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Tech Companies Give Input on New IT degrees

With the U.K.'s IT and telecom industry in need of recruits, and underprepared IT graduates struggling to find jobs, companies including IBM have pitched in to help create new degree programs that they say will give IT graduates the skills they'll need in the workplace, reports Computerworld-UK.

The two new distance-learning degrees in IT and computing at the U.K.'s Open University were developed in partnership with a technology-sector skills association. Representatives of IBM, Logica and Capgemini sat on the committee that oversaw the development of the programs.

"Mapping these degrees to … framework that underpins IT staff recruitment and development in the UK, gives employers like IBM the confidence that sending staff on these degrees will deliver discernable and immediate returns on their investment," IBM business area manager Paul Jagger noted.

The Open University, which opened its virtual doors in 1971, touts itself as the world's first successful distance learning university.


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