Chinese mobile device manufacturer Huawei has sent 11 Australian ICT undergraduate students to China for a three-week education program.
Each student is currently studying an ICT course and is travelling to China as part of the China exchange -- Huawei Australia undergraduate work experience program. Participating schools include Macquarie University, University of Ballarat, University of Melbourne, LaTrobe University, Deakin University, Monash University, Victoria University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Swinburne University and Box Hill TAFE.
Students were selected based on academic performance and interest in technology and China, Huawei said. Nine of the students have come from the state of Victoria.
"The program is complementary to the Victorian Coalition Government's focus on building cultural and business ties with China and furthering the capabilities of our already strong Victorian ICT industry," said Victoria technology minister Gordon Rich-Phillips.
Rich-Phillips visited Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, China, in September 2012 as part of a Coalition Government trade mission.
"Huawei wants to ensure that Australia's best and brightest ICT students are well-equipped to drive the future development of Australia's ICT industry," said Huawei Australia chairman John Lord.
"Huawei is investing in our next generation of ICT experts, and partnering with local universities has proven to be a win-win for students and Huawei Australia."
Huawei is also a member of Macquarie University's electronic engineering partnership program, sponsoring two students each year with $5,000 scholarships. The company also hosts a joint training centre with the RMIT and is a member of the University of Melbourne's Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society.
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