HP in collaboration with the University of the West of England (UWE) has developed a degree programme to improve computing graduates' job prospects.
The UWE HP enterprise computing degree, launching in 2011, will offer a four-year study programme involving internships with HP and HP partners for 30 students per year to increase graduates' level of work experience and employability.
"The overall aim of the collaboration between HP and UWE is to produce industry-ready graduates who have the skills to make the leap from academia to business," said Nick Wilson, HP managing director for UK and Ireland.
The Higher Education Statistics Agency recently reported computer science students suffered the highest graduate unemployment rate, with 17% unable to find a job within six months of graduating.
Research by UWE found computing degrees with links to industry have the strongest graduate employment rates. Graduates who had work experience were 16% more likely to get a job and three times less likely to be unemployed, said the university.
HP is also supporting UWE to build an education innovation centre for virtual and second life learning tools on its campus, offering medical and law students the chance to practice real-life scenarios.