News Release

Cisco to Receive Moscow Government's Awards

Cisco Activities to Promote IT Education Recognized by Russian Authorities
Nov 08, 2012

MOSCOW – Nov. 8, 2012 – During the 2nd Moscow Assembly of employers and social partners of Moscow vocational education system, Cisco has received an honorary diploma from the Moscow Government "for effective social partnership with institutions of secondary vocational education in Moscow." The award for the "Best Partnership Practice 2012" honored Cisco's collaboration with the Moscow Business College No. 11. Thus, Cisco activities to promote IT education in secondary vocational education in the capital of the Russian Federation received high recognition.

Key Facts / Highlights

  • Collaboration between Cisco and Moscow Business College No. 11 began in 2009, when the Cisco Networking Academy™ program was opened at the institution. Since then it has provided IT Essentials and ССNA® certification courses. It also trains the instructors to teach CCNA program.
  • In 2010, the Networking Academy® offered a new program at Moscow Business College No. 11, in which unemployed and low-income residents of the Russian capital can acquire basic knowledge of information technology free of charge. First of all, the Centre enrolls persons sent for professional retraining by the Employment Service under the Moscow Department of Labor and Employment. Networking Academy programs were fully incorporated in the curriculum of the College's IT Department.
  • The College has also become the coordinator of the Program for Modernization of Professional Training in Networking Technologies for Secondary Vocational Institutions, and now oversees the entire process of introducing the Cisco Networking Academy program in Russian secondary vocational institutions, from preparation of computer classes and curriculum development to trainings on the use of educational resources of Cisco. With the College's support 10 Cisco academies were opened in Moscow at secondary vocational institutions.
  • In the past academic year, 7334 students were trained in Cisco academies in Russia, and 25 099 students have been trained since the introduction of this program in Russia. These initiatives envision retraining unemployed people and those suffering from economic hardship.  By 2015 the number of networking academies in Russia should triple (from 217 in June 2011 to 650).


Key Networking Academy Statistics

  • 1 million Networking Academy students worldwide engaged in learning this year.
  •  More than 4.2 million students have participated in Networking Academy courses since the program's inception.
  • 10,000 academies operate in 165 countries.
  • The program has 375,000 Facebook fans and is growing daily.

Supporting Quotes

Dmitry Razumovsky, project manager, Cisco Networking Academy, Russia:

"We are pleased that Cisco collaboration with Moscow institutions of secondary vocational education received many flattering assessments from the Moscow Government. Remarkably, it happened on the eve of the 15th anniversary of global program of Cisco Networking Academy. We will continue to actively promote the program in the institutions of secondary education and expand portfolio of courses in already existing Cisco academies. Cisco educational programs provide students not only with theoretical knowledge, but also with necessary practical skills, that allow working with real network equipment."

Anna Nabatova, director, Moscow Business College No. 11:

 "We believe that only in close cooperation with the business community and the labor market we can prepare highly skilled and sought-after professionals. This principle has been implemented in cooperation with Cisco."


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About Cisco Networking Academy

The Networking Academy began in 1997 with 64 schools and has grown to become one of the "world's largest classrooms" with 10,000 academies in 165 countries, and more than 4 million students having participated in the program since its inception.

A pioneering example of cloud-based education delivery, the Networking Academy teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world.  Students who complete the program often go on to secure entry-level career opportunities, participate in continuing education and achieve globally recognized career certifications.

Networking Academy courses are delivered in multiple languages through a cloud-based learning system. Courses are supported by classroom instruction, hands-on learning activities, and interactive online assessments that provide personalized feedback. Networking Academy instructors receive extensive training and support to help ensure a consistently-enriching learning experience for students around the world.

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