organizations while nine are still in school. This therefore is a good program with already notable fruits”, he said.
“This is just one example of how ICT is transforming the lives of everyday citizens, and driving the economy. ICT has truly transformed our economy, creating jobs for people even in remote places. But this technological trend would never be possible if we did not skill students, professionals and entrepreneurs as a nation” he revealed.
Mr. Liujiawei, the Managing Director Huawei said the students will leave for China on 17th May and return on 2nd June, and will undergo training in the latest technological trends such as 5G among others.