Third in Cisco Netriders Competition

Lai (third from right) with (fourth from left) Dr Gan, Dr Lau and other participants.

UTAR Computer Science student Lai Wing Khang stamped his mark by securing one of the top three spots in the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders CCNA Competition 2017, which was held at the Politeknik Mersing in Johor on 23 August 2017.

Organised in partnership with Cisco, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Teralogic Solutions Sdn Bhd and Politeknik Mersing, the annual competition was aimed to give an opportunity to university students and alumni to showcase their networking abilities, learn valuable new IT skills, and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field.

This year, the competition drew over 924 participants from roughly 20 institutions across Malaysia. Cisco NetRiders competition provides students with a hands-on practice and experience in a competitive environment, a chance to test their skills and recognise their weaknesses, showcase their knowledge, and create interactive networking skills as well as new friendships across the world.

Lai was announced as the second runner-up. He won a championship hoodie, headset and a certificate of achievement.

Besides Lai, there were a total of seven undergraduate students from the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT) participated in the competition. They were Communications and Networking students Chee Tiek Keat, Chin Wei Hou, Ng Tian Yao, Leong Chin Ming and Philip Cheong Zhi Qiang; and Computer Science students Chow Jenn Pang and Lim Yun Kai.

The competition focused on CCNA Routing and Switching certification knowledge and skills. The contestants were evaluated based on their speed and accuracy to complete 100 theoretical questions in 60 minutes and a 90-minute practical test requiring them to do network set-up.

The CCNA certification validated the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. CCNA certified professionals have the knowledge and skills to make connections to remote sites via a WAN, and mitigate basic security threats. CCNA training covers the use of topics such as IOS, IPv6, IPv4, OSPF, Cisco Licensing, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interfaces, Frame Relay interfaces VLANs, Ethernet, VLSM, and basic traffic filtering. There were also some Internet of Things (IoT) and career soft skills questions.

Lai said, “I have always been a supporter of this competition. The competition allowed me to compete with students from other universities. I was pretty surprised and happy that UTAR did not go home empty-handed after a long journey from Kampar to Mersing.” He added, “I would like to extend my gratitude to my lecturers Dr Gan Ming Lee and Assoc Prof Dr Lau Phooi Yee for their guidance and support throughout the competition. Notes and materials given by Dr Gan were indeed helpful to perform well during the competition.”

The Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition offers opportunities for students and alumni in Asia Pacific to showcase their networking abilities, learn valuable IT skills, and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field. Students taking the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Discovery or CCNA Exploration courses can participate in the Malaysian NetRiders National CCNA Competition.

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