Huawei has partnered Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to run Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA) programme for students at the university.
The HAINA initiative is a global ICT technology education programme which authorises universities and tertiary education organisations to deliver Huawei certification courses to their students. This is the first accreditation in Ghana with plans underway to spread to other universities.
The programme adopts the increasingly popular university-enterprise cooperation model and includes training and industry certification in popular ICT technologies, such as WLAN, security, storage and cloud computing.
Through HAINA, IT students at KNUST will acquire knowledge of cutting-edge ICT technology and gain elaborate hands-on practical training experiences. At present, KNUST students going through this HAINA lab
will be able to obtain their HCNA/P-Cloud Computing certification, thus helping to boost their ICT skills to increase their chances of employability. Additionally, HAINA-trained graduates will be given first priority for internships and employment opportunities at Huawei and its partner companies.
Huawei provides certification service by leveraging its years of experience in developing ICT talent. Huawei certification is created to match the career development life cycle of talents for the ICT industry, meeting the needs of various roles, from college students to workplace beginners, associates, professionals, and experts. Huawei certification covers 10 fields and 12 technical directions. It offers the only certification program of its kind in the industry that covers all ICT technical fields. The students will also benefit from knowledge of cutting edge technologies such as 4G, 5G, LTE, cloud computing and will be offered opportunities for hands on practice in Huawei’s most advanced labs.
“The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is proud to partner with a global leader like Huawei to bring about competitive ICT skills for our Engineering and Computer Science students. We look forward to facilitating a closer interaction between academia and industry to help strengthen and provide highly demanded human resources for the IT and telecom fields in the Country and the sub-region,” says Provost of College of Engineering, KNUST, Ing. Prof. Mark Adom-Asamoah.
Director of the Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Ghana, Geoffrey Li, said the company is committed to the continuous knowledge-sharing and development of the technical workforce for the sustainable growth of the ICT ecosystem in Ghana while bridging the gap between what is learnt in school and what is available and practical on the job market.