The rapid growth of the ICT industry in Oman is creating demand for digital, networking and cybersecurity skills.
Narrowing the IT skills gap is an area where Cisco Networking Academy has been contributing significantly over the years by nurturing and developing talent for the digital era and driving initiatives to attract more young Omani students and graduates to pursue careers in technology.
At present there are more than 3000 students enrolled with the Cisco Networking Academy in Oman, which has trained more than 15,000 students since its inception.
With 71% of the enrolled students being female, to date Oman has the highest female participation rate in Cisco’s global IT skills and career building programme.
Shukri Eid, Managing Director, East Region, Cisco Middle East, said: “Oman is currently undergoing a significant transition, with technology playing an increasingly important role as an enabler to the Sultanate’s economic diversification.
“As a technology leader with a longstanding presence in Oman, Cisco will continue to contribute its digital transformation expertise to support the country’s journey to transform into a sustainable knowledge-based economy and digital society.”
Over the last decade, Oman has made significant advancements in developing its technology infrastructure and capabilities in both the government and private sector. There are growing numbers of mobile and fixed Internet subscriptions in Oman, combined with a young population.