Huawei Hosts Digital Talent Summit at UNESCO World Higher Education Conference

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As part of the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference, Huawei hosted the Digital Talent Summit yesterday in Barcelona. More than 80 education experts representing government, academia, industry, and UNESCO attended the summit in person or virtually. The panelists discussed how technology can help to reinvent higher education for a more sustainable future. The summit was also attended by ten students from Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program.

Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Education Stefania Giannini and Huawei’s Board Director & Senior Vice President Vincent Peng opened the event by discussing the growing role of technology in innovation and education.

Peng also discussed Huawei’s initiatives to bridge the digital divide and develop the talent ecosystem, such as the Huawei ICT Academy project, in which university-enterprise collaborations assist universities in training new ICT talent through dedicated courses, training boot camps, and competitions.

“We now have to go the extra mile, to bridge the global digital divide that left many behind and to integrate ICT-based solutions into higher education systems or programs. This is key for more than just graduate employability. Digital technology can also contribute to more open, flexible, and connected higher education ecosystems.”

Giannini said.

ICT Academy is now a part of Huawei Seeds for the Future 2.0, which will be launched in 2021. Scholarships, technology competitions, digital skills training, and women in tech campaigns are currently available. The programme is an expansion of the Seeds for the Future programme, which began in 2008 and has benefited 1.54 million people from over 150 countries.

“Digital technology has the potential to rebalance the world’s education resources. We should leverage digital technology to build a more collaborative, open, and vibrant education system We have partnered with almost 2,000 universities around the world to build Huawei ICT Academies, with a target of training more than 1 million ICT professionals and experts by 2024. We hope to improve digital literacy of all through these efforts, supporting sustainable growth of the society and industries,”

Stefania Giannini.

The summit was marked by the announcement of the Seeds for the Future scholarship and the signing of Memorandums of Understanding with 11 ICT Academies from Europe, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

A number of education leaders spoke as well, including Markus González Beilfuss, Government of Spain’s Undersecretary for Universities; Ivica uak, State Secretary, Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia; Qin Changwei, Secretary-General, National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO; and Li Ming, Director of UNESCO-ICHEI.

Šušak , in particular, emphasized the significance of incorporating digitalization into the education system by presenting how digitalization has benefited schools in Croatia. He also outlined a strategy for higher education digitalization.

Huawei and Ernst & Young (EY) also released their first whitepaper on the future of digital skills in Spain at the event. This white paper is one of four that Huawei will release in the coming months. The following two will focus on talent development in South Africa and China.

The education sector is rapidly changing as technologies such as big data, cloud computing, augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence make hybrid learning more accessible to all. According to Huawei’s new whitepaper on education in Spain, only 13% of companies use cutting-edge technologies and those that do use them primarily for strategic decision-making.

“There is an unprecedented opportunity to encourage greater collaboration between the government and companies so that the government can act as a bridge and encourage greater communication with schools in the development of new skills.”

Marc García Tamayo, Senior Manager of EY.

The education sector is rapidly changing as technologies such as big data, cloud computing, augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence make hybrid learning more accessible to all. According to Huawei’s new whitepaper on education in Spain, only 13% of companies use cutting-edge technologies and those that do use them primarily for strategic decision-making.


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