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AcadNet transforms into an international competition


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This year, AcadNet celebrates 16 years of existence. The competition, organized by the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Romanian Union of Computer Science Teachers (UPIR) and with the support of Cisco Romania celebrates its anniversary under a new official title: the International Olympiad of Applied Computer Science.

Thus, for the first time, this year, students from outside Romania will be able to register for the two sections of the competition – Networking and Computers. AcadNet 2022 will take place online, between May 7-8. The registrations are open  between April 10-25, at

The two sections of the International Olympiad of Applied Computer Science address current topics in the field of computer science. The topics in the Networking competition are aligned with the Cisco CCNA 1-2-3 curriculum, and those in the Computers section with Cisco IT Essentials (knowledge from the Linux and Windows configuration area is also required).

As in previous editions, the competition will include a theoretical test – in the form of a multiple-choice test – as well as a practical test. Thus, students competing in the Networking section will be required to manage, analyze, and identify problems in a network simulation using Cisco Packet Tracer, while competitors in the Computers section will have to demonstrate their ​implementation, configuration, troubleshooting and security skills using a virtual machine.

AcadNet will bring together students from IT faculties, engineers and IT&C specialists, as well as professors, instructors and CCNA and IT Essentials courses’ graduates. For more details and news about AcadNet 2022 you can access

For 24 years, Cisco has been constantly investing in education, helping students develop digital skills through the international Networking Academy program, the largest and longest running corporate social responsibility education program, now taught in 180 countries. In Romania, over 140,000 students have already completed NetAcad courses.

Last year, Cisco expanded NetAcad’s mission by launching the global Skills for All program, which provides free access to learning resources on in-demand topics such as computer security, cloud infrastructure or automation.

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