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Innovative partnership established between the University and Juniper Networks

24 Sep 2021 2:15PM

New University of Suffolk facility to host network education lab for undergraduates and apprentices. 

The University of Suffolk has embarked on a new academic partnership with Juniper Networks, a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, which will see the new DigiTech Centre at BT’s Adastral Park in Ipswich, Suffolk furnished with state-of-the-art networking equipment. 

The partnership is the first of its kind for the University of Suffolk and a network technology vendor. The University of Suffolk trains the next generation of BT network engineers through its degree apprenticeship programme. Apprentices and undergraduate students from the University of Suffolk will now have the opportunity to benefit from a hands-on learning experience within their own closed environment in the brand-new DigiTech Centre, a BT and University collaboration funded by a £9.6m investment from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. Students will be free to experiment and explore different technical solutions, as previously they were only able to build their skills virtually.  

Working with Juniper and the Juniper Academic Alliance Program will also provide an accredited pathway for certified training in networking, cloud and automation technologies to enable students to become the next generation of technicians once they graduate. This will include access to Juniper’s wealth of educational resources. The first Suffolk students have already enrolled on Juniper certification tracks. 

Professor Nicholas Caldwell, Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the University of Suffolk said, "This partnership with Juniper will provide our students with hands-on experience in real-world networking solutions – including cutting edge cloud, AI, and security innovations – from one of the leading vendors in the industry. Our undergraduates and BT degree apprentices will be better able to translate theory into practice, using Juniper's state-of-the-art enterprise-grade equipment and software to become much more skilled, versatile computing professionals. It is also an opportunity for students to pursue industry-standard Juniper certifications. This is invaluable within a highly competitive employment landscape, positioning our students very strongly with highly desirable practical skills and knowledge that deliver value to a business from their first day." 

James Morgan, VP Enterprise Sales EMEA at Juniper Networks, said, “Juniper's Academic Alliance Program, Juniper Networks Cloud and Automation Academy, has built a strong member relationship with the University of Suffolk. Juniper’s Education Services program has made a substantial software and hardware donation to create a fully functioning onsite lab at the university’s new DigiTech Centre. This will enable both students and BT apprentices to expand their understanding of networking, cloud and automation technologies within a Juniper-led environment, as well as augment theoretical learning with practical experience.” 

Will Pryke, University of Suffolk DigiTech Centre Project Manager, added, “The DigiTech Centre was established to bring industry-leading technology innovation together with world-class academic provision. Working with Juniper has shown the power of such collaborations and is the start of what we believe will be a strong and successful partnership. We will continue to pursue further opportunities to build on this model with wider research and innovation projects.” 

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