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Second Intake of Cisco Networking Academy students in Bina Nusantara University Graduate With Cisco Certified Network Associate accreditation

Graduates will get a good headstart with both a university degree and certification in Internet and networking skills
Apr 07, 2001

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- 7 April 2001 -- The second intake of Cisco Networking Academy students in Bina Nusantara University, a Regional Cisco Networking Academy, graduated today with forty of them passing the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examination with flying colours. The combination of CCNA certification and a university degree will give these students a good headstart over their contemporaries.

The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a partnership between Cisco Systems, education, business, government, and community organizations around the world that centers on teaching students to design, build, and maintain computer networks. The Program prepares students for the 21st Century workplace, while serving as a valuable model for e-learning. Bina Nusantara is one of seven Cisco Networking Academies operating in Indonesia.

Budi Hartono, a third-year computer science student and the top graduate of the second Cisco Networking Academy intake, was thrilled at his job prospects with the additional CCNA certification. "I will be graduating next year but I am already confident of securing a job in the Internet and networking industry with this certification," he said.

"The Cisco Networking Academy has been a great success with students from many different disciplines, not just computer science, queuing to get into the program. We already have over 200 signed up for the third intake so it is apparent that our students are very aware of the advantages that the program will give them," said Elda Susilowati, Director of Training at Bina Nusantara University.

Hermanto Murniadi, Cisco's Country Manager in Indonesia applauded the efforts from both the students and Bina Nusantara to ensure the success of the Cisco Networking Academy program. "These students have worked hard for the success they have achieved today but it is important to note that this is just the start to their careers in the Internet Economy. The tremendous pace of technological change means that we all have to constantly update and refresh our skills and knowledge in order to stay current," he said.

"I also want to thank Bina Nusantara and the instructors who have put in such a tremendous effort to ensure that these students got the most of the program and were able to pass the CCNA examination with little difficulty."

Launched in 1997, the Cisco Networking Academy Program is a comprehensive 8-semester/560-hour course that trains students and in-transition workers to design, build, and maintain computer networks. Students are also prepared for industry standard certifications including the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), the first steps towards the holy grail of professional Internet certification, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE).

Today, more than 193,000 students in over 6,500 Cisco Networking Academies in a 121 countries are going through the program. The Networking Academy program is also an e-learning model that delivers Web-based educational content, online testing, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, and instructor training and support. With a curriculum developed by education and networking experts, the Networking Academy program is offered at high schools, technical schools, colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and other educational programs around the world. It demonstrates a highly successful alliance among Cisco Systems, educators, governments, leading technology companies, and nonprofit organizations as it prepares graduates for the demands and opportunities of the New Internet Economy.

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