KAMPALA, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei on Tuesday signed an agreement with Uganda's Makerere University to set up an Information Communication Technology (ICT) academy at the institution.
The academy, which will start operation next month after the lecturers who will be teaching get certified by Huawei, will offer hands-on training, promote ICT industry technology certification, and develop ICT industry talent and a strong learning ecosystem, said Huawei in a statement issued here.
The academy will run as a non-commercial cooperation project between Huawei and universities, colleges and other educational institutions all over the world.
Over 1,000 university students across the country would benefit from the project, said Liu Jiawei, Huawei's Managing Director for Uganda.
"Huawei has so far cooperated with more than 300 universities around the world and educates more than 10,000 students every year," said Liu.
Frank Tumwebaze, Ugandan minister of ICT and national guidance, thanked Huawei for its consistent skilling and talent nurturing of Ugandans, noting that the initiative is in line with the digital strategy of transforming Uganda into a middle income country.
After establishing the academy at Makerere University, it will move on to establish others in different universities across the country, according to Huawei.