Cisco Expands Commitment to Myanmar

Cisco Expands Commitment to Myanmar 
YANGON, MYANMAR -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
is expanding its commitment to Myanmar by investing in a channel
partner network and the appointment of the first two Cisco Networking
Academies at the University of Computer Studies, Yangon (UCSY) and
University of Computer Studies, Mandalay (UCSM). The establishment of
the Networking Academy Program in the country is being supported
through Cisco's long-term partnership with the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID). 
Cisco's long-term vision is to work with the Myanmar government and
other private and public organizations in the country to build a
"Smart and Connected Myanmar." Cisco has long believed that education
and the Internet are two great equalizers in society and that
establishing a strong foundation for both of these in Myanmar is
fundamental for the future of the country.  
Cisco is also providing training and development to grow the partner
businesses in Myanmar. Genuine Cisco products and software offered
through Cisco authorized distributors in Thailand to channel partners
in Myanmar help businesses better manage software licensing, warranty
and technical support issues. Cisco authorized channel partners are
trained to help ensure that network equipment is regularly upgraded
and software is up-to-date, protecting the integrity of the network.  
Networking Academy Program 
In collaboration with USAID, Cisco has established the first
Networking Academies at the University of Computer Studies, Yangon
(UCSY) and University of Computer Studies, Mandalay (UCSM). This will
provide students with critical information technology (IT) and
networking skills to design, build, and maintain the infrastructure
highway and increase the number of job-ready graduates for the
country's information and communications technology (ICT) sector.
Cisco is donating networking equipment for labs and providing 21st
century career skills training for up to 15 faculty staff from the
two universities to support the program. 
The Cisco Networking Academy program is the flagship of Cisco's
social investment programs worldwide. Networking Academy uses a
public-private partnership model to create the "world's largest
classroom" partnering with educational institut
ions, non-profits,
governments, and other international and local agencies. The Program
has taught hundreds of thousands of students worldwide the skills
needed to build, design, and maintain networks, improving their
career prospects while filling the global demand for networking
professionals. Cisco has established over 10,000 Networking Academies
in 165 countries, helping individuals build ICT skills and prepare
for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level ICT careers in
most industries. Students develop foundational skills in ICT while
acquiring career skills in problem-solving, collaboration, and
critical thinking.  
Dr. Tatchapol Poshyanonda, managing director for Cisco in Thailand
and Indochina.
 "The re-integration of Myanmar into the international
community is a very important period not just for Indochina, but for
ASEAN and potentially the world. Cisco strongly believes that
education and the Internet will be a powerful combination to bring
long-term growth and prosperity to the country. A 'Smart and
Connected Myanmar' will be a powerful catalyst for the region." 
Sandy Walsh, regional director of Cisco's Social Innovation Group in
Asia Pacific
 "There is strong global demand for ICT solutions across
all industries and Cisco has a long track record of supporting the
development of emerging economies through education. The Cisco
Networking Academy program will equip students in Myanmar with
industry relevant skills that are globally recognized, providing them
with ICT skills for the 21st century workforce, as they transform the
country and their communities." 
Chris Milligan, USAID/Myanmar Mission Director 
 "Technology is a
powerful tool to advance Myanmar's development while contributing to
sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This collaboration with
Cisco brings innovative technology and education to build on the
strengths and capacity of the country. The initiative will provide
ICT skills training and increase the number of job-ready graduates
for the country's emerging ICT sector."  
Dr. Saw Sanda Aye, Pro-rector, University of Computer Studies, Yangon
 "We are delighted to be the first education institution in
Myanmar to host the prestigious Cisco Networking Academy program. IT
and communications skills are going to be a very important for our
country as we embark on our march to modernization. We have seen how
technology has transformed economies around the world and we want to
be a catalyst for the transformation of Myanmar." 

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