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Nanyang Polytechnic to set up first ICT Academy in Singapore

Nanyang Polytechnic to set up first ICT Academy in Singapore

Last
week, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) confirmed its partnership with Huawei
Technologies Co. Ltd (Huawei) to set up the first Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) Academy in Singapore.

According
to the press
release
by Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT)
solutions provider, the collaboration will see the establishment of the first
Huawei Authorised Information Network Academy (HAINA) in Singapore, as part of
Huawei’s global initiative to support ICT skills development.

The Huawei-NYP
partnership places a strong emphasis on addressing the shortage of ICT
professionals in Singapore by joint research, education and training
programmes. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the not-for-profit
academy HAINA allows NYP to deliver Huawei Certification training to their
students.

This
partnership aims to create a bridge between academia and industry to nurture
ICT talent, equip students with ICT skills necessary for employment and
cultivate a future workforce to fill the global ICT skills gap. It will also
see the two parties set up a platform for technical collaborations between
industry and government partners.

“We
believe this collaboration will allow our students to be better equipped with
industry relevant ICT skills to meet the industry’s strong demand for trained
expertise. With this edge, they are well-poised to help transform the industry
and work towards our vision of a Smart Nation,” said Mr Lee Youn Kay, Director
of NYP’s School of Engineering.

Through
the HAINA, NYP students will gain practical hands-on experience and get
industry certification in networking technologies, security, cloud computing technologies,
IT storage systems and big data. Students will also be able to download a
personal copy of Huawei’s Enterprise Network Simulation Platform (eNSP)
networking simulator, an essential learning tool that helps enhance their
professional skills and lets them experience Huawei’s enterprise network
equipment.

It
is expected to benefit about 300 students at NYP’s School of Engineering and
School of Information Technology in the initial term of two years.

 “Huawei has a strong focus on helping the next
generation develop the skills needed to drive innovations in technology.
Huawei’s HAINA programme is part of our wider commitment to STEM education as
well as research and development. We are confident that our partnership with
Nanyang Polytechnic will give students the opportunity to learn new and
relevant industry skills, enabling them to fulfil their ambitions in science
and technology and contribute to Singapore’s digital economy,” said Mr Zhou
Danjin, President of Southern Pacific Enterprise Business Group, Huawei.

Huawei
is currently cooperating with over 350 universities to open Huawei ICT
academies around the world, with about 200 in China. Last year, the Academy
trained over 12,500 students globally. Among them, 4000 students received
certifications for their skills.

Under
the HAINA programme, Huawei also runs a global annual “Skills Competition” for
students, giving local country winners the opportunity to visit China for the
finals and compete with students from across the globe.

This
is not NYP’s first collaboration with industry partner in technology sector to work
towards Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. In last
October
, NYP agreed to work with Samsung Electronics Singapore (Samsung) to
develop smart solutions for food and beverage (F&B) industry. These solutions
include e-wallets, wearable technology, digitalised front-of-house services and
integrated point-of sale systems.

The NYP-Samsung
partnership sealed their intent to accelerate F&B digitalisation and
enhance dining experiences on three fronts: manpower development, technology
integration and innovative solutions.