City University of London is to create a new centre dedicated to educating future chief information officers and give them with the skills and knowledge they need.
The Centre for Information Leadership (CIL) will begin offering a master's degree course from 2010. It will also provide short courses, Doctorates research and consultancy.
"There is currently no centre in the UK that aims to bring an interdisciplinary approach to the development of CIOs, supported by truly independent, evidence-based strategy and policy work," says Dr Andrew Tuson, head of computing at City University London who has created the centre.
IT leaders face issues that involve cost management, workforce, environmental, corporate responsibility and ethics, business processes, strategy, innovation, competitive advantage, outsourcing and offshoring, according to the university. "The CIO must play a central role in shaping business strategy and government policy," the university stated
The centre, will sit in the university's school of Informatics, but will draw upon expertise from the university's Cass Business School and its City Law School, as well as in the disciplines of social sciences and arts. Key stakeholders from industry and government will also be invited to offer expertise.
The course will focus on issues such as cost management, business process, strategy, innovation and outsourcing.
It is currently seeking a high-profile director and is looking to appoint an external advisory board, drawn from senior industry figures.