Huawei and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have announced the launch of the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA), authorising the university to deliver Huawei certification courses to its students.

This will be the fifth accreditation in South Africa following established programs with the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the Durban University of Technology (DUT) as well as the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).

Through HAINA, IT students at Wits will gain ICT technology knowledge as well as hands-on practical training experiences. Students who go through the HAINA lab will obtain HCNA/P-Cloud Computing certification. Additionally, HAINA-trained graduates will be given first priority for internships and employment opportunities at Huawei and its partner companies.

Huawei certification covers 10 fields and 12 technical directions.

“The University of Witwatersrand is proud to partner with a global leader like Huawei to bring about competitive ICT skills for our senior students,” says Professor Ebrahim Momoniat, Professor of applied mathematics and deputy dean of research in the faculty of science at Wits. “We look forward facilitating a closer interaction between academia and the industry to help strengthen and provide highly demanded human resources for the IT and telecom fields in the region.”

Linda Razzino, channel service manager of the Huawei Enterprise Business Group of South Africa, says the company is committed to the continuous knowledge-sharing and development of the technical workforce for the sustainable growth of the ICT ecosystem.

“As an international ICT innovator, Huawei actively works with partners on joint projects dedicated to up skilling educational environments and providing the youth with more opportunities meet the ICT ecosystem’s long-term need for talent.”

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