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Torres Strait Islander student set for dream China trip with Huawei

Published:21 November 2019

CQUniversity Cairns Information Technology student Zed Hankin (pictured top and below with other students) is set to embark on a trip of a lifetime to China as part of the Huawei Seeds for the Future program.

Torres Strait Islander student Zed Hankin embarked on a trip of a lifetime to China last Saturday (23 Nov), as part of the Huawei Seeds for the Future program.

He will be visiting both Beijing and Huawei's global headquarters in Shenzhen as part of the trip

The CQUniversity Cairns Information Technology student is a graduate of the Clontarf Foundation’s education program – of which Huawei has been a long-time sponsor - which helps to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Huawei selected Zed as one of 24 high-achieving students who will form the 2019 Seeds for the Future program, in its seventh year of operations, having already taken some 150 Australian students to China as part of the program.

Zed and his fellow Seeds for the Future students will begin their trip in Beijing where they will be studying Mandarin and learning about Chinese culture at the highly prestigious Beijing Language and Cultural University.

They will then travel down to Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen where they will have the chance to meet senior Huawei executives and gain key insights on how the Huawei operates its $140 billion global technology business, that operates in over 170 countries.

Zed says he hopes his China trip will be an amazing and insightful experience that will benefit his future endeavors, after completion of his degree.

“I really love technology and all the amazing things that it enables, so with Asia being such an important technology hub, I would love to work there one day," he says.

“Hopefully the rise of technology innovation in Asia will help generate lots more jobs for Australians in the future in the IT field.

"This will be a great opportunity to expand my horizons and see what the tech sector has to offer."