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Summer school teaches cloud computing to Chinese students

Queen Mary University of London has launched its inaugural Summer School, which will see 65 students from Beijing learn cloud computing from university experts over two weeks.  

Joint Programme Summer School 2019

Students at the Joint Programme Summer School

The students on the Joint Programme Summer School will study two hours per day of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing modules followed by lab sessions. They will also participate in English language classes, run by the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film (SSLF).

The Queen Mary-Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Joint Programme started in 2004 and is the oldest of its kind in the UK. The programme operates a “flying faculty” model, with Queen Mary Lecturers and Project Supervisors travelling to Beijing regularly to teach and support students.

There are currently three degree programmes on the Joint Programme: Telecommunications Engineering with Management, e-Commerce Engineering with Law, and Internet of Things Engineering. Graduates receive two degrees (one from each university) and are taught and assessed in English. The current student population is 2,600.

Importance of “the cloud”

Dr Gokop Goteng from Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science said: “At the end of the two weeks training, students will obtain both the theoretical and hands-on practical skills in cloud computing that will enable them to perform the most important tasks that companies are looking for in fresh cloud computing graduates.

“These skills will help the students to pursue careers in different specialisations in the booming cloud technology industry with many companies. Each student will obtain an AWS certificate of completion for the course at the end of this training. Also, the students will now be equipped with the knowledge that will enable them to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam and to become professional cloud experts.”

The summer school also hosted Tom Woodyer from Amazon Web Services who gave a presentation on the growing importance of “the cloud” and the role it plays in our daily lives, from providing GPS mapping to on-demand entertainment streaming services, and the innovative areas benefitting from cloud solutions, such as medical imaging and coronary artery disease detection.


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