Iraq Networking Academies

Details of the organization
Cisco Systems
Business sector entities

Information about the project
Iraq Networking Academies
Under a program called the Iraq Networking Academies, Iraqi professors began their first training sessions on 21 August 2004 to provide opportunities for more than 500 Iraqis to begin learning IT skills by early 2005, it is hoped that thousands more can acquire those skills over the next two years. The first group of trainees in the program were faculty members from the science departments of four Iraqi universities. During their four-week session at Cisco’s Networking Academy in Beirut, the educators were brought up to date on information technology and network skills. Upon their return to Iraq, they will use program support to help establish regional academies at their respective schools. Ultimately there are to be 10 local academies, each with 500 students. The program was endorsed by the Iraqi higher education ministry, which is providing salaries and allowances to the computer instructors working in Iraq. The courses–based on curricula developed by Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems–focus on hardware and software for networking, as well as on the fundamentals of Unix and Java programming. Cisco contributed $1.2 million in equipment, curricula, teaching support, and training materials.
National implementation: Iraq
Ongoing from to 
HP, Sun Microsystems and the Economic Commission for Western Asia. IBM has also provided a number of personal computers for use by professors in this program. Four Universities in Iraq.

WSIS information
* The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
* Information and communication infrastructure
* Access to information and knowledge
* Capacity building
* ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
* International and regional cooperation
  • Eradicate poverty and hunger
  • Develop a global partnership for development
  • Programme
  • Training initiative
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No