Munich on 17th October 2013
by Carsten Johnson
The LINUX Professional Institute (LPI) invited partners from the EMEA region to Munich. The objective was to inform about new developments and to share and to learn from best practice examples. LPI was one of the first NetAcad Resource Partners (NRP) and brings significant value for students with learning material on open source operating systems. 42 education experts and LPI business partners met at the Vocational Training School for ICT – the largest Cisco Networking Academy in Bavaria.
The LPI offers certificates like Linux Essentials and LPIC. They match perfect with networking skills like the CCNA. The combination of these courses let vocational training teachers meet the national curriculum standards. That is the reason why so many Academy instructors were among the participants of the LINUX partner meeting. The LPI started to roll out the Linux Essentials certificate and reports great success in the German market.
On European level the LPI is an active member of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs and an industry partner for Cisco there. The alignment of the industry backed certification standards with the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) is a common initiative from LPI and Cisco.
The host institution, the Städtische Berufsschule für Informationstechnik in Munich, a vocational training school for ICT in Munich has published a script on Linux Essentials that can be used by other schools for free. It is available as a downloadable document on the school website.
Linux-Zertifizierung am www.bsinfo.eu
Visitors from China at the FH Technikum in Vienna
The FH Technikum in Vienna started as Cisco Networking Academy in 2004 and offers IT Adiministration and Networking Technology courses within the scope of their study focuses.
In a time when life becomes more connected every day the importance of Networking Technology goes far beyond the known study focuses as for example Computer Science, Information- and Communication Systems or Business Informatics. At the FH you can dive into following topics as a study focus or research area, where network technology and network security start to play a continuously growing role:
- Urban Renewable Energy Technologies
- Embedded Systems
- Intelligent Transport Systems
To win more students to go abroad for an exchange semester is really important for FH-Prof. Mag. Martin Kimmel, Director of the Center for International Relations at the FH. Cooperation and collaboration with educational organizations from around the world is a basis for this.
Within a study visit program of Wuxi Technician College, Jiangsu Province, China to the FH we had the chance to arrange a meeting with the Chinese Program Manager of the Cisco Networking Academy Jiang Hang and three instructors from local Networking Academies in Bejing.
How? The Cisco Office Vienna has a so-called Holodeck – yes, it is almost as if you can beam yourself to China: you really sit on a table together, on the one side sits Vienna and on the other side sits Bejing.
Cisco Collaboration Technology makes this possible, to be exact Cisco Telepresence solutions does.
On the last day of the visit the Career Fair took place at the University.
A good education or university degree is not enough any more in today’s world. Companies are looking for young talent who bring ideas and the courage to engage and implement new concepts. You should also have project experience and at best international exposure. How to get all that at the point? This is really not an easy task at all,
Maybe reading this article again will give you some ideas on how this can be accomplished.
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
The European Commission invited IT companies and local initiatives which joined forces to fight the skills gap AND youth unemployment to Brussels on 3rd of October 2013. The meeting after 6 months of activity since the launching event was dedicated to progress reports and the objective to support alliances among the pledges. Commissioner Nelie Kroess discussed with the pledges where they see potential for support from the policy makers. The diverse responsibility of Ministries and regional governments was highlighted as a problem. There should be a central access point for digital society in all member countries. The request for financial support from the EU Commission was raise by several small initiatives and NGOs. Commissioner Kroess promised to bring these arguments on the table when she meets with prime ministers and with the cabinet.
Nelie Kroess blog
In interactive workshops the participants from pledging institutions discussed the progress of their projects and identified areas for potential collaboration. The variety of launched actions under the umbrella of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs is amazing. The range spans from local job placement and apprenticeship initiatives to ambitious global learning management platforms. At the moment there are 41 pledges listed on the EU Commission website. A new platform was introduced where pledgers can report the progress of their project.
Cisco is one of the members of the Grand Coalition with a high reputation and visibility with the pledges to align the vendor backed certifications with the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) and the development of learning material for Smart Grid installers. One week before the conference SVP Chris Dedicoat met Commissioner Kroess and briefed her about the progress regarding Smart Grid content development. The EU Commission supports the dissemination of the Smart Grid content to as many European countries as possible. Opportunities to support the dissemination with European grants were discussed. There is a chance that localization and implementation to smaller European countries can be speed up with the support of the EU.