Charles Mutua of Kenyatta University emerges second in Cisco student contest




Charles Nzioka Mutua, a final year Computer Science student from Kenyatta University, has emerged the second best in Africa in Netriders, an IT challenge organised Cisco. Mutua is among 4 finalists set to travel to US this Saturday – January 6, 2018 – for a 5-day study tour.

(TOP: Charles Mutua, the Computer Science student from Kenyatta University). 

The image below shows the four finalists and their respective institutions:

The NetRiders competition provides students with hands-on practice and experience in a competitive environment, thereby giving them a chance to test their skills and recognize their weaknesses, showcase their knowledge, and create interactive networking skills. It also provides an opportunity for instructors to lead students and showcase their teaching skills.

The competitions, offered to students who are currently or recently enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy course,  are held within the various Cisco regions namely; Africa, Asia Pacific & Japan, Europe, Russian Federation, Greater China & Mongolia, Latin America & the Caribbean Middle East, and USA & Canada. Each region offers three levels of competitions: CCNA, CCENT, and IT Essentials.

It utilizes Cisco’s Web technologies to create an interactive networking skills contest that enhances classroom learning, unites students from across the world, and promotes further technology education and training.

The NetRiders competition has three stages – round 1, round 2 and round 3. The Round One qualifiers took place in early May 2017 and comprised two virtual exams (60 minutes each) where students were required to attain a minimum score of 60% to qualify for Round 2. Round Two qualifiers, held in early June 2017, also comprised two virtual exams (one 60 minutes and the other 90 minutes). For students to advance to Round 3, they had to score a minimum of 70%. Round Three of the Netriders competition, also the final round of the contest, was held in mid July 2017. It comprised of two exams (one virtual and a 15 minute WebEx session).

“In 2017, Kenyatta University’s (KU) Cisco Networking Academy presented 12 students for CCENT and 3 students for the CCNA competitions respectively. Out of these, 10 students proceeded to round 2 of CCENT and all the 3 students were able to proceed to round 2 of CCNA. During the third and final round of the competition, the institution presented Charles Mutua who was not only the best student in the academy but also the best student in Kenya and the 2nd best student in Africa overall,” states the KU NetAcad on its website. “Due to his exemplary performance, Nzioka won himself a week study trip to the Cisco headquarters in San Jose, USA come January 2018.”

Morocco’s Hamza Jebbour was selected as best student overall in Africa.




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