Cisco introduces Cisco Networking Academy programs in ORT-sponsored Russian schools

Telecom Lead Russia: Networking major Cisco has partnered
with ORT Russia, a global education and vocational training non-governmental
organization, to introduce Cisco Networking Academy programs in six
ORT-sponsored Russian schools.


Under the agreement, Cisco will provide free access to
educational courses from its Networking Academy portfolio and ORT
will contribute towards betterment of academies across Russia.


Networking Academy programs have already opened in six
ORT-sponsored Russian educational establishments.


“The Cisco Networking Academy helps to develop
networking and IT skills which play a key role in modern global economy.
Cooperation between Cisco and IITE will be an extension of previously
announced long-term Cisco initiatives aimed at the development and
modernization of IT education in Russia,” said Mikhail Pakhomov, government
affairs director, Cisco Russia.


ORT said that one of its top priorities in Russia and
other countries of the former Soviet Union is to create favorable conditions
for intensive ICT study in local secondary schools.


“It is especially important for us that the schools
which are adopting the Cisco Networking Academy include the ORT
‘overcome-the-digital-divide’ partners. The project is to provide equal IT
access to various social groups including those with special educational
requirements,” said Sergei Gorinsky, director, ORT Russia.


The Networking Academy program includes a number of
innovative training aids, such as Virtual Lab and Cisco Packet Tracer.


Cisco and ITE to develop connected learning environment
at Chua Chu Kang campus

Last year, Cisco and the Institute of Technical Education
(ITE) announced the development of a connected learning environment at the ITE
campus in Chua Chu Kang.


The interactive and learning laboratories, called the
ITE-Cisco Collaboration Technologies Center offers technical education and
training in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Singapore
through the Cisco Networking Academy.


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