Hong Kong ICT Awards 2016

Best Professional Development Grand Award

Cisco Systems (HK) Ltd.
Cisco Networking Academy Program in Hong Kong

The Cisco Networking Academy® Program was founded in the US in 1997, and was launched in Hong Kong and Macau in 1998. At present, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP®) courses are offered free to over 40 secondary and higher education institutes in Hong Kong, benefiting more than 3,000 local students annually.

CCNA and CCNP certified courses include lectured and hands-on lab/experiment based components, which are enriched and enhanced by multi-media content and online self-learning platform.
Through this Program, Cisco has continued to partner successfully with the government, NGOs and the business and education sectors to contribute to education and community development. A variety of initiatives have included:

1. "Cisco Night School" where Cisco's Hong Kong staff provide students free training courses on advanced IT networking technologies and applications;

2. "Cisco Youth Ambassador Program" -- a 40-members volunteer group comprising of vocational school students;

3. Free CCNA training courses in collaboration with the Education Bureau for secondary school IT teachers.

Looking ahead, Cisco Hong Kong is committed to its tireless pursuit towards advancing IT education and development for the future generation, and will continue to deploy resources to rally and consolidate support from all sectors towards building a prosperous and harmonious society through IT education and development.

Comments from Judging Panel

The networking courses, via the academies of vocational training institutes and secondary schools, well enhance the widespread awareness of ICT deployment for the younger generation and equip them with a good technical foundation for the future. The effort of the company in delivering the courses in Chinese also demonstrates its passion in reaching more potential students. More importantly, the worldwide recognition of the certification provides the students with a good asset to enter into the industry and remind them the importance of continuous development in their career path.

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