Cisco Empowers Current and Next Generation of Global IoT Scientists, Engineers and Innovators

Cisco Empowers Current and Next Generation of Global IoT Scientists, Engineers 
and Innovators 
New Alliances, Industrial Networking Curricula and Certification
Provides IP Networking Expertise 
BARCELONA, SPAIN -- (Marketwired) -- 10/29/13 --  INTERNET OF THINGS
WORLD FORUM - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced a global
commitment to educate and empower current and future generations of
Internet of Things (IoT) entrepreneurs, scientists and innovators.
According to a recent study published by the World Bank, the
information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is rapidly
growing, with an addressable market of $800 billion globally.
Additionally, it is estimated that over the next 10 years there will
be two million unfilled ICT-related jobs globally(1), correlating
with a projected talent gap of 8.2 percent by 2022. To address this
gap, education and training institutions will need to increase the
number of technical graduates significantly -- 222,000 more each year
between 2014 and 2022. Recognizing this projection, Cisco is
committed to meeting the critical demand for high-skill workers
through strategic programs and collaborations for current and future
Today's announcement reinforces Cisco's investment in education,
revealing a new portfolio consisting of IoT curricula, assessments
and an upcoming Cisco(R) Specialist Certification to advance skills
development in industrial networking. In collaboration with major
industry leaders, this education portfolio will help meet the growing
need for specialized talent that can provide Internet Protocol (IP)
networking expertise, with a focus in automation, manufacturing and
energy, and future expansion to include equally transformative
industries. Through this certification program, Cisco and new
industry partners will join forces to help to reskill a significant
number of individuals in these areas. 
In addition to identifying the need to enhance skills of current
members of the workforce, Cisco is dedicated to preparing current and
future students for the demands of a modern workforce. An enhanced
focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills is
increasingly relevant for graduates to transition into careers in the
information technology industry. As such, Cisco also announced today
a key alliance with the New York Academy of Sciences. Recognizing the
need to empower and educate the next generation of the IoT workforce,
Cisco and the New York Academy of Sciences have established the
Global STEM Alliance to bring curriculum resources, intergenerational
mentorship and access to cutting-edge science and technology research
to students around the world. The Country of Malaysia and the City of
Barcelona will be the first to join the Alliance.  
Key Highlights: 

--  Learning@Cisco, along with its partners, will be delivering IoT
    education courses and certifications that map to new and evolving
    career opportunities across multiple industries. These world-class
    programs will help lay a framework for individuals to achieve
    rewarding careers in IT and industry automation. STEM education
    collaborations will provide fundamental skills needed to support a
    sustainable workforce globally.
--  The Global STEM Alliance will allow for the seamless integration of
    technology and content -- effectively linking the New York Academy of
    Sciences' successful local programs to locations around the world
    through in-person and online platforms. This partnership will enable
    sharing of knowledge resources to every corner of the world --
    humanizing science, through the use of technology, by connecting
    science-interested people of all ages across geographic boundaries.
--  The Cisco Networking Academy program will help individuals prepare for
    globally recognized certifications and entry-level ICT careers in
    virtually every type of industry. Students develop foundational skills
    in ICT while acquiring vital 21st-century career skills such as
    problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Courses are
    offered in multiple languages through a blended learning model that
    combines classroom instruction with online curricula, interactive
    tools, hands-on activities, and online assessments. The Networking
    Academy, in collaboration with education institutions, currently
    reaches over one million students in 165 countries.

Supporting Quotes: 
Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, Industry Solutions and chief
globalization officer: 
 "The Internet of Things is a reality today
and will only continue to create unprecedented opportunities.
Empowering and preparing the next generation workforce to take part
in this global opportunity is a critical piece of fueling IoT
Ellis Rubinstein, president and chief executive officer of the New
York Academy of Sciences:
 "Our planet needs scientists and engineers
to address the challenges of poverty, health, and sustainability.
Cisco has the vision and savvy to help our Academy's young scientists
and Nobel Prize winners inspire children throughout the world on an
unprecedented scale -- through the application of the Internet of
Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias:
 "Joining the Global STEM Alliance,
together with Cisco and the New York Academy of Sciences, is for
Barcelona an opportunity to develop the specialized talent and skills
needed to nurture the transformative power of young people. Barcelona
is also proud to host this edition of the Internet of Things World
Forum. From health to social care, from education to public transport
and electric mobility, the Internet of Things is already changing the
way we live." 
Prof. Tan Sri Sharifa Hapsah, vice chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia (UKM): 
 "Nothing is more fascinating than to watch students
from schools, their teachers and young scientists engage
energetically with the best scientific minds in learning how to be
successful in the sciences. The Nobelist Mindset programme that UKM
developed with the New York Academy of Sciences helps them appreciate
creativity, determination and ability to see connections between
ideas as key elements in learning STEM. We are pleased to join the
Alliance together with the New York Academy of Sciences and Cisco in
sharing how we develop this learning community with the world." 
Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst, ZK Research: 
 "As the Internet of
Things accelerates, there is a growing need for qualified,
specialized technical talent that can implement next generation
networking technologies across industries such as manufacturing,
energy and others. With its proven track record of preparing
workforces for new technology opportunities and redefining industries
through certifications such as CCNA, combined with established
partnerships across public and private sectors, Cisco is ideally
positioned to create and deliver focused training and certifications
that will help close the gaps in knowledge and skills in these
critical areas." 
Rockwell Automation Chairman and CEO, Keith D. Nosbusch
 "As the
industrial space continues to become a more pervasive element of the
Internet of Things, the operational rewards of securely making the
right information available at the right time throughout the
enterprise are even greater. That seamless integration of the
enterprise, supply chain and plant is becoming the next wave of
competitive differentiation. We support initiatives that help educate
and certify the high-skilled people who are creating that integrated
enterprise of the future." 
Additional resources: 

--  More resources on the IoTWF:
--  To learn more about Cisco training and certifications, visit the Cisco
    Learning Network:
--  More information on the Cisco Network Academy
--  Learn more about the Global STEM Alliance:

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(1) "ICT For Greater Development Impact," World Bank (June 2012);
European Commission Global Economic Outlook. 
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