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University of New South Wales and Cisco Collaborate on Network Systems Architecture Course

July 21, 2010 - 5 Comments

A new post-graduate course in Network Systems Architecture at the University of New South Wales in Australia kicks off on July 22 to help Sydney-based students take advantage of opportunities created by communication advances such as the National Broadband Network and Cloud Computing.

Head of UNSW’s School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah said the course is the first of its kind in Australia and the first such collaboration between Cisco and an Australian university.

“In collaboration with Cisco we have come up with a network architecture course that will enable our students to take a high-level view of networking systems and connect engineering design to the business goals of an organisation.  Students learn about various networking methods and technologies but this new course teaches them how to integrate this knowledge to design, analyse, and verify entire systems that address user and business requirements while meeting cost constraints and future expansion needs.”

Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Australia and New Zealand, said demand for appropriately skilled engineers was rising as technology became more complex and organisations sought alignment between technology investments and business requirements.

“Unfortunately, we have found a lack of sufficient industry training to address these important trends, so Cisco has collaborated with UNSW to create this course that we believe will have widespread industry appeal.”

The Network Systems Architecture course will enable engineers to deal with increasingly complex applications and business models, such as e-commerce, data centres and cloud computing, for which new, systems-level architectures need to be developed.

The course is available to postgraduates, industry participants and some final-year undergraduate engineering students.

Check out this Flip Video of UNSW’s Eliathamby Ambikairajah and Cisco’s Kevin Bloch discussing the industry gaps this network systems architecture course addresses:



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  1. Great initiative. Deep dives into network architectures and their relevance for different industry verticals will be really important.

  2. Check out this Flip Video of UNSW’s Eliathamby Ambikairajah and Cisco’s Kevin Bloch discussing the industry gaps this network systems architecture course addresses:

  3. The course sounds to be effective and entertaining, and it would be wonderful to have opportunity to attend that in more countries.

  4. Haha – this is great! I wish I was only 30 years younger. I would have traveled to Australia.

  5. This is seems like an interesting course to take especially if cloud computing is the way everything seems to be heading. Just too bad the school is in Australia.