Huawei Technologies Ghana, Limited, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, has handed over a US$200,000 laboratory to the Department of Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University of Ghana.
The Information Communications Technology (ICT) laboratory equipped with about 40 computers, routers, switchers, firewall and a projector, is to help the students pursuing computer engineering gain practical and hands-on experience with new ICT software and equipment. In addition, Huawei donated a two¬ kilometre fibre optic cable to the faculty to help with internet connectivity.
The brief handing over ceremony, which was attended by the Chinese Ambassador, was performed by the Deputy Man¬aging Director of HTGL, Daniel Guo Zhi. He said the donation was in fulfilment of a pledge Huawei made to President John Atta Mills when the President visited the headquarters of the company in China, Shenzhen in September, 2010, adding that his company had made a similar donation to the University of Cape-Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Zhi said Huawei believed in quality education and training and said the laboratory was meant to provide adequate, relevant and practical training that would help the students in the faculty acquire the necessary knowledge in their area of study, adding that Huawei was ready to deploy ICT solutions to the educational sector in Ghana through the provision of a comprehensive network infrastructure in the educational sector.
"As part of our commitment to em¬powering students in the faculty, Huawei will recruit meritorious graduates from the department of Computer Engineering for National Service and job placement," Mr. Zhi stated.
The Vice-Chancellor, Pro¬fessor Ernest Aryeetey, said the facility would help address the logistical challenges facing the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He noted that the Faculty was arguably one of the relatively new Faculties at the University, thus required considerable logistical support in order to operate effectively. He gave assurance of the University paying for the fibre installation to ensure connectivity to the lab.
Professor Aryeetey said ICT and computing technologies had played critical valuable roles in shaping the global economy and that trend was likely to remain in the foreseeable future.
Earlier, Prof. Richard Bani, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences welcomed guests to the ceremony, after which various officials had the opportunity to deliver brief remarks.
Prof. Samuel K. Sefa-Dedeh, the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, gave a genesis of the Faculty, reiterating that even though the Faculty was considered relatively new, it had set for itself an objective of forging links and partnerships with the corporate world and industry. He was happy that this had culminated in the partnership between Huawei and the Computer Engineering Department.
Dr. Godfrey Mills, Head of the Department of Computer Engineering, in brief remarks said that the labs had been the first major facility to be put up by one of the department’s industrial partners. He pledged that the department would ensure that the equipment is put to proper use to provide the needed benefit to users and the University at large.
Officials, faculty and students and other invited guests were later given a tour of the facility, after which Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Ghana.
The terms of the agreement include the hosting of Computer Engineering students at Huawei for the annual 8-week industrial attachment or internship; provision of occasional seminars on Huawei telecommunications and network devices and technologies at the University of Ghana by key technical personnel of Huawei to enrich the learning experience of students; provision of Huawei annual award scheme to deserving graduating student(s) in Computer Engineering - the name of the award and subject area(s) to be decided jointly by the Computer Engineering Department and Huawei; provision of possible research projects, telecommunication networks and devices design and development, software development or other related works of interest to Huawei on which faculty and students of Computer Engineering Department will jointly work on in collaboration with the technical staff of Huawei.
Other areas include the provision of facilities and direct sponsorship of initiatives where necessary by Huawei to enhance the quality of training of graduate and undergraduate students of the Computer Engineering Department, in addition to providing equipment and logistics by Huawei to support any joint or collaborative research project which project equipment when supplied could also be used for the training of students, among others.