Cisco praises IT ladies

Cisco and Dubai Women’s College representatives lauded the efforts and successes of Middle Eastern women in the IT industry, during a roundtable debate in Dubai this morning.

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By  Duncan MacRae Published  March 8, 2007

Cisco and Dubai Women’s College representatives lauded the efforts and successes of Middle Eastern women in the IT industry, during a roundtable debate in Dubai this morning. The discussion, aptly taking place on International Women’s Day, highlighted the vast progress that has been made in the industry by the region’s fairer sex in recent years. Initiatives and success stories that cropped up included a Cisco investment in a Linksys digital home and small business project with the college, and Cisco’s work with the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in MEA. Dubai Women’s College is just one of many institutions to have benefited from Cisco’s networking academy set up ten years ago, which has been helping to bridge the networking, information and communications gap (ICT) around the world. “Improving technical skills, especially amongst women, is key as the network has become the fabric that helps people to communicate, collaborate, and conduct business,” explained Cisco’s Sue Bostrom, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of global policy and government affairs. “Our work with women through Cisco’s networking academy programme and sponsorship of International Women’s Day illustrates how important Cisco believes diversity and the role of women in technology is, both within Cisco and outside,” she added. Since its inception in 1989, the Dubai Women’s College has furthered its commitment to developing the educational and technology skills of women in the UAE, according to the college’s associate director, Dr Behjat Al Yousuf. “We have worked with leading technology firms, such as Cisco, to revolutionise the level of IT knowledge amongst our female students. Our main objective was to create insights, opportunities, growth and development for women within the information and communications technology sector. “The introduction of the Cisco networking academy at the Dubai Women’s College was highly received by our female students. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with Cisco and the they key role they play in the development of local technology skills,” Al Yousuf added. The college’s latest batch of graduates to venture out into the IT industry in search of work have experienced 100% employment with the likes of Du telecom and Dubai e-government.

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