More enthusiasts will be able to learn how to build networks online as two more institutes in Hong Kong are to offer an international computer programme. Networking company Cisco Systems will link with City University and the Chinese University to offer a networking training programme later this year. Scott Dierks, Cisco's marketing programme manager (networking academy), told winners of the Web site design competition at the company's headquarters in Silicon Valley, California that more students around the world should learn how to build online networks. Mr Dierks said: 'We believe there will be a great demand for such a networking learning programme in Asia. We hope to expand the programme to Hong Kong and other Asian countries. 'The programme teaches students to design, build and maintain computer networks.' This year the company signed an agreement with the Vocational Training Council to offer its students the training. Lessons will start in September and graduates will receive certificates. Mr Dierks said the Chinese University and City University would join the programme later this year. The programme was launched in 1997 and more than 40 countries have introduced it. Cisco expects the number of participating countries to reach 65 before 2001, helping students and teachers keep pace with information technology advances.