University recognised as Cisco Academy Support Centre Select Partner


The CISCO Academy Support Centre (ASC) in the School of Computing and Digital Technology has been recognised as a Select Partner by CISCO for the third year running. This accolade is due to the University’s high quality feedback from users, large number of instructors and students attending the academy, and its involvement in the Academy community.

The University runs one of 10 Academy Support Centres in the UK. It works as both an instructor training centre, training instructors from around 100 institutions, and also works directly with students, training them in CISCO systems.

School of Computing

Birmingham City University

The University is the largest ASC in the country. Both students and those on the instructor training scheme give very good feedback about their experience with the centre. Only one other institution in the UK has been named as a Select Partner. The Select Partner accolade indicates to potential students that they will receive high quality support and training at the University ASC.

As a Select Partner, the Academy receives funding to attend the annual CISCO conference, as well as free vouchers for CISCO certifications exams (which can cost around £200), which makes it possible to offer free certification exams to staff, students and external instructors as an incentive or in recognition of success.

Speaking about being recognised as a Select Partner for another year, Duncan Maidens, Cisco Academy Co-ordinator, said:

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