Cisco Network Academy has named Igbinedion University Okada as its host for its South-South Digital Skills and Entrepreneurship Development workshop. The workshop scheduled for 23rd to 28th September, 2019 will attract 30 higher institutions of learning across the South-South region of Nigeria.
This was made known by the South-South Representative of Cisco Systems Nigeria, Engineer David Ekpah during a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor and other Principal Officers of the University.
Engineer Ekpah in his presentation noted that Cisco International is happy to be part of the University’s transformational agenda which it said has positioned the University as one of the fastest growing Universities in Nigeria. He further expressed the satisfaction of Cisco International at the enthusiasm and commitment of Igbinedion University towards Cisco Programmes which has resulted in the establishment of a Cisco Academy in the University. He noted that the University has distinguished itself as a serious partner in progress and that the Cisco Academy of the University has trained One hundred (100) participants in one batch of which fifty Eight (58) of them are instructors. This he observed is the highest number by any institution in the country.
Engineer Ekpah further informed the Vice-Chancellor that Cisco is currently considering holding its Safari workshop which is one of the biggest continental workshop in Africa at Igbinedion University Okada by next year. While appraising the training schedule of the Cisco Academy for Igbinedion University Okada, Engineer Ekpah confirmed to the university management that Cisco is set to integrate its Curriculum with the university’s GST program, which would see to students taking Courses in IT essentials from their 100 level. Engineer Ekpah also intimated that Cisco shall be launching its certification short courses in Cyber-Security in Igbinedion University during the South-South Zonal workshop training.
Engr. Ekpah later presented Cisco certificates for some of the participant that attended the last training programme conducted by Cisco Academy in Igbinedion University, Okada to the Vice-Chancellor. He also seized the moment to present brochure containing the curriculum for the Cyber security programme in view.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor thanked the representative of Cisco for the support enjoyed by the University from Cisco. The Vice-Chancellor reiterated his commitment and that of the University to make innovation and entrepreneurship all inclusive through Digital application. He emphasized that the University will stop at nothing to ensure that its graduate are not only world class but are world changers. This he said informed the planned certification of student from 100 level in IT essentials and all the other programs provided at the Cisco academy of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor commended Cisco for its initiative in introducing Cyber Security programme into its academy in Igbinedion University, Okada noting that the University is already processing NUC approval to commence programs in Cyber-Security and Software Engineering at the undergraduate and post-graduate level.