International award for CPIT computing department

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22 Sep 2015

CPIT's recent international computing award for excellence in supporting the Cisco Networking Academy has reinforced its lead in this global education initiative.

The Cisco networking system is used in CPIT's Information Communication and Technology programmes in the study of computer network systems. CPIT's excellence in the system's support in New Zealand and as a national instructor training centre, was recognised at the annual Cisco APAC Academy Conference in Bangkok recently. It was attended by CPIT Department of Computing staff member Peter Edge, who said he was proud to accept the award on the institute's behalf.

CPIT Department of Computing staff member Peter Edge, left, receiving an excellence award for the institute's role in supporting the Cisco Networking Academy community within New Zealand. Pictured at a recent ceremony in Bangkok, with Cisco Systems Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Harbrinder S. Kang and Asia Pacific Social Innovation Group director, Sandy Walsh.

"CPIT maintains a world-class reputation with state of the art equipment labs and a team of dedicated and talented staff members," Edge said.

Asia -Pacific participating countries in the award included New Zealand, India, Malaysia and Thailand, with the winner decided by the Cisco management panel, CPIT's head of computing Dr Nathan Rountree said.

"This is an outstanding achievement by the staff teaching in the Cisco area and one they should be very proud of."

CPIT's Cisco Academy Networking Centre was the first in the country, founded back in the early 1990s by staff member Andy Blackmur. Since then, CPIT had been responsible for training Cisco instructors from all over New Zealand, including the NZ Airforce, which now trained its own instructors, Rountree said.

CPIT is also a support centre for 28 academies nationwide, including high schools and other institutions, with Massey University being the latest to join the community.