Abu Dhabi Nov. 8, 2005 —ALHOSN UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER(CEC) announces, under the supervision of the United Arab Emirates University-Cisco Regional Networking Academy, a partnership with Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, to launch a Local Cisco Networking Academy. The Academy program prepares students for networking and IT-related careers in the public and private sectors, as well as for higher education in engineering, computer science and related fields. Adding this networking academy to what the Continuing Education Center is providing really helps the center to serve the local community by providing the latest updates in networking. Mr. Dahduli from ALHOSN UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER (CEC) said “The Cisco Local Academy, under the umbrella of the UAE University-Cisco Regional Networking Academy, will enable our students to become the best in Network Infrastructure Engineering for the benefit of the community which pleases us immensely. They would be given the unique opportunity to implement colleges’ own network. The students are excited about the program and look forwards towards the inculcation as a part of their co-curricular activities.” “As a Cisco Regional Academy, hosted under the College of Information Technology of the UAE University we are dedicated to serve the community by providing best in class programs for our local academies as well as our University students. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) program, through extensive hands-on exercises, helps bridge the gab between what is being taught in the class room and what is being implemented in today’s era of computer networking. The students at the College of Information Technology are always very motivated to enroll in the CCNA program, offered free of charge for them by the UAE University” said Dr. Shuaib, Director of the UAE University-Cisco Regional Networking Academy. “ We are looking forward to working closely with our new addition ALHOSN UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER(CEC) as a Cisco Local Academy and to provide the needed training to their instructors, for them to better serve the community by delivering a first class CCNA program”, added Dr. Shuaib. The Local Academy at CEC will offer CCNA courses for students to prepare them for industry-recognized certification and IT careers. ALHOSN University CEC plans to partner with local businesses seeking IT professionals who have hands-on skills with the latest technology to place graduates. Building knowledge and skills takes time—ALHOSN UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER (CEC) University as a Cisco Local Academy and the UAE University-Cisco Regional Networking Academy are investing now to build an educated, competitive and trained IT workforce.