The local subsidiary of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has launched a transfer of knowledge programme called Program SmartGen for 2,000 students from seven Indonesian universities to allow them to learn information and communications technology (ICT) through various subprograms in China this year.
"We want to inspire them to develop ICT in various sectors, not just in communications but also healthcare, transportation and other sectors," Huawei Indonesia CEO Liu Haosheng told The Jakarta Post after the launch on Monday.
The subprograms include "Seeds for the Future" two-week internship programs at Huawei offices in China, a three-month internship programme at Huawei Indonesia called "Student Internship", and "Smart Campus Consultancy", which helps universities develop Smart Campus initiatives with expert support.
The seven participating universities are the University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University, Telkom University, Diponegoro University, Padjajaran University and Ten November Institute of Technology.
Before the launch of this programme, the company had given more than 1,000 university students similar opportunities every year since 2009.
Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara added that the programme should also allow students to meet with Chinese regulators to learn about policies that support the development of the ICT sector.