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Cairo University students kick-off the new term with a Juniper Networks Academic Bootcamp!
Oct 5, 2015

For approximately 70 students from Cairo University the new academic year kicked-off with a Juniper Academic Bootcamp! (Delivered by Juniper Networks and hosted by Cairo University). Cairo University is a new Juniper Networks Academic Alliance (JNAA) partner the Juniper Academic Bootcamp event provided great platform to launch the new academic alliance relationship between Cairo University and Juniper Networks.

 

Designed for students with a basic knowledge of networking, content from Juniper’s Networking Fundamentals, Introduction to the Junos Operating System (IJOS) and Junos Routing Essentials (JRE) courses were delivered which provided students with an understanding of the Junos operating system, networking fundamentals and basic routing and switching techniques. Students were also provided with a free voucher in order to undertake the JNCIA-Junos certification exam.

 

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The event was also visited by Juniper partners who helped bridging the gap between industry and academia and provided students with valuable insight into both industry trends and skills sought by prospective employers. Students had the opportunity to engage with Juniper partners who hosted a Q&A session. These partner visits, as part of the overall Juniper Academic Bootcamp format, have proven both valuable and extremely popular with both students and partners. In previous events, these visits have resulted in partners recruiting students they have met directly as a result of the event.

 

In addition to providing students with valuable Junos technical skills, the Juniper Academic Bootcamps also provide a growing pipeline of Juniper skills entering the market which can be leveraged by both Juniper partners and customers. This is of particular value to the Egyptian market which is currently experiencing a severe shortage of Juniper skills.

Dr Ahmed Khattab, Assistant Professor, EECE Department at Cairo University had the following to say: “The Egyptian telecom market currently needs good networking engineering and Cairo University prides itself on being responsive to industry requirements.  Cairo University’s academic alliance partnership with Juniper Networks has allowed Cairo University to not only add technical value to the student learning experience by offering an extracurricular Juniper Academic Bootcamp but also support local industry by providing an injection of much needed Juniper skills into the local market going forward.  For our students, the acquisition of Juniper skills also greater expands and improves students’ employment opportunities.  Cairo University continually explores opportunities to align with industry and ensure that its students receive the best education possible with an industry relevant experience and a health balance between theoretical and practical skills.  Joining the Juniper Networks Academic Alliance program has allowed Cairo University to further meet these objectives”

 

Mohamed Abdelrahman, senior commercial account manager at Juniper Networks said: "In the last two years Juniper Middle-East in general and specifically Juniper Egypt market share has been dramatically increased. This has led to an increase in the demand for qualified Juniper resources. The fact that current numbers of qualified Juniper resources compared to the market share is extremely low gave us the motive to partner with Cairo University to produce increased numbers of qualified Juniper resources entering the local market. It is a real win-win situation as Cairo University gains new initiatives to complement their curriculum, students gain the opportunity to become Juniper certified which greatly improves their employment options and the local market gains much sought after and need Juniper skills” 

 

Juniper Networks is extremely pleased with the success of the event and the positive response from students. Juniper Networks looks forward to growing its academic alliance initiatives in Egypt and developing a pipeline of much needed Juniper skills entering the local market.

 

For further information about the Juniper Networks Academic Alliance program please contact: jenni@juniper.net or academicalliance@juniper.net