APIIT launches Degree in Computer Networks and Security

Grooming top networking and security professional for the future

APIIT School of Computing has announced the launch of a new and exciting degree in the field of Computer Networks and Security in October 2011. Well-known for its Computing and Software Engineering programmes, this novel programme will add a new dimension to APIIT's academic provision. Considering the strong curriculum of this degree and the increasing demand in the market, it is no wonder that APIIT is excited about its latest venture - grooming top Computer Networks and Security professionals!

Following is an interview with Dr. Dhananjay Kulkarni (DK), Programme Leader of the APIIT School of Computing.

APIIT - Sri Lanka, incorporated in September 1999 in partnership with the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology - Malaysia and Staffordshire University, UK offers tertiary education in Computing/IT, Business and Legal studies. These degree programmes are conducted over a period of three years enabling students to graduate in their early twenties with a prestigious Internal British Degree awarded by Staffordshire University. APIIT-Sri Lanka also facilitates credit transfers to a number of reputable universities in the UK and Australia and thus forms part of an international collaboration in cross border education.

Staffordshire University is an internationally accredited higher educational institute in the UK with state-of-the-art facilities to support teaching and learning. A comprehensive quality assurance framework ensures that APIIT -Sri Lanka offers similar facilities and learning experiences to students studying at its City Campus in Colombo. Accordingly, all programmes at APIIT are quality assured by Staffordshire University and students are awarded with the same degree certificate offered to those studying in UK.
Q: Can you tell us a little about the APIIT School of Computing and its vision?

DK: The APIIT School of Computing offers Degree programmes in Computing/IT. Equal emphasis on theory and practice of computing and an industry oriented project towards the latter part of the programme are the distinctive features of the Computing Degrees. The School of Computing is driven by a vision to be the leading Computing School in the country with a global reputation for academic excellence; its mission is to produce IT professionals who are effective in a competitive international environment. All our programs have been designed to be relevant to the current industry requirements, thus ensuring employability of graduates. This is the biggest advantage our students have - securing employment with ease.

Q: What are the degrees offered by the School of Computing?
DK: The Computing School offers degrees in the following specializations: (1) B.Sc. / B.Eng. (Hons) in Computing Science, (2) B.Sc. / B.Eng. (Hons) in Software Engineering, and (3) B.Sc. / B.Eng. (Hons) in Computer Networks and Security, which we are launching in October 2011.
Q: Computer Networks and Security seems new and interesting, what is this programme about?
DK: This award aims at producing Computing graduates who are skilled in networking and security related services in the IT world.
A variety of topics are covered, including general networking systems, advanced topics in networking, router technologies, computer security, and secure software programming. Being one of the important fields for the future, students will be exposed to cutting-edge applications and networking tools to build secure systems.

Q: What kind of subjects will students study in this degree? Will they get practical experience in the subjects?
DK: Apart from learning the foundation of computer systems, programming, and design techniques, the students will learn the tools and techniques used in today's networking world. This includes routers, IP telephony, LAN/WAN, switching, network service quality and of course security-related aspects of such networked systems. The students will gain advanced knowledge on how to build secure hardware and software systems so that the IT world can be made a safer and better place for people to exchange information. As we all know - everyone needs a computer and Internet connection these days! We have state-of-the-art laboratories which are well equipped with the latest technologies to learn and experiment with networking and security.

State- of- the- art APIIT IT Laboratories
Q: OK, so what kinds of jobs are available for Computer Networking and Security graduates?
DK: Opportunities for a CNS graduates are plenty, including working as Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Security Technician, System Admin, Security Consultant, Quality Assurance / Test Engineer, Application Developer, Web Developer, etc. These graduates may also work as Systems Analyst, Software Engineer, DBA, Graphics Designer, Web Designer, or Project Manager - depending on their interest.

Students wishing to enrol in the inaugural intake of the BEng (Hons)/ BSc (Hons) Computer Networks & Security degree programme scheduled to commence in October 2011, are advised to contact Ms. Yoga on 011 7675107/ 2675060 or for further information and assistance, and invited to visit the APIIT City Campus at 388, Union Place, Colombo 2 to experience the APIIT Advantage.

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