NEWS IN ENGLISH | Vodafone and Huawei support the training of engineers at Óbuda University
Vodafone and Huawei support the training of engineers at Óbuda University
2018-03-06 14:13:00

In the presence of the state secretary for education Mr. László Palkovics, Vodafone Hungary and Huawei Technologies Hungary have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Óbuda University, in which the parties express their intention to further promote the Institute of Communication Engineering operating at the university's Kandó Kálmán Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and to support the practical education of talents studying there. In addition to the signing, awards won in the student application scheme titled 'SmartCity opportunities on 5G mobile infrastructure' opened jointly by the two companies and the university were also handed over to students.

As a result of one-and-a-half years of planning and collaboration, last year the Vodafone 4G Lab was created for the Telecommunications Institute operating at the university's Kandó Kálmán Faculty for Electrical Engineering. The lab has been fitted out to an outstanding standard both in domestic and international terms, and it aims to boost the practical knowledge of future network engineers, seen by the labour market as an essential skill. With a view to further tightening the professional relationship, early this year Vodafone Hungary and Huawei Technologies Hungary opened a joint application scheme for students studying at the Institute of Communication Engineering of Óbuda University in the topic of 'SmartCity opportunities on 5G mobile infrastructure'. The result of the application scheme was announced at the professional day titled 'Travel with us to the future' which focussed on the intertwining of 5th generation mobile networks and digital smart cities and the technical challenges they pose. At the event the parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding, in which they express their commitment to further promoting the Institute of Communication Engineering operating at the university's Kandó Kálmán Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and to supporting the practical education of students. The event was also attended by Dr. László Palkovics, State Secretary responsible for education.

'One of the key challenges in education policy-making is that the future we need to prepare students for is largely unknown to us as well today. Two-thirds of the children starting their primary education today will fill jobs that do not yet exist today. STEM is particularly characterised by fast development, but despite the fact that this is a very exciting sector, we have a permanent shortage of professionals in the country, and Hungarian economy would require that 40% of students graduate in STEM subjects instead of the 26% we have today. This is one reason why co-operation schemes like the one we concluded earlier today have such outstanding significance.' - explained Dr László Palkovics, Secretary of State responsible for education.

The co-operation scheme also aims to alleviate the shortage of engineers in Hungary through Óbuda University's professional support, and, ultimately, by turning engineering into an even more attractive career choice. With this in mind, Vodafone Hungary relies on its knowledge and the technology available to the company to try and support the development of education. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Amrita Gangotra, Technology Director on behalf of Vodafone Hungary, Zheng Weifeng, CEO on behalf of Huawei Technologies Hungary and Dr. Mihály Réger, Rector on behalf of Óbuda University.

Dean of the University, Dr. Mihály Réger highlighted that Óbuda University was the largest institute of higher education in the country training electrical engineers, where graduating students finish their studies with competitive knowledge applicable in practice. One of the keys to this is that the University, including the Kandó Kálmán Faculty of Electrical Engineering, not only offers theoretical education, but also operates labs where students can study the operation and characteristics of equipment also used in the industry through up-to-date devices. The Faculty traditionally maintains a very close relationship with industrial partners both in education and research and development. This is one of the reasons why students can obtain practical skills though lab measurements. The introduction of dual training supports the further development of practice-oriented education. Starting from the autumn of this year, first graders will be able to choose from a total of 371 dual intern positions.

'For a technology company like us, the development of digital knowledge is a key objective, as future networks will be built by future generations, so it's in our shared interest to elevate the education of professionals to the highest possible standard in Hungary. We try and support this process by all possible means. This is one of the reasons why we created the 4G lab at the university last year, and this is also why this Memorandum of Understanding came to exist, in which we express our commitment to continuing our support for the training of engineers.' - explained Amrita Gangotra, Technology Director at Vodafone Hungary.

Weifeng Zheng, Chief Execution Officer of Huawei Technologies Hungary, has highlighted, that for better economic and social development Huawei has invested into and gives full support to national ICT talent development with schemes like the SEEDs for the Future program. It is a 2-week trip to China organized annually since 2014 for 10 engineering students to study the latest ICT technologies. He also told the audience of engineering students who will drive future development the growth of societies. 5G mobile networks will be the key enablers of high-speed, low-latency wireless broadband services like Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, augmented reality and connected vehicles. It will be an essential requirement for business users such as the automotive industry, the health and Government sectors, factories, and smart cities.

In addition to signing the Memorandum of Understanding, participants could also listen to a presentation by Amrita Gangotra about the development of mobile networks, followed by a panel discussion on the future shaped by 5G and smart cities. The topic was debated by Su Wei, Technical Director at Huawei Technologies Hungary, Stelios Savvides, Head of Mobile Network Development at Vodafone Hungary, Balázs Tóth, journalist writing for the technology column of and András Kánai futurologist, moderated by Tamás Koi, journalist at