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RMIT, Telstra team up to launch SDN program Featured

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RMIT Online and Telstra have joined force to launch a Software Defined Networking program and course designed to give students the fundamentals in networking and to obtain skills in areas such as IP networking, SDN, virtualisation with NFV, cloud implementation, orchestration, network service modelling, and automation.

The program - Software Defined Networking - is part of Telstra’s $25 million investment in training to give its own staff the skills they need to succeed in the future.

The online program, which will be fully accredited by RMIT University, will run for six weeks, will also be open to industry professionals, enabling participants to gain an in-depth understanding of SDN and NFV technologies.

RMIT says the industry-led short program will bring an Australian focus to the role, through industry mentors and case studies, to ensure students are equipped with an understanding of the local landscape.

Helen Souness, CEO of RMIT Online, says she believes the latest program offering will serve to prepare Australia’s telecommunications community for the advent of a new era in communications.

“New network technologies are driving the need for network engineers and telcos to upskill. We are thrilled to support Telstra to support its staff so proactively in this transition.”

Combining learning expertise with insights from the industry, Rebecca Holden from Telstra said the collaboration with RMIT Online reflected the importance of co-designing industry-based programs with leading education providers.

“As technology evolves so too does the need for lifelong learning. Gone are the days where we can ‘set-and-forget’ once we have a degree or diploma. This micro-credential will play an important part in making sure our workforce is ready for the future,” Holden said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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