JKUAT Hosts Huawei Campus Recruitment Event

Huawei’s Director of Kenya’s Delivery and Service Business Department, Lin Xiaonan, presents a student with Huawei merchandise.

With the ever-increasing cases of unemployment in Kenya, the need to bridge the gap between academia and industry has become critical. In a move to address this, JKUAT in partnership with Huawei Technologies organized a sensitization event for students to ensure they are well-equipped for the job market.

The event christened The Sky is the Limit; Huawei Campus Recruitment created a favorable environment in which students engaged with technology experts; were educated about available Huawei certification programs, and were given helpful interview tips to prepare them for the world of technology.

Speaking during the event, Dr. Michael Kimwele, Director, School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) lauded Huawei for the role it had played over the years in the development of JKUAT students in ICT.

Dr. Kimwele encouraged the students to take up the certification classes offered and sponsored by Huawei saying, “Take advantage of your time as a student to attend Huawei certification classes because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will considerably increase your prospects of getting into the ICT employment field and propelling your career.”

Director, SCIT, Dr. Michael Kimwele addresses the participants during the event.

Addressing the students, Huawei’s Director Kenya Delivery and Service Business Department Lin Xiaonan fronted Huawei as an ideal employer noting that as a Huawei employee, one gets to explore other countries besides Kenya, where the company has footprints, such as Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, and Somalia.

According to Ms. Vanessa Kawira, ICT Talent Manager, Kenya Enterprise Partner Development Department at Huawei, students who have completed Huawei Certification programs are in a better position to be hired by the tech company, and she encouraged students who have majored in Engineering, Telecommunication, IT, Civil and Structural Engineering, and ICT courses to apply.

“Huawei certification training begins with enrolling in an ICT class and completing the first level, Huawei Certified ICT Associate (HCIA) certificate, the novice level, before progressing to the Huawei Certified ICT Professional (HCIP) certificate, which is required for employment and qualifies one to compete in the ICT competition,” the ICT Talent Manager said.

She further noted that once one completes the training, they become an asset in the technology employment sector and are eligible to undertake the Huawei Certified ICT Expert (HCIE) which is Huawei’s highest level of ICT technical certification.

Huawei internship intake is currently ongoing and other than the certifications, one should either be a 2022 or 2023 graduate from a Public or Private University.

Faith Amondi, JKUAT alumna, is a beneficiary of the Huawei program.

Faith Amondi, a JKUAT alumna who benefited from the program and is now a Software Service Engineer, Huawei’s Kenya Software Business Department, stated that before joining Huawei, she completed all Huawei certifications and went through a rigorous process, and that being paired with a mentor was crucial throughout her journey.

“Once you have been selected by Huawei you undergo five months of rigorous training. During this time, you are paired with a mentor who walks with you every step of the way which is quite encouraging,” the former Electronic and Computer Engineer student observed.

Through this initiative, Huawei has taken on 97 exceptional graduates since 2018, and the fora have continued to help graduates enter the labor market.

The Sky is the limit; Huawei Campus Recruitment

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