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City and IBM offer £30,000 Scholarship to aspiring CIOs

The IBM Enterprise Computing Scholarship will provide a fully-funded place on City's Master of Information Leadership.
by Luke Nava

City University London is teaming up with IBM to offer a £30,000 Scholarship for its Master of Information Leadership (MIL) - a unique, interdisciplinary, executive course for aspiring Chief Information Officers (CIOs).

Mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years' experience in a business-facing IT role are invited to apply for the IBM Enterprise Computing Scholarship by 16 January 2012. They must submit an application form and a 500-600 word essay answering the question "What are the challenges IT leaders face in the sector you work in and how would you address them?"

The essays will be judged by a panel of information leaders, with the winning entrant able to join the April 2012 MIL course intake.

Gary Kildare, Vice-President of Human Resources at IBM, says such partnerships between universities and industry partners are crucial to providing students with a better understanding of the industry and supporting future IT leaders.

David Chan, Director of the Centre for Information Leadership at City, adds: "I am very pleased that IBM has endorsed our commitment to educating future CIOs by sponsoring this new Scholarship."

The MIL was launched in September 2010 in recognition of the information leader's growing influence in business and policy-making. The two-year, part-time course equips professionals with the technological, commercial and managerial expertise that are necessary to progress to CIO-level or other top leadership positions, such as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Business Change Director, Knowledge Director or Chief Librarian.

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