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HP and De Montfort University team up to create new IT degree programme

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HP and De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicestershire have signed an agreement to develop joint degree programmes and research projects.

In a deal launched at the House of Commons, the partnership is aimed at connecting academia with businesses to develop educational programmes as well as starting research in information security and cloud, networking and sustainability technology.

The two organisations will launch a four-year BSc in business informatics. Degree modules will include IT service management, project management, networking, servers and storage, cloud computing and virtualisation, alongside business administration and management skills. Students will undertake internships at HP during the course.

HP’s UK MD, Nick Wilson and De Montfort’s VC, Dominic Shellard signing the agreement HP’s UK MD, Nick Wilson and De Montfort’s VC, Dominic Shellard signing the agreement

Dominic Shellard, vice-chancellor at DMU, said the alliance is a "distinctive new venture which sets the standard for higher education and industry working together".

Nick Wilson, vice-president and managing director at HP UK and Ireland, added that the company is working to address the "chronic shortage" of technology skills in the UK.

David Willetts, government minister for universities and science, endorsed the business-university partnership. "This initiative is a fantastic example of how collaboration between universities and businesses can drive growth and innovation," he said. "It will ensure students have both the high-tech skills and the business acumen needed to keep the UK at the forefront of technology."

The BSc in business informatics is expected to begin at DMU in September 2012.

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