DMU’s reputation for shaping IT talent has helped persuade computing giant IBM to open a major £3m centre near campus.
Bosses at the US-based firm will draw on the ‘fantastic pool’ of skills shaped by DMU and other HE institutions to fill the 300 posts it is creating at its New Walk base, 10 minutes’ walk from DMU.
Some 100 DMU graduates are currently working for IBM in roles as software developers, engineers, consultants, application specialists, architects and ‘cloud’ experts, and in other fields.
DMU has an enviable reputation for technology partnerships. We joined with the world’s largest technology company, HP, to launch a BSc Business Informatics degree and are partnered with Deloitte to run a unique MSc in Cyber Security, training the next generation of professionals keeping Britain safe from cyber-attack.
Professor Andy Collop, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University, said: “Graduate employability is a key focus at DMU and it is fantastic a business such as IBM is establishing a base in Leicester
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“We have a long tradition of teaching computer science at DMU and IBM’s presence in the city will greatly enhance the prospects of our students and is a great endorsement of the quality of degrees we offer.
“It’s just one of the many initiatives we have with hi tech companies to improve the employability among our graduates.”
IBM has launched a bespoke Leicester Experience, aimed at attracting graduates. City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said the move ‘reinforced’ Leicester’s growing reputation as ‘a great place to study and work and to build an exciting future’. It was also welcomed by Leicester Shire Business Council.
Posted on Monday 2nd February 2015