Tech giant Huawei  

invites Danish IT students to China

2011.04.06

Chinese tech giant Huawei sponsors new exchange programme to encourage cross-cultural innovation by Danish IT and engineering students. Cooperation between Huawei, Invest in Denmark and Danish universities has made the exchange programme possible.

10 carefully selected Danish IT and engineering students were present during the official launch event yesterday evening of the “Inspiring cross-cultural innovation” programme sponsored by Huawei. All 10 Danish master level students will soon be travelling to China for a high-tech and cultural trip.

“We are expanding our business in Denmark and for us it’s important to learn more about the Danish culture, values and competencies of the students. By giving them the opportunity to go to China we are hopeful that we will have a mutual exchange of experiences”, said James Chen, Managing Director Huawei Nordics & Baltics.

During the trip to China the students will visit Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, including the data centre, logistics centre, production centre and Huawei’s own university. The final destination of the trip is Huawei’s state of the art R&D centre in Shanghai that employs over 8 000 engineers. Cultural sessions and visits to landmarks to increase the understanding of China and local customs are also part of the itinerary. The idea was initially presented to the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Lene Espersen, in November 2010 during a meeting with Huawei’s, CEO, Mr. Ren Zhengfei at the R&D center in Shanghai.

“The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented by Invest in Denmark, encourages and supports building ties to cutting edge companies such as Huawei. We are glad to be part of this setup and hope to see even more collaboration and partnership between Huawei and the R&D community in Denmark now, and in the future,” said Anne H Steffensen, State Secretary for Trade and Corporate Affairs, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The selected students are all highly talented master students in the field of engineering specialising in IT & Telecommunications from DTU, Aalborg University, Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark.

“The world is becoming a global village where collaboration and exchange of ideas is the key to success and further prosperity.  We are convinced that the selected students will all benefit enormously from the ‘cross-culture’ experience awaiting them,” says Professor Kim Guldstrand Larsen at Aalborg University.

Huawei was recently awarded the Economist Innovation Award and has been ranked among the top 4 global patent applicants by the World Intellectual Property Organization since 2007.

Read more about the Danish ICT cluster and the great possibilities within research and development in Denmark or contact our ICT experts for further information: Nicholas Enersen (DK): +45 3392 1124, nicene@um.dk or Tom Hu (CN): +86 136 6142 9828, junlhu@um.dk.

 

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