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Cisco and the Kigali Independent University host the Annual East Africa Instructor Event for East African Networking Academy Community

Cisco joined forces with the Kigali Independent University to host the ninth annual East Africa Instructor Event on the 8th & 9th July 2014.

This year’s event gathered 150 representatives from the Cisco Networking Academy community from not only Rwanda but also the East Africa region with countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia and Seychelles. This forum provided delegates with the opportunity to learn about what Cisco Networking Academies are doing from networking, creating sustainable academy communities, collaborating and driving the Information Communications Technology (ICT) education forward.

This function was officially opened by Didier Nkurikiyimfura, Director General in the Ministry of Youth and ICT who represented the Minister of the respective Ministry.

Other officials present at the function were Prof. Dr. Rwigamba Balinda, President and Founder of Kigali Independent University, ULK authorities as well as CISCO authorities.

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While addressing the audience, the Director General emphasized a vital role played by CISCO as a big international company which helps Rwanda in promoting various sectors through technology.

He went on saying that with the arrival of more companies which provide IT services unlike in the 2000’s, the number of internet users increased in a tremendous way. For example the number of internet customers came to 20% from 1% of consumers whereas the number of telephone users increased from 5% to 65%.
In his presentation entitled “Internet for everything” Hamid Alfie, Regional Manager, CISCO Corporate Affairs highlighted that the conference aims to show the importance of internet in everyday’s life and disadvantages associated to its lack of use.
He expressed his vote of thanks to His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda for his commitment to promote the integration of technology in Rwanda, a country he considered as a hub of technology in Africa.
Prof. Dr Rwigamba Balinda said that Kigali Independent University (ULK) avails all necessary facilities which enable students acquire CISCO IT skills and also get certificates accredited by CISCO.
It is worth mentioning that so far over 290 students have been taught CISCO programs at Kigali Independent University

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