IT services firm CGI is partnering with the University of Winchester on two new degree programs: a BA (Hons) Business Management for Information Technology and BSc (Hons) Information Systems Management, and the associated Foundation Degrees. The programmes launched last month has an intake of 30 students, with the aim of increasing to more than 40 per annum over the next few years.
For CGI, one of the globe’s largest IT-services firms, finding and recruiting the best talent in IT is a continuous objective. To realise this goal, the firm, among others, supports academic institutions with building and deploying their degree programs, and offers several apprenticeship placements and graduate positions to students*.
In line with the objective, CGI has recently decided to sponsor two new degree programmes at the University of Winchester. The collaboration is an extension of their existing partnership – they have been working together since 2006. As part of the renewed partnership, CGI together with a team of academics and staff from the University designed the two new degree programmes, and the consulting firm will provide continuous advisory support going forward.
Professor David Birks, Director of Winchester Business School at the University of Winchester added, “We have been collaborating with CGI for 8 years and are delighted with the continued and growing academic prowess achieved by our CGI students. What makes these students particularly special is the continued impact they have on the success of CGI. The new degrees reflect a comprehensive analysis of the future direction of the industry, performed by CGI and Business School academics with input from students. The programmes have been designed to allow student to continually apply their learning in the workplace. They attend university 1 day a week and spend the other 4 days working on live projects which bring their learning to life. Working with industry in this way is essential in giving our students the very best start.”
“UK-based companies need to move into higher-level aspects of IT,” says Tim Gregory, President at CGI in the UK. “We need employees of a high calibre who are able to help drive UK PLC to be a global technology leader. The combination of work-based learning and teaching during the programmes are designed to ensure graduates of the University will be fully equipped to rise to this challenge.”
* Currently CGI offers 40 Higher IT Apprenticeship placements each year and an Industrial Placement Programme for up to 30 students who complete a year in industry as part of their degree. In addition, CGI’s Graduate Programme offers 100 graduates the chance to receive training and work in IT.