Huawei, one of the leading global provider of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, recently sponsored the fourth batch of top ICT undergraduates studying at local universities of Sri Lanka, providing them with an opportunity to study and gain work experience at Huawei’s headquarters in China, under their global CSR flagship program Seeds for the Future. A graduation ceremony to show appreciation for the students that participated in the program was held recently at the Huawei CIS, Colombo.
The 2019 batch of Sri Lankan students that participated in Huawei’s Seeds for the Future CSR program travelled to China where they spent two weeks from the 30th of November to the 14th of December. The students gained a clear understanding of how cutting edge technologies such as 5G, LTE and cloud computing work, whilst getting a hands-on experience in such technologies through most advanced laboratories.
This year, Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovations, Liang Yi, CEO – Huawei Sri Lanka, Yang Zuoyuan Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of China in Sri Lanka, and Officials from Ministry of Information & Communication Technology participated at the Graduation Ceremony
These students were rewarded at the graduation ceremony for the engagement that they displayed throughout this ICT and cultural education trip to China. The program agenda included studying ICT technologies, operating equipment in labs, studying Huawei's corporate culture and management experience, visiting Huawei's exhibition halls and campuses, learning about Chinese culture, and visiting local historical scenic spots.
Originally launched in Sri Lanka in 2016, together with Government of Sri Lanka, the Huawei Sri Lanka Representative Office fully sponsors 10 Sri Lankan University students to China for an ICT and culture trip once a year through the Huawei Seeds for the Future program. With a MoU signed at Huawei Headquarters with the Sri Lankan Government in 2016, Huawei contributes immensely to boost Sri Lanka to a digitally empowered nation.
NATIONAL DIGITAL POLICY- FINAL
'National Digital Policy' outlines Sri Lanka’s digital agenda for 2020 to 2025. It provides a high-level principles and conceptual framework for the country to achieve sustained digital economic development and growth through the creation of an Innovative Economy and an Effective Government.
“Sri Lanka has the choice of being a future player or sitting on the bench of Asia’s growing digital economy boom. Being left on the bench is clearly not a desirable option for Sri Lanka’s vibrant youthful population.”
- “Is Sri Lanka sitting on the bench of Asia’s booming digital economy”, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies
Technology has reshaped businesses, industries, and economies. It has opened up greater access to the economy for small and medium enterprises, and empowered individuals to become content creators and service providers. The already rapid pace of change we have seen in the past decade is expected to further accelerate in the decade ahead.
Against this backdrop, Sri Lanka must prepare our businesses, workers and people for the digital economy that is upon us. The digital economy will bring new possibilities and opportunities as it transforms businesses, industries, jobs and lifestyles.