Huawei, NUST join hands to develop AI-enabled talent in Pakistan

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Zubair Qureshi

Huawei Pakistan and the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join hands in the development of talent within Pakistan’s artificial intelligence (AI) sector.

The MoU reaffirms an existing 5-year healthy partnership between both entities.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Rector of NUST, Lt Gen (R) Engr Javed Mahmood Bukhari, Pro-Rector for Research, Innovation & Commercialization, Air Vice Marshal Dr. Rizwan Ria, Huawei Middle East Vice President, Li Xiangyu (Spacelee), Huawei Pakistan Deputy CEO, Wuhan, Vice President of Huawei EBG Service, Kyle Zhang and members from both organizations.

The programme is yet another enterprise-academic collaboration that explores the possibilities to integrate Huawei’s AI HCIA/HCIP course contents into AI-related courses offered by the university, and consequently, boost ICT talent in Pakistan, said a press statement issued by the Huawei.

NUST, being the leading university in the country in S&T and Engineering, is recognized worldwide for the quality of education and research it offers, it further said.

On the occasion, Rector Javed Mahmood stated,” I firmly believe that from today onwards we will take our relationship to the next level.

This bilateral relationship between Huawei and NUST is characterized by feelings of mutual interest, respect and goodwill towards each other.”

VP of Huawei Middle East Li Xiangyu (Spaceless) said, “Huawei attaches great importance to technology transfer and ICT talent cultivation in Pakistan, these programmes include Seeds for the Future, AI training and 51 Huawei ICT Academies that have been established throughout Pakistan and have certified 10,000 people.

Huawei will share its best practices and knowledge with NUST, providing AI knowledge transfer so that NUST students have the opportunity to connect with the industry at an early stage.

Furthermore, future cooperation in the fields of intelligent computing, cloud computing is also being planned.”

Recent AI research will be shared with the NUST faculty and students so that they may benefit from the most secure, advanced solutions to improve the value of their academic programmes.

Through such programmes, Huawei and NUST shall support Pakistan’s national ICT education initiative, while sharing expertise that contributes to actualizing the vision for Digital Pakistan.