Huawei donates high-tech networking devices to UL

In its industrial focus of accelerating digital transformation across the continent, Huawei Technologies Africa has donated networking equipment to the University of Limpopo(UL) as part of its intent to establish an ICT academy at UL.

The donated networking equipment includes several Series Ethernet Switches and Enterprise Routers with licenses and installation materials, which will form part of a Huawei ICT Academy at UL, a partnership programme that authorises UL to deliver Huawei certification courses to its students.

According to the Head of Department of Computational and Mathematical Sciences at UL, Prof Mthulisi Velempini, the university and Huawei are in the process of finalising a Memorandum of Understanding  to set up the academy.

The programme will act as a bridge between enterprises and the university to build a talent ecosystem for the ICT industry, meanwhile the Chinese telecoms giant has already begun training Computational and Mathematical Sciences staff and students at UL since 2019.

“The staff is trained under the Train-The-Trainer programme, following which the students will be taught by members of staff who would have completed the Huawei training. Students will then be certified in given technologies if they complete the courses successfully,” said Prof Velempini.

The certification will give students an edge in the world of work as they are in their third, fourth and masters levels. “Upon completion of the training, the students can also set up their own small to medium businesses and create employment for others,” he noted.

Moreover, he highlighted the partnership’s potential as going beyond serving the Computer Science department and the ICT division or the university community, but also the country to a larger extent as “the training will be extended to the province and beyond.”

Prof Velempini said that in the meantime, the donated equipment will be used for teaching purposes. “The material will go a long way in giving the students hands-on experience. The equipment will also be used in the future to set up a research laboratory,” he concluded.

Date created:2020-08-05 13:00:19