Two Military Academies in Romania Recognized for CCNA Best Practices Two Military Academies in Romania Recognized for CCNA Best Practices

Instructors at Military Technical Academy and Defense Information Systems and Services Agency, in Bucharest, Romania are addressing the growing need for skilled ICT technicians.

Two military education and training centers in Bucharest—Military Technical Academy and Defense Information

Systems and Services Agency—became Cisco Academies at different times, but for the same reason. “The growing need to manage computer networks prompted us to begin providing Cisco Networking Academy courses in 1999,” says Ion Badoi, NetAcad contact and instructor at Military Technical Academy and Defense Information Systems and Services Agency. At one point, Military Technical Academy coordinated activities at all academies in the region for the military education system; from high schools and colleges to post-graduate studies.

Although Defense Information Systems and Services Agency did not begin offering Networking Academy courses until 2003, the motive was the same. Florin Ghimpu, instructor, explains, “Managing information and communications networks has become increasingly important for the military and we had to address that need in our education and training offerings.”

Simulations and Competitive Environment Motivate Students

Both Badoi and Ghimpu recognize the students’ interest in the NetAcad curricula. “Our students are attracted to learning more about computer networks,” says Badoi. At both academies, students must pass tests prior to taking the NetAcad courses to demonstrate baseline ICT knowledge.

Competition and simulations play a significant role in the students’ learning and motivation. Ghimpu says, “Students particularly appreciate the graphics, short movies, Q&A, Cisco Packet Tracer activities, and competitive practice.” Badoi adds, “The curricula are structured to make it as easy as possible to grasp the information.”

Secrets of Their Success

Both military institutions have been recognized by Cisco for instructional excellence:

  • Military Technical Academy for CCNA Security excellence in 2012
  • Defense Information Systems and Services Agency for CCNA Exploration excellence in 2011 and 2012


Ghimpu says, “Nowadays in ICT, CCNA curricula are the new alphabet.”

When asked about their secrets to success, Badoi states, “We spend as much time with the students as needed and underline the benefits of being skilled. We follow the curricula and deliver additional information.” Ghimpu continues, “Instruction in the students’ ‘mother tongue’ is particularly helpful for the students. And military discipline adds to our success.”

About the Recognition Award for Curriculum Excellence

One academy from each region has been recognized for overall excellence in each curriculum, based on various metrics of student success.

About These Academies

  • Name: Military Technical Academy
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Education level: Undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate
  • Networking Academy curricula: IT Essentials, CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration, CCNA Security
  • Year began teaching Networking Academy courses: 1999
  • Number of students: 150
  • Number of instructors: 4
  • Recognized for CCNA Security Excellence in 2012

  • Name: Defense Information Systems and Services Agency
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Education level: Post-graduate
  • Networking Academy curricula: IT Essentials, CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration, CCNA Security
  • Year began teaching Networking Academy courses: 2003
  • Number of students: 30
  • Number of instructors: 3
  • Recognized for CCNA Exploration Excellence in 2011 and 2012

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