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Cisco Systems and Hanoi University of Technology Collaborate on Networking Research and Development

HANOI, Vietnam, April 21, 2006 - The Hanoi University of
Apr 21, 2006

HANOI, Vietnam, April 21, 2006 - The Hanoi University of Technology (HUT) and Cisco Systems® today launched a Networking Research and Development (R&D) Laboratory that will focus on network security, a collaboration that is being sponsored by the Cisco® University Research Program (URP).

The guests of honour at the opening ceremony included His Excellency Professor, Doctor of Science Tran Van Nhung, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Training and Education; Professor Hoang Ba Chu, the university's rector; and James Chia, general director of Cisco Systems Vietnam.

The Networking R&D Lab will be operated by Bach Khoa Networking Academy in HUT, the first regional-level Cisco Networking Academy® program in Vietnam. The lab is also the first time that Cisco's URP is sponsoring R&D in Vietnam.

Dedicated to the collaboration with researchers at universities and other research organizations around the globe, Cisco's URP facilitates the development of ideas and technologies and encourages innovation in networking. The URP operates by soliciting research proposals, subjecting them to stringent peer review, before granting funds to support those deemed most worthy.

"Cisco is excited about the potential of the young engineering talent in Vietnam, and this initiative is one of our efforts to nurture that talent. This builds on the success of the Cisco Networking Academy program, which has trained thousands of young Vietnamese in networking skills. The URP program will bring in an added dimension of international exposure for the researchers in HUT, helping to to increase the quality of its research work. Cisco will in turn benefit as the work done in HUT may be used to enhance the features in Cisco's products," said Chia.

As a business having a responsibility to its community, Cisco Systems Vietnam is committed to contributing to the development of the IT industry in Vietnam. Cisco always attaches special importance to education and considers it as key area where Cisco can contribute to communities in the most meaningful and effective way.

"The Networking R&D Lab is the first true world-class communications lab in Vietnam. Our teachers and researchers will have good opportunities to access international research projects and lab equipment. We are confident that this joint research project will be successful and benefit not just HUT and Cisco, but the whole of Vietnam as well," said Hoang.

For more information about Cisco's URP, please contact Christopher Hoang Pham at: or visit

About Hanoi University of Technology

Hanoi University of Technology (HUT), which has been established in 1956, is one of the first and biggest universities in Vietnam. HUT's mission is to educate technical and science-technology research personnel to serve the cause of building and developing the country. Currently HUT is making every possible effort to become the high-quality scientific and education center. HUT has 63 disciplines both at graduate and post-graduate levels; every year provides the society with thousands of highly qualified engineers, master's and doctors, active in many areas of society, contributing to industrialization and modernization cause of the country. To learn more about HUT, please visit

About Bach Khoa Networking Academy

In August 2005 Cisco Systems officially recognized Bach Khoa Networking Academy as the first Cisco regional-level Networking Academy organization in Vietnam, specializing in information technology (IT) essentials. This proves the success of the Bach Khoa Networking Academy model and shows the high value that Cisco Systems places on HUT. This event gave the Bach Khoa Networking Academy a more significant role in IT human resource development in Vietnam, with the responsibility to recruit, train and directly supports other educational organisations in the country. For more detail, please visit