City University in London is launching a new masters degree in information leadership for future CIOs.
David Chan, director of the Centre for Information Leadership at the university, says there are a large number of CIOs about to retire but not enough qualified people to replace them.
"The CIO is going to become a more critical part of any enterprise and the idea is to prepare people for that. If you look at the skills shortages in the next five to ten years, all of them are at the top end, and the most critical shortage is leadership," he said.
The course will be studied on a part-time basis, with lectures on one weekend out of four. It will cost entrants £30,000 and take two years and four months to complete.
Applicants need three to five years' experience in a "business-facing role," but they do not necessarily need to be working in IT. It will involve some group work on practical projects, through which Chan said he hopes to build up a "cohort of people who know each other" as well as teaching information management.
He says leadership in information roles is going to become more crucial in the coming years, with the pace of change in business increasing.
"In the future, information is going to be critical. Changes used to be stable for three to five years - that is out of the window. Most organisations cannot really predict what is going to happen in 18 months. The ability to be agile is going to be absolutely key."
- More information can be found on the course website.