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Cisco’s Networking Academy Program supports ICT skills and talent growth in Lebanon, as more young technology professionals qualify

: Tuesday, June 17 - 2014 @ 12:24

Cisco has seen strong success as a result of partnering with Lebanon’s leading educational institutions to support the country’s young technology professionals.

In anticipation of Lebanon’s growing need for technology professionals, Cisco’s Networking Academy is actively partnering on training and networking programs with the American University of Science and Technology, the Hariri Foundation, Lebanese American University, Lebanese University, Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Saint Joseph University, and Université Antonine.

“By partnering with Lebanon’s leading educational institutions, we’re dedicated to unlocking youth potential and driving job creation, while also boosting Lebanon’s economy and global competitiveness,” said Hani Raad, General Manager, Cisco Levant. “Lebanon has always served as a hub for creativity and innovation, with our Networking Academy partnerships providing Lebanon’s youth with the skills and opportunities to succeed.”

Cisco Networking Academy partnerships have driven innovative events, such as:

• Université Antonine recently hosted the first Cisco Student Networking Day, which gathered 300 students with 15 local companies.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Elias Bou Saab, Lebanon’s Minister of Education and Higher Education, who also presented a keynote speech, the event was also attended by Fr. Germanos, President, Université Antonine; Rony Darazi, Dean of Faculty and Engineering, Université Antonine; and Hani Raad, General Manager, Cisco Levant.
• Cisco Lebanon also recently hosted a graduation ceremony for its 70 Networking Academy students at the American University of Science and Technology.
• The American University of Science and Technology and The Lebanese University also jointly hosted the national finals of Cisco’s NetRiders competition, enabling Networking Academy students and alumni to showcase IT skills among talent recruiters, with four winners advancing to Cisco’s global competition.
• Lebanon also three Cisco Academy Support Centers and Instructors Training Centers, at the Hariri Foundation, Lebanese American University, and the Lebanese University.

Lebanon needs to create 23,000 jobs per year over the next decade, according to the World Bank, with technology holding high potential for job creation.

Cisco’s Networking Academy program helps students prepare for entry-level ICT jobs, additional training or education, and globally recognized certifications by equipping them with the skills needed to maintain networks that form the backbone of the global economy.

Since Cisco established its Lebanese office in 2000, there are now 29 Networking Academies in Lebanon, which have trained 12,772 students and currently enroll 2,302 active students and 63 instructors. More than 4,280 students have completed industry-leading certifications.

“Technology-related jobs are in increasing demand across Lebanon and the wider Middle East and North Africa, as the region grows its knowledge-based economy,” said Fr. Germanos, President, Université Antonine. “By partnering with Cisco, we’ve infused technology throughout our departments, driving our students — including women — into the wide range of careers in the ICT sector.”

“The growing youth population in MENA is driving the need for the right ICT skills to help them thrive in this ever changing world,” said Mohamed Jinini, Networking Academy Area Manager for Levant Countries at Cisco. “Cisco Networking Academies provide access to high-quality educational opportunities which provide the vocational training opportunities that will prepare Lebanese students to become members of the global 21st century workforce.”

Layale Abou Antoun
[email protected]
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