News Release

Ryerson University offers Toronto's First Masters of Engineering in Computer Networks

Cisco Systems Canada supports graduate program through $500,000 equipment donation
Oct 09, 2001

TORONTO, ON - October 9, 2001 - Ryerson University is launching a Masters of Engineering in Computer Networks program, the first graduate program of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area. The new program was made possible in part through the support of Cisco Systems Canada, which is donating more than $500,000 of networking equipment to outfit the program's sophisticated Computer Networks Laboratory.

"We're excited to launch the first Masters in Computer Networks program in the Toronto area. Computer networks and the Internet are redefining the way people, communities and businesses operate - and creating great demand for the type of specialized computer engineering skills our program provides," Dr. Stalin Boctor, Program Director and Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ryerson University. "The support of Cisco Systems Canada, both in terms of equipment and Internet expertise, has been invaluable in getting this state-of-the-art program up and running."

"Over the longer term, our customers and partners are telling us they will need more highly qualified networking professionals. By supporting leading edge programs such as the Ryerson Masters of Engineering in Computer Networks, Cisco Systems Canada is helping to address that requirement," said Bob Singleton, Vice President, Customer Advocacy, Cisco Systems.

Starting this fall, Ryerson University is implementing the Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering program with a specialization in Computer Networks as a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time masters program. Designed in consultation with IT industry leaders, the program will enable students to graduate with a common set of fundamental and practical internetworking abilities.

Students in the program learn the practical aspects of industry standard internetworking techniques in the Computer Networks Laboratory, established through a donation from Cisco Systems Canada. It houses state of the art internetworking technology including numerous switches, routers, Optical transport equipment and LAN/WAN traffic analyzers. Students will have access to a computer workstation and advanced networking equipment, which will allow them to design, simulate and carry out experiments to test and verify network configuration and performance.

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About Ryerson University

Ryerson is Canada's leading university for applied, career-oriented education, offering more than 40 programs in five faculties and through its School of Graduate Studies. Its Division of Continuing Education is the largest in Canada, with more than 40,000 registrations annually in 1,000 courses and 71 certificates. More information on the university is available at

About Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. News and information are available at

About Cisco Systems Canada

Cisco Systems Canada Co. has field offices across Canada dedicated to customer support, sales, and service. In addition, Cisco Systems has a significant research and development centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

For Additional Information:

  • Dr. Stalin Boctor
    Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
    Ryerson University
    416-979-5000, Ext. 7224

  • Willa Black
    Cisco Systems Canada Co.
    Pager: 1-800-68-CISCO

  • Gareth Pettigrew
    Strategic/Ampersand Inc.
    416-961-5595 ext. 428