The UNESCO World Higher Education concluded today. From May 18 to 20, Huawei spokespersons introduced Huawei talent programs, like Seeds for the future, as well as ICT Academy courses to policy makers, researchers and representatives of academia from around the world, and organized a workshop between students from Huawei Seeds for the Future community and MEP Alicia Homs in a workshop to provide a youth-led digital skill improvement proposal.

“The amount of new jobs created by digitalization is expected to more than offset the jobs that are lost. And the jobs that are going are ones that are repetitive, tiring, and dangerous”, said, Lesley White, Deputy VP of HR at Huawei’s Western Europe Region.

According to IMF, accelerated investment in both digitalization and sustainability is expected to create a net 5.7 million new jobs by 2030 in Europe.

Lesley White stressed that digitalization is not equal to full automation, and that while digitalization will decrease labour requirements for certain roles such as hazardous jobs or repetitive data-based jobs, digitalization, it will also create many jobs in new areas like engineering .

Huawei plays a key role in facilitating digitalization though various talent programs including Seeds for the Future courses and scholarship, ICT Academy, Women in Tech Campaign, and Huawei Tech Arena.

In the conference, Pallavi Malhotra, Director of Huawei Talent Alliance, presented the new courses of Huawei ICT Academy. Huawei ICT Academy provides a comprehensive curriculum suitable for everyone in a range of different technology areas. The Academy programme aims to address the global ICT skills gap by giving access to cutting-edge industry resources directly to students and teachers at universities and colleges.

Huawei events concluded with an interactive workshop led by Giorgia Epicoco, Senior EU Public Affairs Manager at Huawei, to find youth-led solutions to fill the digital skills gap in Europe. Giorgia Epicoco noted that in the EU there is a gap of 1.8 million experts caused by the skill mismatch, as also highlighted in the white paper on strategies to address the digital skills gap in the EU, jointly released in April with ALL DIGITAL. Mentored by MEP Alicia Homs and Victoria Sanz from ALL DIGITAL, young students and professionals proposed innovative ideas to develop coding skills through gamification and promote lifelong learning to close the generational gap in the digital age.

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