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CONNECTing students to partners and jobs

Guest Author Nargiz Omarbekova

CISCO CONNECT connects students to partners and gives an opportunity to find jobs

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Cisco Connect event was held on September 29thand 30th in Almaty with a support of 18 Partners and 22 Mass Media outlets. Svetlana Anisimova, a General Manager of Cisco Kazakhstan mentioned the fast growing Networking Academy Program as a part of company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs. Svetlana presented that around 60 academies are providing Cisco courses to students of key universities in Kazakhstan. Eleven thousand students were educated since the inception of the program, fifteen hundred of them Cisco certified.

Networking Academy Students were actively engaged in the preparation of the event and helped during the event to Cisco staff. They had an opportunity to meet with Cisco engineers, partners and sponsors of the exhibition, ask questions, get business cards and make connections. For their hard work, they were rewarded with a free participation and amazing backpacks.

Instructor Trainer Azamat Zhamanov, who is going to open an “IoE Lab in SDU” was able to meet with a guest speaker Caspar Herzberg, Vice President Services and get inspirational ideas.

During the event, it was also announced that on September 27th in the meeting in New York,  chief of “Astana Expo 2017” Akhmetzhan Esimov and Cisco’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations Michael Timmeny signed a MoU implying to the partnership in the development of IT strategy of the “Astana EXPO-2017”.  Michael Timmeny comments that it a very valuable opportunity to showcase the latest innovation technologies developed by Cisco R&D Centers around the globe.

Inspirational visit to Cisco Dublin for Students from Denmark

Guest Author: Susanne Holmstedt

Visit to Cisco Dublin by students from SDE Denmark

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The group of 22 students and three teachers visited Cisco on 7 May 2015 as a part of an excursion to Dublin to experience both work-related and cultural subjects. This visit was very interesting with a content that everybody, both students and teachers, experienced as educational and informative.

We were welcomed by Tom Long, who gave us a thorough description of the many, varied activities that Cisco is involved in. Tom told us about the development of IT, both with a historical perspective and about IT at the present and in the future. Tom involved the students in an active and constructive discussion where they were encouraged to offer their own views on the various elements. He asked the students about the type of education they were doing, and he elaborated on the qualifications that Cisco would expect from them if they applied for a job.

We had an exciting demonstration of the advanced online conference system that is employed by Cisco where dedicated employees in both Oslo, London and Galway managed to include our students in the demonstration and at the same time, answered their questions. In the first part of the demonstration we learned about some of the many possibilities that are found in such a system. We saw how such a system could detect who was talking, and how it was able to change focus through speech and facial recognition. We also had a demonstration of 3D graphics. A very informative and educational demonstration!

Tom also talked about The Internet of Things as an important element in the future of IT. At this moment it is not only computers and smartphones that can access the internet. The Intelligent City is expected to be integral to The Internet of Things. We were included in a video conference with Cisco in Galway where the development of the Intelligent City is an important task. We had a comprehensive idea of the possibilities and the technology that could be a part of IT in the future. The conference showed examples of both the hardware and the software that are necessary to collect, adapt and present data in connection with the Intelligent City. Also in this case, our students were invited to participate in a discussion with the Cisco employee in Galway and were able to present their points of view and ideas on the subjects for discussion.

We would like to express our thanks to all the staff members at Cisco that gave us their time and made this a unique experience for us as guests. We are very grateful for their kindness, and all of us will definitely remember this visit as inspirational.

We would especially like to thank Tom Long for his courtesy and ability to engage the students in an active discussion on IT-related subjects.

Thank you from all of us from SDE in Denmark

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Syddansk Erhvervsskole Odense-Vejle
www.sde.dk

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Preparations for WorldSkills in 36 Countries

Author: Lantz Anders, Sweden

Anders LantzWorldSkills Sâo Paulo 2015 is not far away, and as the Chief Expert it’s a lot to do all since the CPW (competition preparation week) in February.

This year we have a new Technical description and also the largest amount of competitor ever (36 countries), and also more than 20 new experts, so there is huge work for me as the ”Skill manager” for this event. I have to be sure that every single detail will be in place before all Experts meet and do the final preparation on place in Brazil one week before the competition starts.

To my help I have the Deputy Chief Expert, Doug Warden from Canada and also three module team leaders with their assistants, and also a couple of ”old” experts that have roles as ESR (Expert with Special Responsibilities). All preparations that’s done and will be done until Sâo Paulo is done via WorldSkills discussion forum, where all experts have access to a lot of different topics.

The competitors have the actual competition tasks for the three modules Linux, Windows and Cisco environments for training since May 14th and on site in Brazil we then have to apply at least 30% changes on them.

We also have a new module this year ”Troubleshooting and secret challenges” that will be held for all on the last day of the competition.

The tasks here will be totally blind for the competitors and 50% of this will be a secret challenge made in Packet Tracer by Cisco!

In Sâo Paulo the will have a Hackaton style challenge also … wsdc2015.worldskills.org
A hackathon-style event where WorldSkills Champions and local technologists team up to solve real-world problems faced by Brazilian NGOs.

More about Worldskills at www.worldskills.org
and the upcoming competition at www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com/en/

Looking forward to seeing YOU involved ….

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