Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cisco NetRiders Malaysia 2013 Showcases Gifted ICT Talent

Universiti Malaya wins at Malaysia’s most prestigious ICT networking skills competition

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 20 June 2013 – Malaysia’s future ICT leaders showcased their networking skills talent at the annual Cisco NetRiders Malaysia 2013 held last month at the MSC Malaysia K-Workers Development Centre in Cyberjaya. Universiti Malaya was the overall champion, beating 22 other teams from 12 academies for the highly coveted title. In collaboration with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Universiti Malaya will represent Malaysia at the Asia Pacific NetRiders Competition on 24 October 2013.

“The demand for connectivity, and with that, the shortage of human capital that can work with these networking technologies, makes the Cisco Networking Academy program a globally recognised, much sought-after education program that helps transform communities and countries. I’m excited by the opportunities this competition has opened up for the students in Malaysia and for Universiti Malaya. Winning the competition is a validation of their hard work. The Cisco NetRiders 2013 competition gives these students around the region a chance to put their future-ready, 21st-century skills to the test and earn recognition prior to joining the workforce,” said Irving Tan, vice president at Cisco for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

(L-R) Dr. Ling Teck Chaw, Associate Professor at Universiti Malaya’s Department of Computer System and Technology; Tan Lieu Yong, a winner of the Cisco NetRiders Malaysia 2013; Ms Ng Wan Peng, COO of Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC); Chew Foo Yuen, also a NetRiders winner; and Dr. Ang Tan Fong and Dr. Badrul Anuar , Senior Lecturers at Universiti Malaya’s Department of Computer System & Technology.

Cisco NetRiders is an ICT networking skills competition for undergraduates enrolled in the Cisco CCNA® certification programme for entry-level network engineers. The nationwide quest is held annually for young, skilful and dexterous networking enthusiasts from major local universities and community colleges.

Using Cisco’s Web 2.0 technologies to create an interactive networking skills contest, the challenges provide participants with a valuable learning experience by assessing their skills through a theoretical exam and an online network configuration test, according to the Networking Academy® curriculum.

“We are thrilled that all our hard work and preparation has paid off. Winning Cisco NetRiders Malaysia 2013 for the first time is a major highlight and recognises how the university has raised the bar on its quality and standards of education,” said Tan Lieu Yong, the proud captain of the winning team from Universiti Malaya. “The practical-skills test was particularly challenging, as we were faced with real-life scenarios, but we were able to apply what we had learned in the academy and come up with a viable solution.”

Coming in second and third places were teams from TAR University College. All the winners walked away with gifts such as iPads and cash prizes.

The Cisco Networking Academy® program is the flagship of Cisco’s social investment programs worldwide. The Networking Academy is the “world's largest classroom,” partnering with educational institutions, nonprofits, governments, and other international and local agencies. The program teaches students worldwide the skills needed to build, design and maintain networks, improving their career prospects while filling the global demand for networking professionals. Cisco has established more than 10,000 academies in 165 countries and students develop foundational skills in ICT while acquiring career skills in problem-solving, collaboration and critical thinking.

Launched in Malaysia in 2001, the programme has since attracted over 40 academies in Malaysia to implement the curriculum, generating a total of 9,000 skilled ICT graduates for the workforce to date.

First Place
University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur – Tan Lieu Yong and Chew Foo Yuen

Second Place
TAR University College, Kuala Lumpur – Soon Guan Ooi and Tan Jay Sern

Third Place
TAR University College, Kuala Lumpur – Karr Ven Loh and Heng Hiang Meng

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