On Friday 26 August, five AUT Computer and Engineering students headed to China with Huawei.
Over the next two weeks they’ll get the rare opportunity to go behind the doors of Huawei HQ in Shenzhen and see what is involved in being the world’s biggest telecommunications technology retailer.
In 2014, Huawei, the Chinese tech company teamed up with AUT for a partnership which gives computer science and engineering students the opportunity to travel to China to see its offices, R&D centre and factory and learn more about Chinese culture.
In 2016, the two week trip will include cultural experiences where in the first week, students will be immersed in Chinese culture, and visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
The second week they travel to Shenzhen for a technology crash-course involving hands-on-tutorials, lectures from key Huawei employees and factory tours.
You can follow their adventures here at http://autinchina.tumblr.com/
This year’s students are:
The head of External Relations & Development for the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Stephen Thorpe says it is an unprecedented opportunity for the students.
“The students are so lucky to be exposed to the day to day operations of one of the largest technology companies in the world. No technology companies in New Zealand come close to the enormity of the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen. What they learn in that week at Huawei HQ will hopefully inspire them to look at a future career in this incredibly fast-moving industry.”
He says AUT is extremely lucky to have a relationship with Huawei.
“This relationship demonstrates the importance AUT places on our students getting real world insights and experience. It shows how universities and big tech companies have the power to drive global growth and influence educational opportunities.”