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Singapore's RP signs MoU with Cisco

T.C. Seow | July 10, 2013
Republic Polytechnic and Cisco launch security-focused networking certification; also collaborate on students' final-year project

Cisco and Republic Polytechnic have signed a memorandum of agreement to integrate the Cisco CCNA Security training program into the polytechnic's Diploma in Information Technology course.

CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification is a first-level Cisco Career certification. The certification validates the certified person's ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

The Cisco CCNA Security curriculum within the Diploma in IT will provide students at Republic Polytechnic with the necessary skills for jobs within the network security industry. The program trains the students on the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognise threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.

According to Cisco, it emphasises core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, and competency in the technologies used in a security structure.

In addition to this memorandum of agreement, Republic Polytechnic and Cisco collaborated on a project for students enrolled in the final year of the Diploma in IT.

For the final year project, students developed a working prototype of a mobility-focused physical demonstration unit, a Web portal for information access, a video and a demonstration script. They were mentored by Cisco engineers, taught to develop outcomes based on business needs and customer applications, and schooled on the business value of technology.

The winning final-year project—by Ong Man Ru, Gerald Lim, Gary Koh and Honey Aung—will be displayed at Cisco's new regional headquarters at Changi.

Said Yeo Li Pheow, principal/CEO of Republic Polytechnic: "RP values its long-standing partnership with Cisco. This MoU will further provide RP students from the School of Infocomm with the skills and knowledge on computer networking systems, allowing them to sharpen their technical capabilities in this area."

Joshua Soh, managing director for Cisco in Singapore and Brunei, said: "I'm excited by the prospects this collaboration provides students in Republic Polytechnic as the skills they learn in the classroom, combined with the practical experiences acquired through their final-year project, will be key for Singapore's growth as we enhance national competitiveness and continually cultivate a pool of qualified professionals able to bridge the industry demand in the region."


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