Lecturers From 10 Ghanaian Universities Offered Free ICT Training
Huawei Technologies Ghana in collaboration with Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has given free networking training to over 30 lecturers and IT professionals from 10 local Universities and Professional Institutions in Ghana.
The intensive 6-days training which began on March 9th to 14th, 2020 at the Video Conference Room (VCR) of GTUC focused on Huawei Certified Internetwork Associate — Routing and Switching (HCIA-R&S) program was meant to provide cutting-edge ICT skills for lecturers and help them to be able to train their students through HCIA to enhance talents with practical skills for the ICT industry and communities.
The initiative forms part of the Huawei’s broader agenda to develop over 2million IT professionals over the next five years. Ghanaian Universities which took part in this program include Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC), University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Cape Coast (UCC), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), and All Nations University College as well as professional bodies such as the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (IIPGH) among others.
Speaking at the ending of the ceremony for the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) training at GTUC, the Public Relations Manager at Huawei Ghana, Mr David Appiah pointed out that the TTT training for instructors was organized to develop ICT talent in the country and adequately equip them with the skills and knowledge, to train students at different Huawei Academies to get them certified in HCIA-R&S.
He added that “Huawei is offering training in cloud computing and AI, all this training is to make sure that we contribute to Ghana’s ICT talent ecosystem. And this, I am happy to say is not just in Ghana but happening all over the world.”
Mr Appiah enumerated that, as a company with over 30 years’ experience in the ICT ecosystem Huawei believes the only way to support society is to transfer the knowledge. He indicated that “At Huawei, knowledge transfer is key”.
The Vice President for GTUC, Prof. William Abeiku Blankson pointed out that GTUC wants to be premier in pushing forth Ghana’s ICT agenda thus their decision to partner with Huawei to train more Ghanaians in becoming ICT specialists.
He stressed that with Huawei being a leader in the ICT industry, his outfit looks forward to cooperating with Huawei to involve Huawei’s ICT certification (HCIA) as an elective course in the GTUC syllabus in 2020.
He stated, “Huawei’s TTT training counts as one of the surest ways to accelerate the fast transfer of talent skills. As the ICT certification communicator of universities, I urge all to-be instructors to go back and plant the seeds that have been sown in them.”
Prof. Blankson further highlighted that GTUC plans to take advantage of the Huawei ICT Club to organize campus activities geared at keeping students abreast with the current technologies in the ICT ecosystem.
In continuation, he said, “We also hope to work with Huawei and other industry parties to provide more training opportunities for women. We are grateful to Huawei for introducing the AI certification in Ghana and we encourage everyone to actively participate in the system so as to provide future-oriented talent for the industry chain. We believe this is a very worth partnership and hope to grow in many areas.”
Showing gratitude to Huawei for inviting his outfit to the training, the President of the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (IIPGH), Mr David Gowu mentioned that Huawei is a leader in 5G, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing hence as an association they are happy to be part of the Huawei Training and are hoping to be training partners of the digital giant. He also added that getting their professions trained will help bring them up to speed with the latest digitisation.
He elaborated, “Huawei has a mature and future-oriented ICT training system that continuously attracts top talents and provides them with the appropriate skills to increase their capabilities in the ICT industry. IIPGH attaches great importance to Huawei’s continuous investment in the future-oriented talent cultivation and certification system. We hope to strengthen our relationship with Huawei, jointly cultivate talent that meets the requirements of new industries, and promote industry development,” he added. He later praised Huawei for the initiative and contributions towards the development of skilled ICT talent and indicated that it is a very good concept which needed to be commended.’’
The instructor for the training, Dr Kwasi Opare, also the best Huawei ICT Academy Instructor in the year 2019 urged management to motivate instructors who teach the course while encouraging instructors to assist students to acquire the certification. He bid the trainees the best and expressed gratitude to Huawei for giving him the opportunity to educate and close the gap between industry and academia.
Globally, Huawei collaborates with more than 600 universities to institute Huawei ICT academies, assisting the universities to develop their ICT teaching abilities and has trained more than 1500 teachers. In Ghana, Huawei has collaborated with over 10 top Ghanaian Universities as authorized Huawei ICT Academies and has trained over 60 Instructors to offer training to interested students and professionals.