Aspiring CIOs get 'learn to be an IT chief' course

City Uni launches Masters for tomorrow's info leaders

A Masters course to prepare tomorrow's CIOs for the technological, commercial and managerial challenges ahead of them will launch this September at the Centre for Information Leadership, part of City University in London.

According to the director of the centre, David Chan, the Masters course is "looking for people who want to be information leaders", in roles spanning CIO to director of business transformation, director of programmes to chief librarian.

The Masters in Information Leadership (MIL) course has been designed for professionals - including tech workers in the financial, retail or public sectors - with at least three to five years' experience in business-facing IT management or consultancy roles.

The MIL course will be taught on one weekend per month over two years, with candidates remaining in full-time employment throughout.

Academics from City's School of Informatics, its Cass Business School and City Law School will teach the course, along with CIOs and other "information practitioners" such as consultants, Chan told

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Aspiring CIOs will soon get their own Masters course
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Chan - himself a former CIO - said the MIL will seek to equip candidates "to speak authoritatively on information and transformation with their C-suite colleagues" by giving them the intellectual framework and critical rigour to make decisions that drive business transformation.

"What we'll be doing is saying how do you make decisions? What's the technology to use? How do you go about evaluating external advisors like consultants who claim to be specialists in those fields? How do you manage programmes and transformational projects? How do you deliver informational services across the organisation?" said Chan.

Modules covered on the course will include...