CISCO digital skills training uptake rises in MEA region

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The Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) has recorded a 27% increase in the number of students trained for digital skills across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), over a one-year period.

A total of 378,900 students in the region were trained in FY20, compared to 297,800 students in FY19.

The NetAcad platform has now developed into an ever-expanding community of students, educators, employers, NGOs, Cisco employees and customers working to build a digitally-ready future.

The Academy was designed to be a globally-connected platform that enables students to learn from anywhere. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cisco has been working around-the-clock to provide the tools and resources required to move to a fully virtual learning environment.

“Our commitment to students remains that, irrespective of age or geography, we will continue to bridge the gap and make upskilling an attainable opportunity for all,” said Reem Asaad, Vice President, Cisco Middle East & Africa.

With the use of Cisco’s Webex platform, NetAcad students can continue to access classes virtually and gain proficiencies in critical areas including networking, IoT and cybersecurity.

In June 2020, the company introduced free training on ICT skills courses to citizens across Africa and the Middle East. Upon successful completion of a course, each student receives a certification from Cisco to help build their personal career path – whether starting from scratch or re-igniting their passion for a particular industry.

Cisco’s NetAcad is helping to futureproof job roles, and aid the transition towards more digitally-focused economies. Since its inception in MEA region, over 1.6 million students have been trained in countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.