USIU-Africa and Cisco Systems have launched the Cisco Networking Academy, a global education program offering professional certifications leading to ICT careers such as network security and administration, technical support, and healthcare IT; and higher education in engineering, computer science, and related fields.
The Academy will not only give the students an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the networking field , it will also be a platform for the students to experience and engage with rich content through the integration of technical skill training in their curriculum to achieve a holistic outlook.
“We offer quality certification programs in partnership with IBM, Microsoft, Linux, EC – Council, and our partnership with Cisco Systems is a great addition to our ever growing number of superior certifications that USIU-Africa offers. This certifications are an interlink of learning between the degree courses and practical skills that prepares the students for the dynamic ICT world,” said the Vice chancellor Prof Paul Zeleza during the launch.
“This partnership reemphasizes our commitment to invest in offering of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs which will fundamentally improve Africa’s competitiveness in technology development, and in turn transform our society through new inventions,” he added.
“The Cisco Networking Academy has equipped more than 5.5 million students in 165 countries with networking skills so far, and this partnership with USIU-Africa provides a vital long-term solution in the form of creating a highly-skilled and well-trained local work force. This is critical for accelerating and sustaining economic growth, “said Cisco Corporate Affairs manager East, Central and Southern Africa, Hital Muraj.
“Globally, the tremendous growth in information and communications technology makes it critically important that today’s employees are equipped for the future with the right skills to enable them to respond to the changing needs of our society,” she concluded.