Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is to pilot a four-day networking crash course for undergraduate and postgraduate students reading its BEng/MEng Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering degree or MSc Telecommunications Systems degree.
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The university has brought in Juniper Networks to run the course under the auspices of its Juniper Networks Academic Alliance, a partnership between the firm and a number of universities and colleges.
The course, which will run later this month, will see 100 applicants undertake three days of technical training and a day of certification examination on Juniper’s Junos operating system (OS), after which passing students will receive JNCIA-Junos certification.
The course has been designed for students with intermediate networking knowledge, and will provide students with an understanding of the Junos OS, networking fundamentals and basic routing and switching techniques.
QMUL already uses the Junosphere cloud platform to provide students with access to extensive network modelling scenarios and configuration experimentation through the Junosphere Cloud Classroom, a virtualised, on-demand teaching environment, according to QMUL lecturer in networks, Vindya Wijeratne.
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“Scores of students have been able to access virtual networks to learn basic networking skills, as well as test scenarios and practice theory in a risk-free yet realistic environment,” said Wijeratne.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of our collaboration and partnership with Juniper Networks,” she added.
“Training networking professionals for the future is important to Juniper. As companies move increasingly towards 'everything as a service', more of them are turning to Juniper for high-performance systems that are easy to use,” said Juniper senior vice-president of strategy and marketing, Mike Marcellin.
“Our Junosphere Cloud Classroom learning in a virtualised environment provides huge opportunities for remote location and cross-continent teaching at minimum cost. This four-day training and certification course will provide students the opportunity to learn real-life networking skills and training to advance their career prospects and become cloud builders of the future.”