Menu
Cisco backed research shows Kiwi universities support micro-credentials

Cisco backed research shows Kiwi universities support micro-credentials

Cisco-backed research shows micro-credentials can open up access to areas of industry demand and address skills shortages

Networking giant Cisco is pushing micro-credentials in NZ universities.

Networking giant Cisco is pushing micro-credentials in NZ universities.

Credit: Dreamstime

Research from global IT giant Cisco in collaboration with Victoria University and the University of Waikato shows local tertiary leaders support the delivery of micro-credentials in partnership with an "expert provider".

"Education is ongoing in the IT world and micro-credentials provide an excellent way to up-skill in highly specialised areas of technical knowledge, like cyber security,” Victoria University of Wellington' head of school of information management Dr Janet Toland said.

Globally, micro-credentials are delivered successfully through partnerships between industry providers and tertiary institutions with a trend toward credit-bearing postgraduate qualifications.

To support the growing need for more cyber security experts, for instance, universities around the world are delivering micro-credentials through partnerships between industry and tertiary providers.

The research drew from global and New Zealand-focused insights with interviews conducted with cyber security academics, career and academic advisors, professional development directors and an IT services manager.

“It really does make sense for New Zealand universities to partner with organisations like Cisco to deliver these courses," Toland said. "We have the educational and research expertise and they have the state of the art technical knowledge to ensure what is offered is exactly what employers are looking for.”

Last month, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority announced it was introducing a micro-credential system as part of New Zealand’s regulated education and training system.

"The introduction of a micro-credential system will help ensure that the New Zealand education and training system remains relevant in a period of fast paced social, economic and technological changes," it said.

Applications for the approval for micro credential courses opened on August 22.

Micro-credentials are likely to become increasingly valuable to tertiary students, Toland said, because they enable students to quickly up-skill in the areas that are most immediately relevant to their careers.

“At the moment there is a lot of interest at the postgraduate level," Toland added. "Mature students appreciate being able to access education in 'bite sized chunks' to fit in with their busy lifestyles."

The research reaffirmed the significance of developing an approach that will support areas of national importance, Cisco New Zealand country director Dave Wilson said.

"Our vision is to work alongside government and education providers to help meet those skills shortages and the challenges facing the growing digital economy,” he said.

This year Cisco celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Networking Academy - an IT skills and career building program available to learning institutions and individuals worldwide. The program has reached 9.26 million students in 190 countries across the globe.

In New Zealand, the academy has partnered with colleges, universities, vocational schools, public sector and nonprofits and has helped over 27,600 students gain industry-relevant ICT skills.

Over 490 students in New Zealand have undertaken Cisco cybersecurity courses to date.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags trainingciscoskillsuniversitycredentialsmicro-credentials

Brand Post

Featured

Slideshows

Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects

Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects

A Kumeu, Auckland, winery was the venue for a Malwarebytes event for partner and prospect MSPs - with some straight shooting on the side. The half-day getaway, which featured an archery competition, lunch and wine-tasting aimed at bringing Malwarebytes' local New Zealand and top and prospective MSP partners together to celebrate recent local successes, and discuss the current state of malware in New Zealand. This was also a unique opportunity for local MSPs to learn about how they can get the most out of Malwarebytes' MSP program and offering, as more Kiwi businesses are targeted by malware.

Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects
EDGE 2019: Channel forges new partnerships during evening networking

EDGE 2019: Channel forges new partnerships during evening networking

Partners, vendors and distributors reconnected during a number of social gatherings during EDGE 2019. The first evening saw the channel congregate for a welcome party at the Hamilton Island yacht club, while the main poolside proved to be the perfect stop for a barbecue on the final night.

EDGE 2019: Channel forges new partnerships during evening networking
Show Comments