APIIT offers a Specialised Degree in Computer Networks and Security
Grooming top networking and security professionals for the future
APIIT School of Computing is offering an exciting specialised degree in the field of Computer Networks and Security. Well-known for its Computing and Software Engineering programmes, this novel programme adds 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 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 programmes 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.
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 computer 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.
Q: This is good to hear - so students will be well prepared to get a job after graduation?
DK: Yes, APIIT students are groomed to become 'employable' graduates, possessing hands on experience, knowledge and skills on par with the industry requirements. Our programmes are structured carefully to offer in-depth knowledge within the area of computing covering computer systems, networking, hardware, software, and information systems. Students are also required to engage in many development projects to help them acquire technical capabilities. This is one of the key reasons why APIIT-Sri Lanka has attracted thousands of students from all parts of Sri Lanka and from overseas.
Q: How is your Lecture Panel? Are there any experts in networking and security?
DK: APIIT School of Computing has a very intellectual environment that facilitates sharing of techniques and tools to ensure a high quality learning experience - this is due to the excellent pool of lecturers in the School of Computing. All the lecturers have offices on-campus and students can generally meet with them any time.
We certainly have experts in networking and security. Dr. Chamil Kulatunga and I will form the core team to drive this program. Dr. Kulatunga has obtained a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, UK (2009) in the area of Internet congestion control protocol designs. After his PhD he has conducted research in the areas of wireless sensor networks and peer-to-peer networking as a postdoctoral researcher in Ireland. I also have been involved in several security related projects, during my study at the University of California, and while teaching at Boston University, where I taught Information Security and Database Security. My research focuses on Password Management, Cyber Security, and Secure Software Design. We also have in our panel an academic who holds a MSc from the University of Moratuwa and CCNA, CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) professional qualifications in the computer networking and security field. We are also pursuing several research opportunities at APIIT so that our students can develop critical thinking abilities, and get a taste of doing projects that are guided by research experts.
Rest of our Computing team is also very experienced, and all have developed excellent teaching and learning skills over the years - Dr. Gayan Jayakody, Mr. Gamindu Hemachandra, Ms. Nadeera Ahangama, Ms. Oshini Jayatunga, Mr. T. Saravanan, and Mr. Udesh Amarasinghe. The math related modules are handled by Ms. Rangika Peiris and Ms. Pushpanie Subasinghe. Most of our academic staff is also trained in technical areas related to their field of study or research, and they can provide useful guidance to students during and after course delivery. We also closely work with the Applied IT lecturers - Mr. Syed Rehan, Ms. Manesha Peiris and Mr. Eranjan Padumadasa.
Q: To sum it up - Why is Networking and Security considered an important and relevant field of study?
DK: We now live in the Information Age - and learning or developing techniques to exchange data and gather information will continue to fascinate us. IT industry and networking companies in particular are growing; this includes companies providing services through Internet, cell-phones, wireless devices, e-commerce, sensors, broadband networks, online shopping, banking, social networking, etc. Developing software, and security features to support these services is essential. The market demand for professionals who are trained in networking and security will continue to grow, and hence there is a need to develop a high quality programme that will groom top IT professionals in this field. As a leading higher education institute, APIIT will provide this opportunity to the youth - a globally recognised degree in Computer Networks and Security.
Students wishing to enrol in the next intake of the BEng (Hons)/ BSc (Hons) Computer Networks & Security degree programme scheduled to commence in February 2012, are advised to contact Ms. Yoga on 011 7675107/ 2675060 or email@example.com for further information and assistance, and invited to visit the APIIT City Campus at 388, Union Place, Colombo 2 to experience the APIIT Advantage.