Cisco trains DWU staff

Staff members of Divine Word University (DWU) have attained certificates from Cisco Systems Inc after successfully completing its training modules recently.

Cisco Systems, the global designer, manufacturer and supplier of internet protocol (IP)-based products and services delivered the training through staff from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in January, 2015.

Academic staff from the DWU departments of Information Systems (IS) and Mathematics and Computing Science (MCS) as well as technical staff from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department successfully completed Instructor Training courses offered by Cisco Systems and delivered by RMIT staff. The courses are part of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) program, an internationally recognised standard of excellence.

Seventeen of the staff successfully completed assessment for the first module CCNA1 and nine went on to complete the CCNA2 module after six days of intensive preparation involving theory and practical training. Training for the remaining two modules (CCNA3 and CCNA4) will be completed in January 2016.

The President of DWU Fr Jan Czuba presented certificates, on behalf of Cisco Systems, to these successful staff for completing the first two modules at a brief ceremony at the Madang campus. Staff attaining at the highest level also received a copy of a congratulatory letter from Cisco management.

Fr Czuba congratulated these staff members for sacrificing part of their holidays in early January, 2015 to complete this training in order to gain accreditation as instructors in the new Cisco Academy now established at DWU. He said this training was important for DWU as it upgrades the skills and competencies of the university academic and technical staff.

He commended head of the DWU Information Systems (IS) Department, Professor Peter Anderson for creating the link between DWU and Cisco System, after he moved up from the Australian Catholic University to start the department more than a decade ago. “I would like to congratulate Professor Peter Anderson for his efforts, which we are seeing the results of today,” said Fr Czuba.

He thanked the RMIT for providing the training instructors on behalf of Cisco adding that it was a result of the collaborative work DWU has with RMIT. He said the training was a result of collaboration that DWU has with Cisco over several years. Prof Anderson said he was impressed with the DWU staff for their success with the training as they “did extremely well”.

“It was gratifying to see DWU staff, most of whom are graduates of the University, doing so well in Cisco exams and being accredited as Cisco training instructors, said Prof Anderson.