The College of Computing and IS through the Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) on the 25th January 2018 hosted the Cisco Networking Academy partners to a 2-day workshop for managers and instructors.
The workshop was opened by the new CiPSD HOD Ms. Barbara Nalubega representing the Principal (Prof. T. Oyana). She welcomed the facilitators of the workshop namely Ms. Hital Muraj (EA Corporate Manager) and Mr. Serges Nanfack (Africa Technical Lead) and in her remarks was glad all academies in Uganda honored the invite and wished everyone fruitful deliberations over the two days. It should be noted that participating managers and instructors were from the following academies; Kampala International University, Kampala University, Monaco Labs, ESLSCA International Business School, Bugema University to name but a few.
Ms. Muraj’s presentation initially gave a brief introduction/overview about the Cisco Networking Academy in which she talked about how the global learning program focused on Information Communications Technology (ICT), computer networking, and career skills. She also mentioned the Cisco partners with government, social benefit organizations, and 9,500 schools, colleges and universities worldwide.
She also briefly shared with participants the global impact of the program since inception in 1997 i.e. its presence in over 170 countries, the 20,000+ Instructors worldwide, over 1 million students worldwide each year, the 9,500 Academies worldwide, and the 19 different course languages.
Its impact in Uganda (according to the fiscal year metrics as of 31.12.17) is 26 institutions partnering with Cisco having enrolled 46,369 academy students since inception and 15% are female students.
She reminded participants about the benefits of the program to students namely;
- Experienced instructors teaching in classroom
- Rigorous, engaging courses and online content
- Individual instruction and independent study
- Hands-on experience in labs working collaboratively and individually
- Preparation for industry-recognized certifications
- Pathways to higher education and careers
- Access to global ICT support communities, career tools, and social networking
She concluded her presentation by sharing the Networking Academy Learning Portfolio (Current and planned).
Her presentation was followed by a presentation from Bugema University Cisco Academy (BUCA) about Curriculum Integration & Growth of the Cisco programme – Best Practices. For example, their department realized that CISCO was a developing course that contributes to a student’s creativity and innovation and therefore;
- Devised means of consuming courses/content that CISCO has created.
- Identified the courses that can match the University curriculum
- Ensured that instructors understood the need for their involvement in making the students and lecturers appreciate the concept.
Day 2 of the workshop featured a training session for Cisco Academy instructors introducing them to Network Programmability Fundamentals. The training facilitated by Serges Nanfack (Technical Manager, Sub Saharan Africa) gave instructors the chance to begin preparing for the next wave in networking technologies: flexible, open, and application-aware programmable infrastructure using functionality of the Cisco APIC EM (Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module) etc.
He also discussed the new Cyber security courses on offer through the Cisco Academy and was very excited to see that some of the instructors had qualified as CCNA Cyber Ops Instructors.
The workshop was closed by the Principal who was pleased that all the cisco academies honored the invite to the workshop. He advised participants to always strive to be the best they can be as academies and individuals.