Cisco to Arabise networking academies in the Middle East

Cisco is aiming to show its commitment to the Arabic market by Arabising its Networking Academy Programme (CNAP), said Roland Griffiths, director, Middle East and North Africa, Cisco Systems.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  January 30, 2001

The Cisco Networking Academy Programme (CNAP) is to be Arabised in the Middle East, said Roland Griffiths, director, Middle East and North Africa, Cisco Systems.

Cisco is aiming to show its commitment to the Arabic market and feels localising their training programme is an important step towards this. “Although some of our customers have said Arabisation is not essential to them, our commitment to this market is long term and Arabisation is a significant step towards establishing and maintaining that commitment,” added Griffiths. Arabising CNAP is a significant investment on Cisco’s behalf, as it involves the continual updating of software and teaching programmes.

CNAP was first introduced into the region early last year and is now in place in the UAE Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon. CNAP intends to close the shortfall in classic academic education and modern networking technologies. The programme provides students of various different ages with hands on and theoretical networking training.

Cisco has invested a significant amount of time and money in establishing CNAP. The process involves appointing a regional academy, such as a university, and providing them with free networking facilities and ‘train the trainer’ – instruction for members of the prospective regional academy. It also involves smaller, local academies, such as colleges and higher learning institutes, which are in turn trained by the regional academies.

CNAP is becoming all the more important in the face of the skills crisis hitting the IT industry. The biggest obstacle in Cisco’s drive towards recently announced e-fficiency strategy is the lack of skilled IT workers, Griffiths commented.

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