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Education going digital and Cisco is a partner for transformation

Education going digital and Cisco is a partner for transformation
You might be surprised to know that I used to be a professor at several US universities. I did it for 15 years until 2013 while working at Cisco, so I’ve seen first-hand how much technology has changed and improved the way we teach and learn over time. And as we walk further into a digital economy era, powered by the Internet of Everything (IoE), education will only get more digital, flexible and accessible to an ever growing mobile population.
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Education going digital and Cisco is a partner for transformation

Scott Brown
Cisco
Vice President, Enterprise Segment, APJ

September 10, 2015
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Education going digital and Cisco is a partner for transformation

You might be surprised to know that I used to be a professor at several US universities. I did it for 15 years until 2013 while working at Cisco, so I’ve seen first-hand how much technology has changed and improved the way we teach and learn over time. And as we walk further into a digital economy era, powered by the Internet of Everything (IoE), education will only get more digital, flexible and accessible to an ever growing mobile population. As a result, a new set of skills will be in high demand in this increasingly digital economy. According to Gartner, by 2020 75% of businesses will be a digital business or preparing to become one. Education must transform itself, and Cisco leads the way.

Education at Cisco’s Global Sales Experience in Las Vegas

With Education close to my heart – and to the Enterprise business I lead in the Asia-Pacific region – last week, I had the privilege to host Education sessions at Cisco’s Global Sales Experience (GSX), our annual sales conference that welcomed 20,000 employees in Las Vegas. These sessions were extremely well received and allowed the audience to look at education trends, insights and practical case studies of how Cisco is bringing IoE into education and digital learning into student’s lives.

My main key takeaway of these sessions is the gradual acknowledgement and commitment of governmental, businesses and educational entities to transform education into a digital experience and better engage students (and teachers!) in a smart, connected and mobile learning environment. For example, did you know that the smart education market is expected to grow 24% globally in the next 5 years? This is a clear sign that mobility is changing everything, starting with education, the very foundation for countries’ sustainable economic growth. And as such, it will further enhance its potential to empower communities, boost innovation, job creation and, ultimately, change people’s lives.

Now, we just took another step forward in providing this digital experience by announcing at GSX an exciting partnership between Cisco an Apple to optimize iOS devices and apps with Cisco networks and collaboration environments. Given the widespread adoption of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and cloud applications across educational campuses globally, largely fuelled by the pervasiveness of Apple devices, this partnership is timely and crucial in enabling a more engaging, collaborative and secure learning experience for our students.

Fueling Social Innovation and the Workforce of the Future in Asia-Pacific

Looking at the Asia-Pacific region, the education topic is very interesting, simply because it’s home to 60% of the world’s population and to the most and least industrialized countries in the world, raising very different challenges from an education and social standpoint.

On one hand, we have some of the largest economies in the world with very high literacy rates and making the top ranks of reports like the Programme for International Assessment (Pisa) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In the latest report from 2012, Asian countries outperformed the rest of the world in reading, math and science, with China (Shanghai), Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Macau (China) and Japan, occupying the first 7 spots in the rank. And then, there’s a different Asia, particularly in South and West Asia, where nearly every third child drops out before completing elementary school, according to UNESCO, and children have to rock climb, walk on tightropes or cross rivers with inflated tire tubes to get to school – see for yourself! From advancing the best educational systems in the world to helping communities overcome the obstacles to learning, technology has a transformational power.

Committed to supporting the region’s economic and social imperatives, Cisco is a partner to local governments and communities for social innovation and human capital development, to enable lifelong learning, job creation and productivity.

Our flagship program to build the workforce of the future is the Cisco Networking Academy, a Public-Private partnership with schools and businesses around the world, now in its 17th year. To date, the Academy program has brought technology education to 1.4 million students at 1,300 institutes in Asia-Pacific and in excess of 240,000 students are enrolled across 30 countries every year. As part of our Networking Academy efforts, we’ve also been driving other long-term initiatives that bridge the classroom to the workplace. Some good examples are the “Women Rock-IT” Program, to inspire women in the region to pursue a career in IT, or the “NetRiders” Challenge, one of the largest real-time networking competitions in the region.

Many other initiatives have been rolled out in-country in Asia-Pacific to enable connected learning and the next generation workforce in the Asia Pacific region. In Thailand, Cisco partnered with the Thai Ministry of Education to connect rural and remote schools and create educational opportunities for 8 million Thai students with limited resources. In Singapore, Cisco joined forces with the Republic Polytechnic to create a security-focused networking certification as well as with the Temasek Polytechnic to build Singapore’s first Smart Campus platform. Similarly, in Korea, introductory IoE courses have been running at the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) to help students prepare for the next wave of the Internet.

We live in exciting times in this region! We are inspired by its diversity and potential and have our eyes set on a digital Asia that benefits all.

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