Cisco recently announced that its largest and most enduring corporate social responsibility programme, the Cisco Networking Academy, has enrolled its 1-millionth concurrent student for the first time.
In partnership with educational institutions, government administrations and community based organisations around the world, the Networking Academy delivers information and communications technology (ICT) education through effective in-classroom learning, combined with innovative cloud-based curricula and tools to prepare students for careers in the 21st-century global economy.
The Cisco Networking Academy programme started in South Africa in 2008. Today, there are 46 active academies in South Africa, 6,400 active students, 18,827 graduates and 119 active instructors.
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 nearly 4-million students having participated in the programme to date.
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 programme often go on to secure entry-level career opportunities, participate in continuing education and achieve globally recognised 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 personalised feedback.
Networking Academy instructors receive extensive training and support to help ensure a consistently-enriching learning experience for students around the world.
In a month, 1-million online assessments are delivered, and to date 100-million assessments have been delivered. The Networking Academy has 175,000 Facebook fans, whose numbers are growing daily.
Cisco is celebrating this milestone by offering Networking Academy students and alumni the chance to show the benefits of this unique classroom experience through a video contest titled “Why is The Cisco Networking Academy Classroom Like No Other?”
“Networking Academy is truly the world’s largest classroom. The unique delivery model combines the power of the network and the cloud with the global need for ICT skills-based education to address the critical need for networking professionals around the world,” says Alfie Hamid, regional lead of Cisco Networking Academy.