Two of the AIUB teams; "SCHOLARS" and "SPARKS" are in the final round, all other 8 teams are Indian
Three teams from the American International University Bangladesh (AIUB), representing Bangladesh, departed for Bangalore, India on the 24th of November, to take part in two(2) high-profile skills competition in the area of computer network engineering. The competitions are being organized and sponsored by CISCO the premier name in the field of computer network equipment and systems. The 3 Bangladeshi teams comprising of 12 members are the AIUB-Leaders (the Champions of the Cisco National Skills Competition 2008), AIUB-Sparks (1st runner’s up), and AIUB-Scholars (2nd runner’s up). These were the top 3 winners of the National competition held on July 05, 2008 at Dhaka, where 34 teams competed including 5 teams from BUET. The 3 AIUB teams have been sponsored by CISCO to represent Bangladesh in the SAARC Regional Competition and the Champions (AIUB-Leaders) will also take part in the Asia Pacific competition. The teams are being led by Md. Manirul Islam, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at AIUB, and the Quality Assurance Support Specialist for Cisco for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. The first competition will be on November 26th which is called the “Cisco SAARC NetRiders”. This event will involve the top teams from each SAARC country, and will be held at Cisco’s State-of-the-Art facilities at Bangalore. The top two(2) teams from the Cisco SAARC NetRiders and the National Champion team of every representative country will then participate on November 27th in the APAC (Asia Pacific) Competition where they will compete against 16 other countries from the Asia Pacific, including Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to their departure from Dhaka, the AIUB teams paid a courtesy visit on Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice Chancellor of AIUB, and Dr. Hasan A. Hasan, Vice President & Founder-Member Board of Trustees of AIUB. Dr. Lamagna stressed upon the participants the importance of their role as they were representing their country and AIUB in a high profile international event. She mentioned the great honour of representing one’s country, and emphasized to them the need to keep this thought as a priority during their journey.