UAE TRA and Huawei host Seeds for the Future presentations
Seeds for the Future competition tasks students to develop technology projects
Huawei and the UAE TRA has hosted the projects presentation phase of the "Seeds for the Future" 2018 Competition.
The competition tasks students to develop technology projects in emerging areas to address challenges in areas such as transport, education, cyber security, smart cities, health care, infrastructure and space.
Seeds of the Future has been established to nurture young, local ICT talent, raise student's interest in ICT and facilitate knowledge transfer with the sector. Winning teams are taken to China for a two-week exposure to Huawei.
In the UAE, the competition is held in co-operation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the Ministry of Education.
Thirty-six projects from fifteen higher education institutions, out of 150 entries, were selected for the presentation phase, which will took place over two days.
A panel of experts from TRA, Dubai Chamber, Dubai Investments, Sheraa the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, Smart EoT, Dubai Consultancy, and Huawei, evaluated the projects.
HE Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, said: "The Ministry of Education strives to stimulate a creative environment that instills a culture of innovation and passion for science among our students, and contributes to building their skills on both theoretical and practical levels, by involving all stakeholders from the public and private sectors, to achieve the objectives of the higher education national strategy, which has been designed in the framework of visions and future directions of the UAE"
"When it comes to enabling and investing in human resources, we have a joint responsibility because the goal is broader. Today's higher education students are the engine and the leaders of tomorrow's job market. Moreover, in recognition of the importance of coordinated efforts for building a future generation with advanced skills that keep up with life and technology changes, we have launched the Higher Education and Private Sector Council earlier this year, which aims to coordinate the educational outcomes with labor market requirements. We are proud of Huawei as an active member of this Council as well as a strategic partner that does not hesitate to transfer knowledge and international expertise that contribute to the refinement of the competencies of our national cadres. We also thank the TRA for its tireless efforts as it stands as a national example to develop UAE competencies and raise their competitiveness and readiness to work."
HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, praised the progress of the competition: "This achievement reflects the spirit of partnership and cooperation between the public and private sectors. It also reflects Huawei's desire to enhance the course of action in its community responsibility as well as its contribution to enhance the innovation culture and visionary thinking among youth, in line with the wise leadership directives, and to serve the community. In TRA, we encourage and fully support this sort of initiatives, based on our responsibilities inspired by the highest goals of the country."