Training and development for key players in Britain’s digital future
City University London has unveiled new centre dedicated to developing the next generation of Chief Information Officers (CIOs). They say the Centre is recognition of the growing influence of the role in business and policy making.
The recent Digital Britain Report, released by Lord Carter, which aimed to outline the future of Britain’s digital infrastructure, placed the CIO at the centre delivery, but, according to those behind the CIO centre, failed to mention how they will be developed to fulfil this crucial role.
The Centre will provide short courses, CPD (Continuing Professional Development), Doctorates research and consultancy and in 2010 will offer a masters degree in Information Leadership.
“There is currently no centre in the UK that aims to bring an interdisciplinary approach to the development of CIOs, supported by truly independent, evidence-based strategy and policy work,” says Dr Andrew Tuson, head of computing at City University London, who has created the Centre.
The Centre aims to offer a clear and concise approach to training and development of CIOs, who are currently facing a wide variety of issues, including business processes, outsourcing and offshoring, and IT governance and legal compliance. This gives CIOs an excellent opportunity to drive business strategy and company policy.
The Centre will be part of the University’s School of Informatics and will draw knowledge from the University’s Cass Business School and its City Law School. The search for a course director is underway.