Published:  12:59 AM, 21 May 2022

GP launches 'GP Academy' in partnership with Telenor and Cisco

GP launches 'GP Academy' in partnership with Telenor and Cisco
Committed to building a future-ready Bangladesh through empowering the youth, Grameenphone has launched "GP Academy," a future skills academy to prepare the young minds for the digital future through an exciting journey of transformative upskilling.

The newfound GP Academy aims to train Bangladesh's vast and promising young population to help them prepare for the future industry.A launch event was held on Wednesday (18 May) at the GP House, where Dulal Krishna Saha, executive chairman (secretary), National Skills Development Authority (NSDA), attended as the chief guest, said a press release.

The chief guest expressed his full support for this unique initiative from Grameenphone. He mentioned, "I am delighted to see the participation from Grameenphone to support the very critical area of building skills through their technology and innovation. Such an initiative from the private sector will be impactful to upskill the youth and prepare them for real work."Cecilie Heuch, EVP and chief people and sustainability officer, Telenor Group, graced the event as the special guest.She also mentioned the potential of such an academy.

She said, "Building future skills is crucial for building a sustainable tomorrow. Today I am delighted to be a part of the launch of Grameenphone Academy in collaboration with Telenor and Cisco. I believe and hope our collective efforts with credible global partners will play a pivotal role in developing digital skills for the youth of Bangladesh, accelerating digitalisation, and creating a competitive workforce globally."

A panel discussion was held with the participation of Syed Tanvir Husain, GP CHRO; Dr Md. Ashraful Hoque, dean, faculty of engineering and technology, IUT; Fakhruddin Ahmed, country general manager (Bangladesh), Cisco Systems; Manisha Dogra, VP, head of sustainability Asia, Telenor Group; and Sadmeena Mahreen, GP Academy alumni.

Fakhruddin Ahmed said, "We are excited about the partnership with Telenor and Grameenphone and the possibilities it beholds by leveraging Cisco's Networking Academy. It is a step towards realigning the existing talent with emerging technologies, making them more cyber smart, and ultimately enabling better job opportunities and futureproofing the youth of Bangladesh for the digital world."

Yasir Azman, CEO, Grameenphone, presented the vote of thanks at the event that was hosted by Khairul Basher, head of GP Communications.

"At Grameenphone, we aspire to unleash the true potential of youth in Bangladesh, through our tech, innovation and social impact projects. We have been striving to enable youth with critical digital competencies through our different upskilling platforms. In continuation of our series of endeavors to empower youth with future-ready skills, I am hopeful GP Academy, in collaboration with Telenor & Cisco, will unleash possibilities of youth through transformative skills that will contribute to become Bangladesh a smart nation," Said the GP CEO.

Hossain Sadat, senior director, head of GP public & regulatory affairs; Farhana Islam, GP Academy lead; and other respected officials from Grameenphone were present at the event.

GP Academy programmes and courses are designed to strengthen their career readiness, accelerate entrepreneurship and offer multiple core skills required for the fourth industrial revolution. Grameenphone has been upskilling university students over the last two years through the "GP Explorers" programme, successfully preparing students for the workplace.

And now, GP Academy aims to spread this impact nationwide.The Career Launchpad programme within GP Academy is specially-designed to bridge the gaps between academic knowledge and the professional world, guiding students through practical, industry-oriented skills.

GP Academy courses offer augmented academic knowledge from the classrooms to prepare young minds for the next stages of their career.With in-depth training in areas of 4IR specialisations, paired with business strategy, value creation, team management, and more - GP Academy trainees are groomed to push their boundaries beyond traditional norms to stand tall in local and global markets for skilled talent.To be a part of the futureproof journey of GP Academy and access its courses, visit

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