The Informatics Research Centre (IRC) within Henley Business School (HBS) at the University of Reading has partnered with Capgemini UK plc to introduce a unique M.Sc. programme entitled Business Technology Consulting. The course, set to start in October 2010, is designed to provide graduates with a practical knowledge and deeper understanding of business and its use of technology, rather than the more traditional M.Sc. programmes, which tend to concentrate mainly on the technologies themselves.
Alongside IRC’s teaching portfolio, the full-time 12 month course will be based on a system currently employed by Capgemini to develop skilled business technology consultants. The graduates, limited to just 20 individuals, will be given access to the latest knowledge in business technologies, consulting frameworks, case study examples as well as real life project based assignments managed and coordinated by a network of mentors. The course will also include a week long module at the Capgemini University in Paris.
As well as postgraduates, the broad and in-depth nature of the M.Sc. programme also caters for commercially experienced professionals keen to develop a business context to the use and potential benefits of technologies.
Dr. Sam Chong, CTO at Capgemini UK, said: “Capgemini sees the development of the next generation of industry specialists as a real priority. Partnering with an institution as well regarded as the Henley Business School is an opportunity for us to give something back, and is a very significant step in our ongoing investment in people and our partnership with academia in that pursuit.”
James William Barr, press and PR officer at Henley Business School, commented: “Capgemini is one of the industry’s leading organisations and we’re delighted to be able to offer such an innovative programme. Graduates leave education with a strong understanding of the technology from an academic perspective, but traditionally their understanding of the intricacies of business is often non-existent. The Business Technology Consulting M.Sc. offers our students an excellent foundation to start their careers in technology consulting. HBS was the first business school established in the UK, so this new and forward thinking course is very much in keeping with the university’s key values.”
The course follows on from Capgemini’s ongoing relationship with Warwick Business School (WBS), where it has helped provide a similar programme of learning. The course offers a full cycle of learning, with a mixture of lectures, discussion, workshops and presentations with WBS staff and Capgemini’s Outsourcing board members.
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion and employs 90,000 people worldwide.
More information is available at www.uk.capgemini.com.
Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini
About Henley Business School
Founded in 1945, by business for business, Henley was the first business school in the UK and is one of the oldest and most respected schools in Europe.
Our impressive full-service portfolio extends from undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes postgraduate degree programmes to a world-renowned executive education offering, from cutting-edge research spanning a uniquely broad range of fields to specialist consultancy services.
One of the very few business schools worldwide to hold triple-accredited status from the major UK, European and US awarding bodies (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB), we are also the world’s third largest provider of MBA education and home to the world-ranked Henley MBA.
The School represents the largest unit within the University of Reading, rated among the UK’s most research-intensive institutions and ranked among the world’s top 200 universities (The Times, 2008).
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Capgemini UK plc
Tel: +44 (0)870 238 2491
James William Barr
Press and PR Officer
Henley Business School
Tel: +44 (0)118 378 7115