TAIPEI, Taiwan -- 18 December 2000 -- Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the internet, jointly with Taiwan's National Chaio Tung University, today announced the establishment of the first Cisco Academy Training Center (CATC) in North Asia. In addition, five prestigious universities in Taiwan have newly joined the Cisco Networking Academy Program.
Cisco has also received support from NCR which becomes the first corporate sponsor of the Networking Academy in the region.
Under the Networking Academy Program, as the CATC in North Asia, Chiao Tung University will be responsible for managing and supporting the Regional Academies (RAs) in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea.
In addition, five prestigious universities in Taiwan have agreed to join the Networking Academy as RAs, namely, National Cheng Kung University, National Chung Cheng University, National Taiwan Ocean University, National Taiwan Normal University and Tamkang University. Cisco will also provide these universities with professional instructor training and lab equipment.
"As a global leader in internet networking, Cisco has always been committed to training networking professionals for the new economy through e-learning and practical lab experience," said Larry Sun, Country Manager of Cisco Systems Taiwan. "The Cisco Networking Academy Program was established in the U.S. in 1997 and extended to Taiwan in 1998. We are very pleased to see such a fast development of this program and today we have eleven RAs and 35 LAs in Taiwan. The establishment of the first CATC in North Asia with Chiao Tung University further demonstrates our effort in networking education in Taiwan. This also marks a significant milestone of the development of the program in the region."
"Chiao Tung University sees the importance of both the academic and practical aspects of education. That is why we have been working closely with industry leaders to cultivate professional talents," said Chun-Yen Chang, President of Chiao Tung University. "The curriculum of the Cisco Networking Academy program focuses on designing, deploying and maintaining computer networks and provides students with the skill sets required for the Internet economy in the 21st century. We are proud to be the first CATC in North Asia and we will strive for nurturing and increasing the skills of networking professionals in Taiwan.. We also look forward to exchanging our technological knowledge with other North Asian countries through this meaningful education project."
In addition, NCR has become the first corporate sponsor of Networking Academy graduates. NCR will offer 32 Graduate Program opportunities to Networking Academy students across the Asia Pacific region, of which 6 will be offered in Greater China. The NCR Graduate Program will sponsor the selected graduates to pursue CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certification. Candidates must have passed the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) exam that the first four semesters of the Networking Academy prepares them for.
"NCR believes that at the heart of the Internet Revolution is the individual and without individuals with the right skills and abilities, it will be difficult for any country or business to sustain itself." said Charli Sha, Worldwide Customer Services Director of NCR Systems Taiwan Limited. "For this reason, we are keen to help the best and brightest individuals to pursue this profession. We are honored to offer the NCR Graduate Program for outstanding graduates of the Networking Academy to help them enhance their networking skills."
About National Chiao Tung University
National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) has five colleges: College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and College of Management. There are a total of 16 departments and 10 graduate institutes. The College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is the largest and also the first of its kind in Taiwan. By emphasizing both research and theory, and by combining technologies with humanities, NCTU creates a balanced and harmonious environment for academic pursuit. The campus is well designed with a range of facilities including the art gallery, the concert hall, the arts and communication center, the digital library (the first in Taiwan) and a sports stadium.
About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a US$6.2 billion leader in providing Relationship TechnologyTM solutions to customers worldwide in the retail, financial, communications, manufacturing, travel and transportation, and insurance markets. NCR's Relationship Technology solutions include privacy-enabled Teradata® warehouses and customer relationship management (CRM) applications, store automation and automated teller machines (ATMs). The company's business solutions are built on the foundation of its long-established industry knowledge and consulting expertise, value-adding software, global customer support services, a complete line of consumable and media products, and leading edge hardware technology. NCR employs 32,500 in 130 countries, and is a component stock of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. More information about NCR and its solutions may be found at www.ncr.com.
About Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Cisco news and information are available at www.cisco.com.
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