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CoCIS Events

There is a yet another chance for our Cisco students to register and compete with their peers worldwide in Netriders Skills Competition.


Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders IT skills competitions are a great opportunity for students and alumni in Africa to showcase their networking abilities, learn valuable new IT skills, and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field.

We will be running 3 levels of competition in Africa. At all three levels, the majority of the questions deal with technical skills but there will be some questions about Internet of Things (IoT) and career soft skills.

  • CCNA - geared toward CCNA certifications and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the 3rd or 4th CCNA course
  • CCENT - geared toward CCENT certifications and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the 1st or 2nd CCNA course
  • IT Essentials - geared toward the IT Essentials course and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the IT Essentials course

Eligibility Information

For all the eligibility requirements and rules of an individual students can download the Rules PDF and FAQ files for the competition they are interested in. A few things to note about competition elibility:

  • Students must be currently or recently enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration or IT Essentials course in a country in Africa
  • Students represent the Cisco Networking Academy and therefore the country where they are currently enrolled or most recently completed a CCNA or IT Essentials course
  • Students must live in a country in Africa
  • Students may not compete in both CCNA and CCENT competitions in a calendar year
  • Students may only compete in CCNA and CCENT two times and in IT Essentials one time, so we recommend students are strategic in selecting the best year to compete in each level of competition based on courses enrolled in or recently completed and all other eligibility rules


Prizes are awarded at the end of Round Two for CCENT and IT Essentials and at the end of Round Three for CCNA.

The grand prize for CCNA is a one week study trip to USA fully paid funded for the top student in the region.

See the poster and brochure attached for more details. 

Registration will be open from Wednesday, 15 February 2017 through Friday, 21 April 2017.

CoCIS hosts Paul Maritz

The College will be hosting Mr. Paul Maritz who is a former VP with Microsoft and CEO of VMWare in addition to several other huge jobs in the computing field.
He will be visiting with CoCIS for a day (20th March) to interface with the research and teaching units of CoCIS. 
Additional details will be availed several days before the visitation date.


Interaction Series

The software systems center is organizing a series of interactions with key IT/Software industry leaders. The aim of  the presentations is to provide a platform  where research meets industry. In these presentations the guests  discuss challenges, progress and status on pressing Software/IT industry issues. The researchers identify research gaps and partner with the industry to address these gaps. The guests are carefully selected based on exposure and practical experiences. The first presentation is by:

Mr Vijay Kamumuru - Managing Director of Sybyl Ltd (formerly Computer Point LTD),

10th March 2017 @ 11 am SCIT Conference Room (Block A). 

If you want to improve your understanding of IT/Software Industry, if you are looking for practical research problems in IT/Software, if you arelooking for industry partners in IT/Software or if your looking for something related to software/IT/Research and industry then be there on 10th March 2017.

About the Software Systems Center (SSC)- The software systems center (formerly Software Engineering Research Group) is research outfit that seeks to conduct empirical/practical research & innovations in the areas of software engineering and related disciplines. Empirical research is based on actual industry practice and therefore  SSC has strong and continues to build strong industry partnerships  of mutual interest. Please find SSC  at  CIT,  Block B, Level 3 for more details.

We are aiming at manageable audiences to facilitate in-depth discussions between researchers and the industry leaders. Please confirm your attendance by replying to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. such that we can plan for you. Thank you.

Research Management Workshop

The Research Management Workshop that is aimed at enhancing the research skills of graduate students whilst enabling supervisors to share knowledge and experience in their journey of graduate supervision.

PhD students will present their work, selected supervisors will talk about research methodology coupled with addressing student-supervisor relationships and expectations.

This workshop is scheduled to take place on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2017, 8:00am-17:00pm.

The venue will be CoCIS Conference room (Block A, 4th Floor). 

Refer to the attached for the Workshop programme and additional details.

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