Telecommunication giant Huawei announced Thursday the establishment of its European Institute, at the European Business Summit (EBS) which took place in Brussels.
Located in Leuven, Belgium, the Huawei European Institute will coordinate research institutions of this Chinese equipment manufacturer in Europe. This is an initiative of Huawei in its overall innovation strategy.
Huawei currently has 18 research institutions in eight European countries, with more than 1,200 researchers, to address next-generation network technologies (5G).
In his speech to the EBS, rotating CEO of Huawei Guo Ping said the European Institute would strengthen cooperation with European industrial and academic circles to promote "Europe 4.0", "Digital Europe" and "smart growth" in Europe.
The president of the Huawei European Institute is Zhou Hong, who is in charge since 2014 in research, standardization and technological cooperation of Huawei Europe. Its vice-president is Walter Weigel, former Director General of the European Institute for Telecommunications Standards (ETSI).
The establishment of the European Institute represents the will of Huawei to expand its investment in Europe. Being in Europe since 2000, Huawei has created more than 9,900 jobs there last year. In 2014, Huawei had more than 200 technical cooperation projects in Europe, participated in 17 "Framework Programs" and the "Horizon 2020" of the European Union (EU).