At the Asia Universities Summit organized by Times Higher Education, Huawei’s Director of the Board of Directors and President of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Mr. William Xu was invited to speak online on the topic of “Cooperation” industry and universities to innovate and nurture talent”. During the keynote, he shared the approaches and implementations that Huawei adopted in its cooperation with universities on innovation, joint research, talent incubation and organizing meetings. technology construction.
“Huawei is working with universities to build an innovative open platform for joint research and talent incubation. Through the dual dynamics of vision and applied research, industry and academia need to work together to identify ‘top challenges’ and rapidly innovate. These efforts aim to solve the problems facing the industry as well as create breakthrough achievements.”Mr. William Xu said. He also added that Huawei has invested $400 million in universities in 2021 and is expected to invest more to promote extensive cooperation in the future.
Chairman William Xu also outlined Huawei’s approach to cooperation with universities. He emphasized, the first step must be to build an innovative open platform that attracts all parties to research and nurture talents. The academic block is the guiding beacon for the industry, so they need to dedicate themselves to basic research and solve long-term challenges through original inventions 0 to 1. Parallel Therefore, the industry should utilize its advantage in the technical field to overcome the technical and industrialization challenges that arise in a variety of situations.
In addition, universities, research institutes and businesses should clearly identify “top challenges”. This will help them reach consensus on industry visions and challenges, and discover next-generation technologies. The dual drive of vision and applied research will lead industry and academia to conduct research on fundamental theories and cutting-edge technologies across fields. Working together, we can ensure that our research and talented people stay up to date with the latest developments.
Huawei currently works extensively with more than 300 universities and 900 research institutes worldwide. In 2021, Huawei invested $400 million to promote cooperation with universities. The industry can now work with universities to design programs and courses, train joint talent, and organize technology competitions to spot and cultivate talent at multiple levels. From the industry point of view, Chairman William Xu proposed five actions to promote cooperation between industrial enterprises and universities:
(1) Continue to support fundamental research and breakthrough technology, continuous innovation in the industry;
(2) Working together to raise problems and find ways to solve them, making breakthroughs to overcome the mainstream challenges of the industry;
(3) Work together to optimize the design of programs and courses, and foster linkages between the business and academic sectors to incubate the talent needed;
(4) Collaborate to encourage innovation by building platforms such as joint labs, tech contests, Chaspark open access platform, Seeds for the Future and research programs post-doctorate helps to discover and nurture talents;
(5) Enhance talent exchange between universities and industry to accelerate the transition from theory to practice.
Putting these five actions into practice, Huawei has focused on finding and nurturing top talent by supporting international technology competitions, broadening the horizons of students participating in those competitions, and present the top challenges for them to solve. At the same time, Huawei also works closely with the Ministry of Education of China to design programs and courses, train senior personnel, train excellent engineers, remodel important national laboratories, tackle industry challenges, building smart partnerships between universities and industry to incubate talent.