du Partners with Cisco Networking Academy for Talent Upskilling and Career Development


Du, part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), announces Collaboration with Cisco for Access to Networking Academy. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishes a pioneering talent development program, marking du as the first telecom company in the region to join forces with the academy. This partnership promises unparalleled upskilling and career development opportunities for du employees.

Du’s collaboration with the Cisco Networking Academy grants employees access to a diverse array of training courses across technology domains such as cybersecurity, programming, data science, and operating systems. The academy’s adaptable teaching approach ensures tailored learning experiences aligned with the specific needs of du and its workforce.

Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Executive Officer at du said, “We are delighted to partner with Cisco to bring their exceptional Networking Academy to our organisation. This collaboration signifies our commitment to investing in our employees’ growth and ensuring they have the necessary skills to thrive in the digital era. With the support of Cisco, we aim to further solidify our position as the leading digital telco in the UAE.”

The collaboration with Cisco Networking Academy reflects du’s commitment to cultivating a culture of continual learning and innovation. Aligned with du’s vision, the partnership aims to boost competitiveness in the telecommunications sector by arming employees with advanced technical skills and expanding network capabilities. This initiative also supports the UAE’s Emiratisation goals by empowering talent to meet the demands of the digital workforce.

Abdeliah Nejjari, Managing Director for Gulf Region at Cisco said, “The Cisco Networking Academy program was established to address the growing need for skilled professionals in computer networking. We are excited to collaborate with du to offer high-quality training in various technology domains. By combining our expertise with du’s commitment to talent development, we can effectively drive digital transformation and help meet the UAE’s vision for a digitised future.”

The Cisco Networking Academy program, operational in 190 countries and across more than 12,000 Cisco Partner Academies globally, provides an invaluable opportunity. With over three million students benefiting annually, du employees can now join this prestigious community, acquiring essential knowledge and skills to remain at the forefront of the telecommunications industry.

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