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Huawei Closing the Gap Between Industry and Education

By Andrea Villar | Fri, 11/27/2020 - 10:28

Huawei, through Tecnológico Nacional de México (TecNM), partnered with the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) to implement courses, workshops and a training and certification program. The Huawei ICT Academy seeks to train and certify 50,000 students as well as 1,000 teachers, researchers and administrative staff, who will be able to receive certifications related to information and communication technologies. 

“Huawei states that intelligent data-driven education will be a key future trend for education and therefore online education must become smarter and more diversified. Traditional education must gradually evolve toward digitalization and a mixed structure,” said in a statement the Minister of Education, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán.

The agreement, added TecNM Director General Enrique Fernández Fassnacht, will boost the knowledge and skills of the academic institution's community. Meanwhile, Huawei's Corporate Vice President Mark Xue recalled that the Chinese company has been in Mexico for more than 20 years and endorsed its commitment to the country to offer value to society and the talent ecosystem. “We are more than ready, together with SEP universities, institutions and partners such as Educar Uno, to contribute to digital inclusion and equal access to technology," said Xue. 

Closing the Gap Between Industry and Education

The Huawei ICT Academy, launched in 2013, points out the lack of motivation of teachers to participate in industry-education cooperation projects. By the end of 2019, Huawei ICT Academy had been deployed in 72 countries. Cooperation between universities and companies, says the company on its official website, can be key to promoting a solution to the talent gap. "In practice, however, cooperation between universities and enterprises can be difficult to implement. Integration between industry and education has encountered a bottleneck.”

Among the main reasons why this bottleneck is generated, according to the Chinese company, is because the talent cultivation model is not fully developed. "Collaboration between universities and enterprises is spontaneous and shallow.” Also, some companies do not actively participate in the training process and are not aligned with the same objectives of universities. “The content of the courses does not match the professional standards and the teaching process is not aligned with the industry’s production processes,” notes the company.

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Andrea Villar Andrea Villar Journalist and Industry Analyst