Technology now connects everything – from people, processes and data, to things. We need to rethink how to approach digitisation in order to maximise its value both today and in tomorrow’s digital world. The Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud, Machine Learning, virtual reality, analytics and Artificial Intelligence are just a few of the ‘new’ technologies that are behind digitisation.
As our world becomes increasingly connected, leaders understand the need to think differently. Leaders understand the huge potential that digitisation offers and the positive changes it will bring. Yet many are unsure of how to start the process. We at Cisco are committed to partnering with governments, businesses and local communities to realise the benefits of the digitisation journey.
TO FLOURISH IN THE AGE OF DIGITISATION, WE BELIEVE:
• The network is the foundation for digital transformation
• Data becomes the most strategic asset of any company or country. The ability to secure data, act on it and deliver data-based services will determine success
• It’s imperative that investments are made in skills and talent globally, in order to deliver on the unprecedented opportunities ahead of us. Cisco has an important role to play by:
• Connecting the billions of people, things and platforms that will come online
• Providing the foundation for digitisation with a digital ready network
• Securing the organisations and data that will flow as things connect
• Building on our partner eco-system to provide the IoT, Cloud and analytics platforms to derive value from the data and connections
• Partnering with countries and businesses to build the technology skills and engines to drive global economic growth.
While a digital evolution is transforming the way the world operates, we have also reached an inflection point. Government and business leaders recognise the tremendous economic benefits held by digitisation. It is an opportunity to address GDP growth and job creation; it drives efficiencies, competitiveness and innovation on the local, regional and global stages.
Cisco NetAcad was established in Serbia in 2002. Over these 15 years, the number of active academies has grown to 31 nationwide, with more than 6,500 students having completed courses
20 YEARS OF CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY
Cisco set up its Networking Academy in 1997 as its largest Corporate Social Responsibility initiative and it has since become the world’s largest technology classroom. As a free education programme that has helped 7.8 million students since its inception, NetAcad is a huge social endeavour. With over a million students enrolled in over 180 countries today, NetAcad partners closely with 22,000 educators at over 9,600 schools, colleges and universities to develop and deliver a curriculum that gives students the digital, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills they need to gain employment, earn promotion or start their own business. Our students do more than gain technical mastery, they come away prepared to drive innovation and help companies meet the challenges of digital transformation. Some 70% of those who complete advanced courses obtain new or better jobs, take on increased responsibility, or earn higher salaries. While NetAcad courses help students learn key technology skills, they also focus on creating a new generation of global problem solvers who innovate as technologists, think as entrepreneurs and act as social change agents.
NETWORKING ACADEMY IN SERBIA
Cisco NetAcad was established in Serbia in 2002. Over these 15 years, the number of active academies has grown to 31 nationwide, with more than 6,500 students having completed courses.
“With the rise and importance of ICT skills globally, we see significant growth in the number of Cisco NetAcad students in Serbia every year. As a foundation for the country’s growth and development, education is key pillar. Cisco programs have been recognised as important enablers for future careers and job market needs in the era of digitisation’’ – says Ana Tolimir, Cisco Serbia Country Lead.