A case of Distance Seminar

Laos: JICA and Cisco collaborated distance seminar for ICT instructors

* Lao participants at JICA Laos Office (Vientiane) watching lecture from JICA Headquarters (Tokyo).

In September 2010, JICA and Cisco Systems Inc. (Cisco) implemented a distance seminar for Lao ICT instructors, "Network Advanced Course". Twelve Lao instructors of Cisco training program have successfully completed the two days course via videoconferencing to update their knowledge on network technology and rich Cisco Networking Academy's resources for network engineers.


JICA, through a partnership between the National University of Laos (NUOL), is helping NUOL develop future human resources for ICT service industry in Laos. This technical cooperation project is called as"Human Resource Development in IT Service Industry at NUOL", which has enhanced practical skills and teaching capabilities of lecturers in charge of the postgraduate courses since 2008. One of their activities is to establish ICT training course designed by the well-known company such as Cisco. Cisco Networking Academy, which is Cisco's cooperate social responsibility program to help bridge the digital divide in developing countries, has collaborated with JICA in many training programs in Japan such as for Kyrgyz, Mozambique, and Rwanda. This collaboration of JICA and Cisco leads the both to plan the distance training seminar.

Seminar Outline

* Japanese advisor facilitated Lao participants

Objectives of the seminar are one is to sustain learning motivation of participants and two is to update their knowledge on network technology. From Tokyo at JICA headquarters, a technical manager of Cisco Networking academy introduced four modules such as IPv6, CCNA security, and useful tools for CCNA instructors. At Vientiane site of JICA office, twelve Lao participants, facilitated by a Japanese chief advisor, coined many questions on the modules,

All participants were successful and certificated the course completion from JICA office

* Successful twelve received certification from JICA

JICA, by distance technical cooperation without dispatching people, has implemented efficient activities, at the same time, enhanced effectiveness of local activities.