In an event that showcased the talent and potential of Trinidad and Tobago’s youth, three representatives from the College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) recently returned from a successful trip to the Huawei Seeds of the Future (SFTF) program in Costa Rica. These students, Ravina Kanhai, Salisha Williamson, and Chantelle Pierre, were not only invited to meet with Minister of Digital Transformation, Senator the Honourable Hassell Bacchus but also received accolades for their achievements. Their inspiring journey has gained national recognition, highlighting COSTAATT’s emphasis on IT’s role in fueling the nation’s digital evolution.
The Huawei Seeds of the Future programme, held from October 9 to 16 in Costa Rica, brought together bright minds from Trinidad and Tobago’s higher education institutions, including the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and the University of the West Indies (UWI). These students earned the opportunity to travel abroad to explore the latest developments in technology and innovation under the guidance of Huawei, a global technology leader.
During their visit to Minister Bacchus’s offices at Level 17, Tower C, International Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, the students showcased the projects they had developed during their participation in the SFTF programme. Minister Bacchus was pleased with their presentations, especially the leadership exhibited by COSTAATT’s Ravina Kanhai, who led the team. The Minister conveyed sentiments on behalf of the Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, underlining the vital role that initiatives like SFTF play in advancing the country’s digital transformation agenda.
Minister Bacchus’s encouragement to maintain the ongoing national collaboration highlights the importance of collective efforts in harnessing technology for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago. This recognition from a government minister signifies a significant step towards the integration of technology into the national development agenda.
In addition to Minister Bacchus, the students were joined by Mr. Evan Zhou, CEO and Country Manager of Huawei Technology T&T Ltd. Mr. Zhou expressed his sincere gratitude to the students, lecturers, and partnering institutions, reiterating Huawei’s commitment and support for Trinidad and Tobago’s education sector. This re-affirmation of support from a tech giant shows the promise of productive partnerships between tertiary institutions and private industry to boost the nation’s technology capabilities.
Ms. Tricia Henry, Public Relations Manager of Huawei Caribbean, paid tribute to the entire team and all the partnering institutions and the Ministry of Digital Transformation for their collective efforts. She also announced that among the ninety-two (92) participants, three special awards were given to recognize outstanding achievement. One of these awards went to Trinidad UTT student Tanveer Dhanpaul, who demonstrated exceptional self-study and completion of exam modules in record time. Additionally, Ms. Ravina Kanhai received an award for her exemplary leadership throughout the SFTF programme.
Congratulations to our students, and a heartfelt thanks to all those who made their success possible. Together, we can propel Trinidad and Tobago into a more digitally connected and technologically advanced future.