Cisco APAC NetRiders 2012 Winners: China, Australia and

Cisco APAC NetRiders 2012 Winners: China, Australia and Singapore 
SINGAPORE -- (Marketwire) -- 01/09/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) -- The
teams from China, Australia and Singapore were declared winners at
the prestigious annual Cisco Asia Pacific NetRiders 2012 skills
competition held by the Cisco Networking Academy(TM). As the first-and second-placed winners, the teams from China and Australia won
all-expenses-paid trips to the United States. 
Cisco APAC NetRiders 2012 was one of the largest real-time video
competitions ever held in Asia, with students from 17 countries
participating simultaneously over four hours using Cisco
TelePresence(R) and Cisco WebEx(R). Using these technologies in
education provides an interactive experience, enhances the classroom
learning and motivates young people to further pursue technology
education and training.  
The winners of the APAC NetRiders 2012 competition are Zhengzhong
Wang and Jian Zhang from the Wenzhou University in China. 
In second and third place were teams from Australia's Lidcombe
College of TAFE and Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic. 
Team Australia included Rajeev Khettry and Elise Marrott, and Ming
Hong Kwek and Renhe Joshua Sim represented Singapore's Nanyang
The annual competition is an opportunity for Networking Academy(R)
students to participate in a valuable learning experience by testing
their skills in the area of computer network hardware design,
configuration, development, and maintenance, all of which are covered
in the Networking Academy curriculum. To date, more than 16,000
Networking Academy students have competed in NetRiders events in more
than 80 countries across the globe. 
The competition involves two levels of testing. The first is a
theoretical exam, and the second is an online network configuration
through a computer simulation test using Packet Tracer 5.3 

--  Sandy Walsh, regional director of Cisco's Social Innovation Group in
    Asia Pacific
     "There is strong global demand for ICT solutions across
    all business segments because innovative use of technology increases
    productivity, reduces overall costs and helps transform businesses.
    The Cisco Networking Academy program contributes to fulfilling this
    global demand by teaching every year more than 1 million students, the
    skills needed to design, build, manage and secure computer networks.
    NetRiders draws on our student community, providing an exciting and
    competitive forum that showcases top talent around the world. We look
    forward to seeing the future-ready participants transform their
    countries and communities as they enter the workforce."
--  Winning team - China: Wang Zhengzhong from Wenzhou University
    very excited that we won the Cisco NetRiders championship. I couldn't
    have done it without support from my parents and our teachers; who
    taught us the network and with that, life lessons. I look forward to
    more wins in the future."
--  Second placeteam - Australia: Elise Marrott from the Lidcombe College
    of TAFE
     "For me NetRiders was an excellent opportunity to study a
    subject that I am intrigued by as well as providing me the chance to
    represent Australia and to connect with people around the world who
    share the same interests. To come first in Australia was a big
    surprise and I was extremely happy, but I never thought I would place
    in the Asia Pacific region. I was just happy to be able to represent
    Australia at the International level. I am still surprised that I made
    it this far, but it feels good for the hard work and study to have
    finally paid off."
--  Third placeteam - Singapore: Ming Hong Kwek and Joshua Sim from
    Nanyang Polytechnic
     "The opportunity to participate in Cisco
    NetRiders once again propelled our team to put in more effort for the
    competition. We evaluated our performance in the previous year and
    worked tirelessly to improve various critical areas. Being given such
    a prestigious chance, we strove high and pushed ourselves in the
    preparations leading up to the competition. Our efforts finally paid
    off when we emerged Champion in the Singapore round and second
    runner-up in the Asia-Pacific circuit. We are extremely grateful to
    Cisco for providing us with the chance to be part of the competition.
    We would also like to express our gratitude to the Lecturers in the
    School of Information Technology (Nanyang Polytechnic) for mentoring
    and training us diligently to achieve this excellent outcome."

About Cisco Networking Academy
 In partnership with educational
institutions, government administrations and community based
organizations around the world; the Networking Academy delivers 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 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 program to date. The Networking Academy is Cisco's flagship
social investment program across the globe. 
Today, there are more than 1350 Academies operating in 26 countries
throughout Asia Pacific and Greater China that have instructed more
than 1,040,000 students since inception. Networking Academy courses
are delivered in multiple languages through a pioneering cloud-based
learning system that 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. 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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