President of the Republic of Lithuania

New IT Innovation Center for Eastern Europe to be opened in Lithuania

2011-11-28

Monday, November 28, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Vice Presidents Qu Wenchu and Lu Yong of an IT giant - Chinese company "Huawei" - to discuss the perspectives of cooperation and investments in the sphere of innovations.

The President underlined that successful cooperation with "Huawei", established a year ago, is already yielding mutually beneficial results. Vilnius University, "Omnitel" and "Huawei" tomorrow will open an information technologies research laboratory which will become a center of innovations for the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe as a whole.

"Lithuania is among the leading players in the European IT and telecom market. We have not only the most advanced infrastructure but also highly qualified professionals. "Huawei" ïs one of the most innovative companies in the world. Cooperation with this company will serve to promote more rapid development of innovations as it will open new possibilities in the global IT market," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

The President during her visit to China in October last year participated in the Shanghai World EXPO and agreed with representatives of "Huawei" to organize the training course for Lithuanian students in this company and to establish an information technologies research center in Lithuania.

In July, ten IT students from Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and Vytautas Magnus University already underwent a training course in the Chinese company. Tomorrow Vilnius University, "Omnitel" and "Huawei" will open in Vilnius a research center of information technologies the activities of which will include the implementation of research programs, traineeships for researchers, and the development of modern technologies.

Dalia Grybauskaitė also stressed the importance of economic cooperation between Lithuania and China. The shuttle train "Saulė", which was launched last month and will connect China, Kazakhstan and Lithuania, should enhance the bilateral business relations even more, she said.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2011.11.28 15:37

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