DOST-ASTI, NSRC conduct technical workshop in Manila
By: Katherine Babaran, October 27, 2014


Manila, Philippines (October 20) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), conducted Campus Network Design and Security Workshop from 20 to 24 October 2014 at the DOST-ASTI Bldg., U.P. Technology Park Complex, C.P. Garcia Ave., U.P. Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

Said five-day technical workshop was targeted for representatives of Philippine state universities and colleges (SUCs), especially network engineers and system administrators, as it aimed to build capacity of SUCs in the areas of core network and Linux/Unix system administration, campus network design at layers 2 (switching) and 3 (routing), and network security including proper instrumentation in monitoring and managing networks.

Prior to the workshop the DOST-ASTI and the NSRC administered a pre-assessment survey among the representatives nominated by each SUC in the country, and selected 30 successful workshop participants, who will be entitled to reimburse actual transportation expenses and receive daily stipend.

Messrs. Jon Brewer, Andy Linton, Dale Smith and Philip Smith, representatives from NSRC, were the workshop instructors. Other sponsoring organizations, which made the workshop possible, were the O’Reilly Media, United States National Science Foundation, University of Oregon, Google Philippines, Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), University of the Philippines Diliman and University of the Philippines Los Baños.

The NSRC is a nonprofit organization based at the University of Oregon, which provide technical assistance to organizations involved in setting up computer networks, to forge international partnerships thru collaborative activities in research and education. It works directly with indigenous network engineers and operators, who develop or maintain Internet infrastructure in their respective countries, by donating networking books, equipment and other resources, engineering assistance, technical information and training.

The DOST-ASTI is a research and development agency focused on ICT, which has established foreign and local linkages through the PREGINET, the only research and education network in the country. One of the DOST-ASTI’s international partners is the NSRC, which consistently supports their partner-organizations in collaborative programs such as technical workshops, trainings, e-Learning activities, among others.