Huawei Vouch for Bridging the Academia – Industry Skills Gap

(Left) Xu Jingwen of Huawei,  presents Prof. Kinyua with Huawei branded merchandise.

With the ever changing technology in the world today, there is no time than now to make attempts to bridge the gap between the industry and learning institutions to ensure students are adequately prepared and equipped for the job market.

This was said when Huawei Technologies (Kenya) Company Limited team paid a visit to JKUAT to deliberate on areas of curriculum review and marketing of Huawei courses to students, Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

According to Huawei, Training and Certification Manager, XU JINGWEN, the existing collaboration between JKUAT and Huawei has been beneficial to students, however there is need to come up with an aggressive marketing strategy to “reach as many students as possible.”

On the University providing Artificial Intelligence and Big Data courses, she said, the University would be at the forefront in providing up to date skills to students that would set them apart from their peers once they enter the competitive job market.

Huawei, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Academy Training Manager, Michael Kamau, urged more lecturers to enroll for the Huawei courses to ensure they are well versed in technological matters so as to impact the students.

Huawei team explain a point to Prof. Robert Kinyua and JKUAT team during the meeting. 

“We hope more teachers will pursue these courses that will be beneficial to them as experts in the field of technology and students as well,” Mr. Kamau noted.

Given that Huawei Ambassadors are a vital cog in informing students on the courses on offer, he challenged them to bridge the gap on misconceptions on Huawei courses by hosting their own student events.

“As ambassadors, be proactive and take the initiative to the students and as Huawei, we will provide you with the necessary equipment you may need,” he asserted.

Speaking during the meeting, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua commended the collaboration with Huawei which he said, would continue to ensure the University churns out holistic students in the areas of ICT.

“We look forward as a University, to more collaborations that are primed to equip our students holistically for the job market,” Prof.  Kinyua stated.

The School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) Director, Dr. Michael Kimwele, was appreciative of Huawei’s efforts on equipping students with important technological skills urging the students to seize the opportunities as long as they are available because they will become “rare once they finish their studies,” said Dr. Kimwele.

JKUAT and Huawei teams that participated in the meeting at the Old Boardroom.

He further added that SCIT together with the Information Technology Department would work to ensure even students in other departments who are interested in furthering their expertise in matters technology are clearly informed about available opportunities.

Concerning updates on upcoming Huawei events like the annual job fair and the ICT competition, SCIT Director urged students to join the peer groups like the JKUAT SCIT Undergraduates and Alumni telegram to interact with like-minded individuals for interaction and exchange of ideas and upto date information.

Present at the meeting included: Chairman, Department of Information Technology, Mr. Francis Thiongo, Huawei Trainer, Mr. Philip Oyier, Huawei Ambassadors; Evans Kiprotich and Zipporah Wachira, both fourth and third year Telecommunication and Engineering students, respectively.

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