City University London to offer modular courses for IT leaders
From February 2012, senior IT professionals who already hold an accredited MBA will be able to develop further expertise through new modular courses at City University London.• by Luke Nava
These will cover hot topics such as information law and transformation and change, enabling participants to meet the evolving challenges of their role or develop an understanding of areas that may not have been covered by their MBA.
The modules have been taken from City's Master of Information Leadership (MIL) - a unique, interdisciplinary, executive course that was launched in 2010. It aims to equip experienced IT professionals with the commercial, managerial and intellectual capabilities to progress to Chief Information Officer (CIO) level.
Now, modules from the course will be offered to suitable applicants on a one-off basis, with those who complete four modules within two years achieving a Postgraduate Certificate.
David Chan, Director of City's Centre for Information Leadership, explains: "Many IT leaders have already completed an MBA, so taking the full, two year MIL would be excessive for them. However, they may want to deepen their understanding of an emerging or specialist area, in which case this modular option will be ideal."
Each module will comprise four days of teaching, taking place over two weekends. Participants will join MIL students for the modules, giving them the opportunity to network and share experiences with their industry peers. They will be assessed by written assignments that demonstrate their ability to integrate academic and professional literature, as well as their own personal experiences.
Two modules are currently available for application, with dates for subsequent modules to be confirmed:
- Information Law and Compliance: 4-5 February and 3-4 March 2012
- Strategy and Governance: 31 March - 1 April and 5-6 May 2012
City has also teamed up with IBM to offer a Scholarship for the full MIL worth £30,000. Mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years' experience in a business-facing IT role are invited to apply by 31 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?"