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Northeastern University establishes IoT skills programme

Steve Rogerson
February 9, 2017

Northeastern University in Silicon Valley is collaborating with Cisco to develop and deliver curricula to establish a laboratory for skills training in the IoT. The programme was developed to address the $6tn demand for IoT skills and the need to upskill workers for the next phase of connectivity.

The joint programme will combine hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with coursework to prepare today's workers for the demands of IoT technology.

"We're predicting that the next wave of technology will require a different skill set than that of traditional networking, computer science, software, hardware, network and data communication engineers, and big data professionals," said PK Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University-Silicon Valley. "To meet the requirements of these careers, we are working with an industry leader that is dedicated to cultivating talent and leadership for the emerging IoT industry."

The programme will leverage Northeastern's robust research enterprise and Cisco's leadership in technology to prepare students for the next chapter in an interconnected world that requires a strong foundation in hardware and software, knowledge of the entire technology stack, data analysis and communications, and cyber-security.

"In collaborating with Northeastern University-Silicon Valley, we plan to build upon our past successes to create a financially sustainable and operationally scalable programme for developing highly employable IoT professionals," said Gary Coman, business development director for Cisco.

The programme is designed for working professionals who already have a strong background in the foundational subjects required for future success in IoT. Courses will be delivered in a part-time, hybrid format to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals. Most of the lecture-oriented instruction will be offered online for easy access. However, because of the importance of the connected nature and collaborative spirit of IoT, cohorts will come together for lab work hackathons, and other professional skills trainings and experiential opportunities.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programmes leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Silicon Valley, Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle and Toronto.