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HP Middle East partners with HCT

Director of Abu Dhabi Men’s College, Dr. Simon Jones, Managing Director of HP Middle East, John Hoonhout and General Manager of Procurve Networking of HP EMEA, Jack Gauthreaux inaugurated the Training Centre, which will take the students to a new and higher level of education.

The centre will provide training and support for hundreds of HCT students and industry trainee students in the UAE focusing on networking skills, storage management and full IT services management skills to prepare them for the workplace.

Through the Certified Training Centre, students will be able to develop skills across the IT sector through targeted and tailored technical and professional courses from September 2008. At the end of the course, the students will receive certifications in AIS and ITIL Fundamentals.

Feedback from the industry was that IT graduates lacked expertise in networking and storage management. At HP, we pride ourselves on collaborating with our customers and communities to provide them with vital IT knowledge and skills.

Through this partnership with HCT, we’ll be able to provide both students and professors the tools they need to develop advanced levels of IT education based on HP’s high standards and quality,” said John Hoonhout, Managing Director of HP Middle East.

Addressing industry’s feedback HP ProCurve, the networking arm of HP is starting specialized courses on Networking and will provide trainings such as AIS, ASE and Master ASE.

“This partnership will extend ProCurve’s reach and capabilities to provide such trainings with the long term goal of establishing more training partnerships and resources across the MENA”, said Jack Gauthreaux, General Manager of Procurve Networking of HP EMEA.

The HP Certified Training Centre will also offer HCT professors the opportunity to undergo training in storage management, ITIL services management and networking management. Once the professors are fully qualified, HP storage, services and networking management courses will become part of HCT curriculum for bachelor and master degrees in IT from the end of 2008.

“HP’s cooperation with HCT is tremendously promising for our institute and its students. With the increasing demand for technical support in the Middle East, it has become important to strengthen the technical education in this region. We are extremely pleased that HP is providing us with this exceptional opportunity. Through the HP Certified Training Center, HCT graduates will be able to tackle the ongoing IT challenges in their work environments”, said Dr. Simon Jones, Director of Abu Dhabi Men’s College.

As part of its Education Program tailored to develop the education level of the Middle East, HP is planning to extend its educational support to other higher education institutes across the region.

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