|Bill Robertson is the Program Director of the Internetworking program. (Abriel photo)|
The Master of Engineering in Internetworking was introduced in 1997 as the first graduate program in the world dedicated to Internetworking. Since then, more than 500 students have successfully completed the program.
Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose was the major sponsor of the initiative to offer this specialty professional program at Dalhousie University. MTT, now part of the Aliant Group, was the local sponsor. Cisco Systems Inc. remains a major participant through their support for our laboratory. Our recent equipment upgrade gives us an equipment base which is second to none, and will permit us to include up-to-date experiments using equipment such as Cisco Call manager, Unity, Presence, Telepresence, Wireless LAN Controllers, LWAP AP in our Telecommunications and Emerging courses, as well as, in training seminars. Security offerings will benefit from Web Security Appliance and Identity Service Engine, ASA’s, IDS , as well as, the usual Pixes. MPLS enabled equipment in all our pods will enhance our ability to offer a solid education for MPLS networking and applications.
After 16 years of operation the program has changed to meet the expectations of the majority of students while we continue to offer an excellent education and training opportunity. The new format of Open Learning will see the courses having 5 weeks including a study week in the Fall and Winter and 4 weeks in the Summer, a full load of 2 courses per semester, with 5 semesters of courses with a seminar in the final semester. Students who come in September will have a 3 month break in the summer. Students who are looking for a world class education together with a solid training experience will discover that we offer both in a friendly and supportive environment. Our students are welcomed with a solid support system from our administrative offices. Having visited some of the countries from which our students come we understand the differences they will find upon arrival in Halifax and we take pride in supporting their transition to a new country and a new educational system. We see a marvelous transition in our students within the first semester of their arrival as they adapt to the demands of our education system.
Hiring managers continue to provide invaluable feedback to the program on industrial trends and directions, as well as, feedback on the performance of former students.
The delivery method we employ will assist our students to develop the work ethic, good teamwork, time management, and soft skills valued by hiring managers. Those qualities together with the career ready education and skills required by companies in a competitive marketplace will serve our graduates and their employers well. Like past graduates, future graduates will demonstrate that we have provided them with the best possible education and skill set to prepare them for a demanding and rewarding career.
Bill Robertson, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Director & Academic Director