The Informatics Research Centre (IRC) within Henley Business School (HBS) at the University of Reading has partnered
with Capgemini UK plc to introduce a unique M.Sc. programme entitled Business Technology Consulting.
The course, set to start in October 2010, is designed to provide graduates with
a practical knowledge and deeper understanding of business and its use of technology,
rather than the more traditional M.Sc. programmes, which tend to concentrate mainly
on the technologies themselves. 

Alongside IRC’s teaching portfolio, the full-time 12 month course will be based
on a system currently employed by Capgemini to develop skilled business technology
consultants. The graduates, limited to just 20 individuals, will be given access
to the latest knowledge in business technologies, consulting frameworks, case
study examples as well as real life project based assignments managed and coordinated
by a network of mentors. The course will also include a week long module at the
Capgemini University in Paris.

As well as postgraduates, the broad and in-depth nature of the M.Sc. programme
also caters for commercially experienced professionals keen to develop a business
context to the use and potential benefits of technologies.

Dr. Sam Chong, CTO at Capgemini UK, said: “Capgemini sees the development of the next generation of industry specialists
as a real priority. Partnering with an institution as well regarded as the Henley
Business School is an opportunity for us to give something back, and is a very
significant step in our ongoing investment in people and our partnership with
academia in that pursuit.

James William Barr, press and PR officer at Henley Business School, commented:Capgemini is one of the industry’s leading organisations and we’re delighted
to be able to offer such an innovative programme.  Graduates leave education with
a strong understanding of the technology from an academic perspective, but traditionally
their understanding of the intricacies of business is often non-existent. The
Business Technology Consulting M.Sc. offers our students an excellent foundation
to start their careers in technology consulting. HBS was the first business school
established in the UK, so this new and forward thinking course is very much in
keeping with the university’s key values
.”

The course follows on from Capgemini’s ongoing relationship with Warwick Business
School (WBS), where it has helped provide a similar programme of learning. The
course offers a full cycle of learning, with a mixture of lectures, discussion,
workshops and presentations with WBS staff and Capgemini’s Outsourcing board members.

About Capgemini

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and
outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies.
Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their
freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative
Business ExperienceTM. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®,
which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations,
working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present
in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4
billion and employs 90,000 people worldwide.

More information is available at www.uk.capgemini.com

Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini

About Henley Business School

Founded in 1945, by business for business, Henley was the first business school
in the UK and is one of the oldest and most respected schools in Europe.

Our impressive full-service portfolio extends from undergraduate and postgraduate
degree programmes postgraduate degree programmes to a world-renowned executive
education offering, from cutting-edge research spanning a uniquely broad range
of fields to specialist consultancy services.

One of the very few business schools worldwide to hold triple-accredited status
from the major UK, European and US awarding bodies (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB), we are
also the world’s third largest provider of MBA education and home to the world-ranked
Henley MBA.

The School represents the largest unit within the University of Reading, rated
among the UK’s most research-intensive institutions and ranked among the world’s
top 200 universities (The Times, 2008).

More information is available at www.henley.reading.ac.uk/

Press contacts:

Tom Barton

Capgemini UK plc

Tel: +44 (0)870 238 2491

Email: tom.barton@capgemini.co.uk 

James William Barr

Press and PR Officer

Henley Business School

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 7115

Email: j.w.barr@reading.ac.uk