Lusail University to establish Huawei ICT Academy in Qatar-

September 14, 2021

Lusail University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, to enhance digital skills in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030. Under the agreement, a Huawei ICT Academy will be established at the university to further develop Qatar’s blossoming technology ecosystem, and that of the wider region.
The MoU was signed by Prof Nitham Hindi, Lusail University provost, and Zhao Liang, CEO of Huawei Gulf North, in the presence of other representatives from both parties
Launched in 2013, the Huawei ICT Academy cooperation programme helps universities around the world to cultivate ICT talent that can meet future industry requirements, in turn providing a high-quality workforce for the sector’s development. Through the initiative, Huawei builds a comprehensive value chain covering the entire learning, certification and employment process. The deepening of cooperation between universities and private enterprises ultimately promotes the development of the digital economy while supporting nations’ digital transformation agendas.
To date, Huawei ICT Academies have been deployed throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Southern Pacific.
The new Huawei ICT Academy is one of the various long-term partnerships between Huawei and Qatar institutions to nurture advanced digital skills amongst the country’s youth. Through such knowledge-exchange collaborations, the company aims to train 10,000 students in Qatar over the next three years. Dr Nitham Hindi said: “We are looking for a long-term mutually beneficial agreement that will allow Lusail University to provide high quality education to graduate professionals who are needed in the marketplace and who are competent in their fields. With the assistance of our strategic partners, Lusail University is determined to become a pioneer in providing high quality education based on leadership and innovation.”
Zhao Liang noted: “Qatar continues to make major strides in attracting investments and nurturing a diversified, technologically-advanced economy. By collaborating with local partners like Lusail University, bolstering local talent development, and committing support to megaprojects, Huawei aims to contribute to the digitization efforts outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
New technologies are already revolutionising traditional industry sectors in Qatar and beyond. According to Gartner forecasts, IT spending in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is projected to total $171 billion in 2021, an increase of 4.5 percent from 2020.

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