|Iyad al Chammat, Cisco|
This is part of Cisco mission of helping Oman to utilise its potential in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector through its training programmes. “We will receive applications till the end of this month and the shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in May. Those selected will begin their training in Amsterdam in July,” said Iyad al Chammat, general manager of Cisco Systems in Yemen, Oman and Afghanistan. The company is also offering a six-month internship programme in Oman for third and fourth year students, he said.
“In Oman, we are paying back to the community through our academies. We have 20 academies in the sultanate, including those at the Sultan Qaboos University, Higher College of Technology, and CAS,” Chammat said.
Al Chammat also noted that Cisco has 20 academic institutes in the Sultanate of Oman, adding, "So far, 8,500 students, many of whom are women, have graduated from these institutes."
"We have been in the country for about 10 years and opened an office here in 2012 to be close to our customers and partners. There are many Omanis working in Cisco's office in many sections including the accountant management and sales." Al Chammat said that Cisco has been cooperating closely with the public sector in Oman.
Waheed al Hamid, account manager, Cisco Systems, said, “Four students have been selected for the programme. Training at these academies will prepare them for the job market. We are talking to several colleges and universities so that more number of students can benefit from this programme.”
Chammat said that Cisco has collaborated with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to showcase a new technology at Comex 2014 for the disabled that converts voice calls to video calls.
He said that the technology will be especially useful for the speech and hearing impaired, as it will allow them to converse through sign language. “They can call their doctor or report a fire or accident.”
Chammat said that US$14tn is expected to be spent in the next ten years across industrial, finance, manufacturing and hospitality sectors to boost information and communications technology services.