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Leading UK Training Centre

Cisco Systems Inc

Birmingham City University has enjoyed a highly effective and fruitful partnership with Cisco, which now spans over 10 years. During this time, the University has built upon the strengths of its initial relationship and has now cemented its position as Cisco’s leading training centre for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In underpinning this role, Cisco invested over $1 million of new equipment at the University’s School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks. This major development allowed the University to support and train instructors from more than 300 academies throughout East and Western Europe, including Russia.

The backing and trust established through this partnership has brought many, wide-ranging benefits for the School’s students conducting undergraduate and short courses at the School’s City Centre Campus at Millennium Point. Students have also benefitted from an enriched and relevant curriculum which has helped provide the valuable opportunity of being able to impact, directly, the learning the students are given. As a result, students have been given opportunities to learn about real customer issues and cases in the UK market, which has helped them get more insight into career paths within IT.

The Client

Cisco Systems IncCisco Systems Inc. is the worldwide leader in networking for the internet. Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government and home communications, and Cisco Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of these networks. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create internet solutions that allow individuals, companies, and countries to increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction and strengthen competitive advantage.

The University has great educational resources, particularly as the lead Cisco Academy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It offers valuable course content and wide-ranging options. It has been a great place to study. Its quality, resources and staff were crucial and never let me down."

Adam Fennell, MSc Graduate


This successful partnership has led to the training and development of a number of IT professionals, equipped with a portfolio of relevant skills and experience, allowing them to secure a range of top jobs within the IT sector. During 2010, six out of 23 places on the prestigious Cisco graduate training scheme went to Birmingham City University graduates, supporting the University's wider commitment to employability.


  • Opportunities provided to directly influence and impact the learning curriculum
  • Recruitment of high-calibre graduates onto the Cisco Graduate Training Scheme
  • Consistency in training levels and quality assured through Birmingham City University’s status as a lead Training Academy