A Nescot student has become the first person from Mauritius to gain an esteemed computing qualification.
Sayendra Sookdeb has achieved Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) status, which with fewer than ten per cent of students passing the first time is recognised as the most prestigious in networking.
“It was very challenging, and not something you could just decide to do on a whim,” said Sayendra, 27.
“You need to work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life and be completely committed, but it’s a great qualification to have and I would tell anyone who was interested to go for it.”
He said he particularly enjoyed the programming and software design elements of the course, and returned to Nescot in 2012 to study for his Cisco qualifications.
“I’ve been interested in computers since I was very young, but in Mauritius IT is still an unknown entity to so many people so it’s a very exciting time there,” Sayendra added.
“The teaching staff in the IT department at Nescot are amazing, and they’re so dedicated to helping the students to achieve their goals in any way they can.”
Sureshkumar Kamadchisundaram, an IT tutor and WorldSkills UK co-ordinator, said: “Gaining the CCIE status is an amazing achievement, but to pass first time is incredible.
“Sayendra’s talent and work ethic have really paid off, and the whole department is looking forward to seeing where he goes from here.”
Cisco introduced the CCIE certification in 1993 in order to mark out the most distinguished among the world’s internetworking experts.
The company, which designs and makes networking equipment, says CCIE certification holders represent fewer than 3% of all certified Cisco professionals and less than 1% of networking professionals worldwide.