Award-winning computer networking whizz shows way to San Jose

Award-winning computer networking whizz shows way to San Jose

Outstanding prowess in the Cisco networking system has earned CPIT computing student Christopher Robb an all expenses paid trip to San Jose, in the United States next January.

The 22 year-old CPIT Diploma of Computer Networking student finished third in the annual prestigious NetRiders Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) skills competition for the Asia Pacific and Japan region. About 1000 students and graduates competed in the event, which was contested over approximately eight weeks on campuses and in Cisco academy offices.

Christopher Robb 

CPIT uses the worldwide Cisco networking system in the study of computer network systems, in which the institute has earned international recognition for excellence in support and training, CPIT Department of Computing staff member Peter Edge said. 

"The Netriders network competition was a good example of CPIT's ongoing strong performance in Cisco, with all of our five contestants reaching the top 100, with Chris pulling himself up from the top 20 in round two into third place in round three for the entire region," he said.

Robb, who also holds a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies degree demonstrated his expertise in the ability to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

"I was extremely surprised to finish third. I didn't expect it. Going to the States next year to the Cisco headquarters will be an awesome opportunity to learn more about the system."

He paid tribute to his CPIT computing tutors for their ongoing support in his studies and to fellow student Martin Goerigk, who just missed out on making the top 20 that went onto round three.

While doing his internship with CPIT industry partner Computer Concept Ltd (CCL), Robb turned-down the possibility of a job in favour of undertaking diploma study in computer networking.

"I was on the service desk at CCL and I was offered a job but I wanted to learn more. I had done Cisco networking courses simultaneously with my degree course and I really enjoyed it, so it seemed natural to do the diploma."

Ultimately, he would like to be a computer network engineer. Robb will travel to the United States in January next year to spend time at the international Cisco System headquarters, in San Jose, California.