Ten ways in which HP and DMU will be transforming lives
1. Sector leading joint degrees
The first collaborative degree programme, Business Information Systems BSc (Hons) will have an emphasis on developing students technical skills in areas such as IT service management, project management, networking, servers and storage, cloud computing and virtualisation. These will be developed alongside the vital business administration and management skills which IT graduates need to be effective in a work environment.
2. Student placement opportunities at the world's largest technology company
In addition to lectures from HP executives and engineers, students on the degree programme will undertake internships with HP and or with HP business partners during the third year of their course, where possible. They will leave the university with a valuable Business Informatics degree and as certified IT professionals.
3. Expert one-to-one mentoring and advice for students
HP will set up a mentoring programme to enable its executives to provide one-on-one support and advice for students across the university during their degree and into the early years of their careers.
4. HP Innovation Awards inspiring DMU students to differentiate themselves
HP also aims to launch a series of awards for students, rewarding creativity and innovation. The university is also working with HP on a potential scholarship scheme that would help talented students who are in need of financial support.
5. Community projects
In addition to the educational programmes, HP has and will continue to play a key role in supporting the DMU’s recently launched Square Mile Project (Mile2), a unique initiative focused on using the skills and knowledge of the university to make a positive impact on the local Leicester community. This will include HP encouraging its employees in the area to provide their time and skills to support the project.
HP has already supported the travel for a number of students from Tohoku University, which is located in the area most severely affected by the recent Japanese earthquake, spend time studying at DMU this summer. The students’ visit to the UK, organised by DMU, provided them with a short holiday and a break from their pressures at home, as well as helping to raise awareness for the regeneration challenges which are currently facing Japan.
6. HP Academy and Education Innovation Centre (EIC)
HP is also helping to support other initiatives such as developing state-of-the art education innovation centres of excellence at DMU and making a range of its PC and printing products available to students and staff at discounted rates.
7. Sports sponsorship
DMU has a large number of student sports teams who benefit from the facilities on campus and the local area. HP will be working to support these teams with the provision of branded kit from 2011 to 2014.
8. Collaborative ventures
HP has also been appointed as the university's strategic ICT partner to help develop a program of technology transformation to enhance both the student experience and teaching excellence at DMU.
The agreement with DMU is part of a worldwide strategy of HP to support development of science and technology education. Other examples of this include a strategic agreement with the University of the West of England, research grants made to over 50 universities around the world through HP’s annual Innovation Research Program and provision of technology education via the HP Life and Catalyst initiatives.
9. Work experience for DMU staff and students
HP will be working with DMU to initiate a variety of opportunities to support knowledge exchange and relationship building.
10. Exciting projects with schools and the local community
As part of its work with schools, HP has exciting plans for an inter-school competition revolving around the design of an ‘app’. Schools would put forward teams of four pupils who would then compete for a place in a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style grand final, which would take place at the university.