Educational Program
Over the past years, the requirements on senior corporate information managers, including the CIO, have changed dramatically. A purely technical skillset is no longer sufficient. The CIO has to act as a business executive in order to earn a seat at the top table, and so do his/her managers. The CIO community across Europe, organised in the European CIO Association, recognises this challenge and has joined up with leading European business schools to establish a corresponding Executive Education Program. The reason to start an own program is because the European CIO Association, as “demand-side” for executive education has own wishes that couldn’t be fulfilled in existing standard executive education on Business Schools. The program developed is fully compliant with latest European programs on e-skills, e-leadership and with the e Competence Framework. By applying European standards in e-skills and competences, it is believed the international and mobilization of IT people will greatly be pushed, while educational institutes all over Europe can also easier work on cooperation and exchange of students. by Peter Hagedoorn, Director Executive Education, European CIO Association


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1. The challenge ahead: senior ICT managers must become business managers

It has been discussed for a long time in the CIO community: purely technical expertise is not sufficient to gain the CIO a seat at the Executive Board level. Technical expertise must be put into a business context to create traction and drive true business change. The CIO must act as a business executive with a technical background very much like his board colleagues in their respective areas. But how to become a “dual thinker” at the business – IT interface if you have grown up the ranks in the IT organisation? Senior ICT management talent able to interact effectively with the business organisation is a rare skill-set. An example is that of the enterprise architect, the single most difficult-to-recruit skill-set in corporate information management.

2. The response from the European CIO Association: the Executive Education Programme

The European CIO Association (“EuroCIO”) has taken the initiative and teamed up with academia to create an innovative Executive Education Programme(see revise this link/Peter), tailored specifically towards the needs of the CIO community and continuously innovated towards the demands of the CIOs.

A network of leading European business schools such as Henley Business School (UK), Nyenrode Business School (NL), TIAS Business School (NL), the Technical University of München(DE) and St. Gallen Business School (CH) has been established to create a unique European eco-system of executive education in Corporate Information Management. Participants in the programme’s modular coursesthus benefit from a truly European learning experience.

The EuroCIO Educational Programme consists of two discrete layers:

- Layer 1: The EuroCIO Executive MBA programme on Corporate Information Management (“Business & IT”) aims at the high-potentials, future CIOs, top-consultants, etc. striving to obtain in their career the highest responsibilities in managing ICT departments, digital transformation or innovative business projects, in general leading to a C-level position in larger organisations. The European CIO Association established two Executive MBA programs, almost equal, at Nyenrode (NL) and TU Münich/StGallen (GE), both with full MBA accreditation.

- Layer 2: Multiple EuroCIO Professional Programmes in Corporate Information Management disciplines aim at the highest IT professionals, in general reporting to the CIO. At the moent two courses are running: about strategic business & enterprise architecture and about IT security management. Expansion to other European countries is worked on. New programs might be developed, depending market or members wishes.

The European CIO Association, as demand organization, has seats in all Program Boards of all programs. Each program is regularly monitored, evaluated by the participants and is revised according needs from the CIO community.