As part of a three-year agreement secured by the State Government of Victoria, some of the state's best and brightest IT students will have the opportunity to travel to China and learn from the world's largest telecommunications supplier – Huawei Technologies.

Under the program, fifteen students from RMIT University will visit Huawei's R&D facilities, logistics hubs and manufacturing plants, and work with global technology experts.

The students will also get to experience life on campus at the Beijing Language and Cultural University.

Developed in partnership with the Australian Technology Network of Universities, the program aims to prepare students for careers in the booming digital technology industry and expose the students to the vast and emerging opportunities in China and Asia.

A further 15 Victorian RMIT students will participate in industry workshops held at Huawei National Innovation and Training Centre in Sydney.

The announcement coincided with a government visit to Huawei's expansive global headquarters and R&D facility in Shenzhen, China, which included meetings with senior executives, global smart city experts and briefings on the development of 5G mobile networks, and the Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Huawei's commitment to training 15 Victorian RMIT University students falls under the company's Seeds for the Future program that reinforces the Victorian Government's commitment to skills development and training.

Victoria's digital technology sector employs 83,000 people, accounts for nearly one third of Australia's tech workforce, and is home to eight thousand comapnies. 

Victoria is fast establishing itself as an international hub for digital technology companies and startups, and Melbourne produces more digital technology graduates than any other city in Australia.

Victoria's internationally competitive digital technology sector is leading the way in collaborative research services, data analytics, software development, delivery and support – strengthened by the Innovation Expert Panel, comprising of leading entrepreneurs, educators and private sector representatives.