TechInAfrica – A 5G training course has been launched in South Africa by Huawei with the plan to expand it across the country. The training is aimed at ICT postgraduates at two Gauteng universities: Wits University in Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria (UP).
The training is part of Huawei’s ICT Talent Ecosystem Program that aims at supporting and driving ICT skills training and skills transfer in the country, particularly the latest 5G technologies, AI, cloud, and data services.
The Huawei Deputy CEO, Kian Chen, explained that research shows around 70% of all jobs are predicted to have an ICT component by 2020. He said, “As South Africa moves into the 4IR, no one must be left behind. Most future applications in the 4IR era will run in a 5G network and environment. That is why it is our privilege to start this 5G skills transfer in South Africa, and we are glad to partner with Wits and University of Pretoria (UP) to offer South Africa’s first 5G training for ICT students.”
Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor who spoke at the Wits University’s launching ceremony highlighted that as we’re moving to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), we will need skills, knowledge, innovation, as well as creativity as our weapons for development.
Prof. Zeblon Vilazaki added, “I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Huawei South Africa for their vision in planning, not just for the balance sheet and the bottom line, but also for the development and growth of human capital. This is an investment in the future and we are very happy to be associated with this 5G training program.”
Speaking about the training course of 5G technology in South Africa, Chen said: “We believe that South Africa’s talented young people have the potential to mature into world-class experts. By enhancing industry-academic cooperation, we, as an international ICT company, hope to make our contribution to achieving the country’s development goals.”