University of Colorado Boulder Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program Launches Partnership with Juniper Networks Academic Alliance Program
(PR Web Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) February 11, 2014
The University of Colorado Boulder Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Juniper Networks. Through Juniper’s Academic Alliance Program, the partnership provides access to assets and equipment from Juniper that enables ITP students to gain experience on different operating system platforms.
"We’re very excited about the partnership with Juniper’s Academic Alliance Program – it helps ITP provide the best resources and experiences to assist our students in becoming prepared to succeed and excel in their technical professions. We’re expanding the ITP lab facilities and diversifying our interior and exterior routing capabilities, allowing students to explore a broader range of network applications in a virtualized ‘real world’ environment," states ITP Director Doug Sicker.
"Our goal is to replicate actual market conditions in the ITP lab environment and expose our students to the best equipment and systems in the marketplace. Training on a broad range of equipment translates into more flexibility and diversity when entering the marketplace and pursuing career opportunities. Bottom line: students are better equipped to enter the business world," he continued.
"The partnership between Juniper and the ITP program is a valuable bridge between the world of academia and industry. Having the Juniper systems in the lab provides students with hands on experience they otherwise wouldn’t get," states Shirin Mandalia, a 2008 ITP graduate and Resident Engineer Staff at Juniper Networks. "Many leading companies use Juniper systems, so having that experience makes ITP alumni very strong job applicants. One of the program’s strengths is that many on faculty come from industry and have real world experience – they understand what is happening in the IT marketplace and can impart that wisdom to their students. This, combined with experience in lab on different network applications, is a powerful advantage when alumni start applying for jobs."
About the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP)
Established in 1971, the graduate-level ITP is a highly integrated and comprehensive program combining technology, policy and business, along with a lab-rich learning environment. It was the first program of its kind, and it continues to lead in cutting-edge education and applied research.
ITP has more than 3,000 graduates working in companies such as eBay, Google, Brocade, Cisco and Comcast, as well as startup companies, and in leading government agencies in many countries around the world. For more information visit http://engineeringanywhere.colorado.edu/itp/.
About Juniper Academic Alliance
The purpose of the Academic Alliance program (JNAA) is to establish an ongoing relationship between Juniper Networks and leading universities, colleges and other academic institutes that are known to specialize in studies of engineering, software development, microelectronics, and telecommunication.
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