Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei is setting up a research laboratory in the Brazilian city of Campina Grande to train students in cloud computing. Scheduled to be operational by the start of April, the lab will also teach students how to develop computer applications.
The research center will be located at the premises of the Federal University of Campina Grande, one of the best-known educational institutions in the South American country.
This will be Huawei’s second such laboratory in Brazil, where the Chinese firm controls more than 40% of the telecommunications equipment market. A few months ago, Huawei signed an agreement with Brazil’s National Network for Teaching and Research to train students in data storage and IT governance.
The newest research lab will train about 30 students over the course of a year, with the first batch of students undergoing training in the first week of April. According to a statement from the University of Campina Grande, all students will face a test upon completion of the training and each one will receive a certificate.
During the training, students will visit Huawei’s ICT facilities, where they will get an overview of the telecom and information technology that the Chinese firm has put to use in the South American country.
According to Professor Kyller Costa Gorgônio of the Campina Grande University, the lab will play a critical role in grooming Brazil’s technology workforce because students will get a hands-on experience with software development.
“From making appointment with doctors to managing traffic lights on the streets, the software they write will carry out a number of tasks. Thus, the training program will enhance their competence, easing the task of gaining a job in the technology market,” Costa Gorgônio added.