Cisco enables people to make powerful connections-whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make networks possible-providing easy access to information anywhere, at any time. Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University. Since the company’s inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. Today, with more than 67000 employees worldwide, this tradition of innovation continues with industry-leading products and solutions in the company’s core development areas of routing and switching, as well as in advanced technologies.
Cisco has a long track record in education reform through the implementation of technology-based solutions for improving the quality of teaching and learning and for the security, management and administration of schools. Cisco is also a global leader in the design of intervention strategies and measures that track the impact of technological investment and performance through in-depth research by educational practitioners. Cisco has a long history of successful partnerships in education from the Cisco Networking Academy, introduced in 1997, to its more recent social investment work with the joint World Economic Forum and UNESCO Global Education Initiative (www.weforum.org/gei) and closer to home in Djarragun College in Queensland.