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HCT Bagged Several Awards as Premier Academy Support Center by EMEAR

22 October 2018

CISCO Networking Academies-Partners in Europe Middle East Africa and Russia (EMEAR) recently conducted the 4-day partner Academy conference held at the Hotel Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Marrakech, Morocco last October 16-19, 2018.

Dr. Maryam Al Barwani, a Senior Networking Lecturer and a CISCO academy Instructor / CISCO Academy contact of Information Technology Department represented the Higher College of Technology Muscat –as the CISCO lead Academy Support Center (ASC) in the Sultanate.  

The Academy Partner conference is an annual gathering of CISCO Academy contacts in the entire EMEAR region for regional updates and different CISCO Academy technical workshops. Apart from the awarding ceremony, the conference also aimed to honor different top academies in EMEAR.


Middle East : Premier ASC (TVTC of Saudi Arabia from the Left) and HCT-Muscat, Oman.  
Awarded by :  Laura Quintana Vice President, for Corporate Affairs Global Field Operations at CISCO second lady
Award received by: Dr. Maryam Al Barwani IT-Dept HCT-Muscat – Cisco Academy contact

Higher College of Technology-Muscat received the award of being one of the ASC Premier academies in the region. The award was based on the earned points of the HCT-Muscat as the lead ASC in the Sultanate in terms of the (1) CISCO Academy student reach wherein students always used the Cisco Networking Academy (netacad) website and curriculum frequently, (2) CISCO academies student growth across the different Cisco academies in the sultanate, (3) the Academy Satisfaction received from the feedback of students and academy Instructors across the Sultanate and the (4) Overall regional academy impact  of HCT- Muscat as the Academy Support Center in the entire Sultanate.

In the Middle East, across hundreds of CISCO ASC in the world, only two have qualified in the Middle East and they are as follows: Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) of Saudi Arabia for the Large ASC category and Higher College of Technology – Muscat for the Medium ASC category.

Amazingly, another award was also received by HCT-Muscat being ranked second in the quarterly Global IPD (Instructor Professional Development). This award is the second to the highest number of Academy Instructor who participated during the last quarter of the Academic Year 2017-2018 “Global IPD 2018”. HCT-Muscat ranked second for the Months of July and August. Global IPD is a week of series online training of CISCO Academy Instructor in the world via CISCO WebEx.


Higher College of Technology as the Premier ASC and Instructor Training Center (ITC), is a partner of CISCO Academy since November of 2004, and lead the twenty three (23) different colleges and university, HCT has ten (10) certified CISCO Academy Trainers, ready to deliver different Cisco Academy course across different colleges such as CCNP Routing and switching, CCNA routing and switching, CCNA  Security, CCNA Cybersecurity, IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data. In total there are approximately 250 CISCO academy  instructors across the Sultanate and approximately 4,000  academy students in the Sultanate who are now using Cisco netacad in their different courses.

Congratulations to Higher College of Technology- Information Technology Department, and to all the twenty-three Cisco Academies from the different Colleges and Universities, Academy Instructors and Cisco Academy Students across Oman for making this Award happen in the EMEAR region.

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