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Cisco expands commitment to Myanmar

Nurdianah Md Nur | April 8, 2013
It has invested in a channel partner network and appointed first two Cisco Networking Academies in the country.

As part of its long-term plan to build a "Smart and Connected Myanmar", Cisco has invested in a channel partner network and appointed the first two Cisco Networking Academies at the University of Computer Studies, Yangon (UCSY) and University of Computer Studies, Mandalay (UCSM).

Cisco is providing training and development to grow the partner business. With genuine Cisco products and software being offered through Cisco authourised distributors in Thailand to channel partners in Myanmar, businesses can better manage software licensing, warranty and technical support issues.

Cisco authourised channel partners are also trained to help ensure that network equipment is regularly upgraded and software is up-to-date, protecting the integrity of the network.

Networking Academy programme

The establishment of the Cisco Networking Academy programme is in line with Cisco's belief that education and Internet are two great equalisers in society that are vital for Myanmar's long-term growth and prosperity.

Cisco's Networking Academy programme uses a public-private partnership with educational institutions, non-profits, governments and other international and local agencies to create what it claims to be the "world's largest classroom".

The programme will provide students with critical information technology (IT) and networking skills to design, build, and maintain the infrastructure highway so as to increase the number of job-ready graduates for the country's information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

"The Cisco Networking Academy programme will equip students in Myanmar with industry relevant skills that are globally recognised, providing them with ICT skills for the 21st century workforce, as they transform the country and their communities," said Sandy Walsh, regional director of Cisco's Social Innovation Group in Asia Pacific.

Cisco is donating networking equipment for labs and providing 21st century career skills training for up to 15 faculty staff from the two universities to support the programme.

The Cisco Networking Academy programme in Myanmar is in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development and is one of over 10,000 Networking Academies in 165 countries so far.


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