Addis Ababa University Gets first Huawei ICT Practice Center

ADDIS ABABA – Addis Ababa University together with Huawei officially launched today a Huawei-Addis Ababa University ICT Practice Center in Addis Ababa Institute of Technology.

The practice center located in AAU pharmacy campus was inaugurated in the presence of Dr. Mulu Nega, State Minster of Science & Higher Education, Philippe Wang, Executive Vice-President of Huawei Northern Africa, and Prof. Tassew Weldehanna, President of AAU.

The project will help the University to train more than 2000 engineers including students and teachers to boost talent ecosystem of Ethiopia in the coming three years.

As part of the cooperation, Huawei installed the up-to-date telecom equipment in AAU pharmacy campus for educational purpose.

After 3 years’ know-how transfer, Addis Ababa University will gain 100% ownership of the ICT Practice Center. The 2.1 Million USD investment of the project includes donation scope of 1.9 Million USD worth equipment for training and demonstration, and Train the Trainer program to Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) teaching staff.

AAU president Prof. Tassew said the center “will serve not only our university, but for all Ethiopians. I would like to thank Huawei for this great initiative.”

During the ceremony, Huawei also announced a 30,000 USD scholarship fund to Addis Ababa University for 10 postgraduate students annually within 3 years.

“Building a long-term relation and platform for resource sharing, joint development efforts and mutual benefits is the responsibility for us all,” said Philippe Wang, CEO of Executive Vice-President of Huawei Northern Africa.

“I firmly believe Huawei-AUU ICT Practice Center, together with Huawei ICT Academy will be the cornerstone in achieving this common target,” he added.

Huawei is currently implementing multiple projects including its flagship program Huawei ICT Academy. Since first ICT academy launched in 2018, Huawei has partnered with 36 universities on educational activities.

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