-- Employees will earn application developer and application designer certifications from Accenture and MIT PEP --
“Educational innovation and leadership in a global industrial context continues to challenge us to find new and broader ways of achieving excellence and impact,” said Dick K. P. Yue, associate dean of Engineering at MIT and faculty director of MIT PEP. “Our program with Accenture provides one model for industry-campus engagement focused on professional education.”
“MIT’s input into the program has been invaluable giving insight into structure, content and approach which adds up to a unique training experience for our people,” said Paul Richardson, an Accenture senior executive and sponsor of the program.
Accenture’s two-year collaboration with MIT PEP includes ongoing review of the academy’s educational content, student assessments, and overall program design by several MIT School of Engineering faculty who are experts in related subject areas, including: Java, C++, SAP, host-centric and Microsoft technologies and the software-development lifecycle. Faculty feedback is incorporated into course material and examinations.
Approximately 20,000 Accenture employees are eligible to enroll in the program, making it the largest such initiative ever undertaken by MIT PEP. The first participants are expected to receive their certifications in August of 2007.
“Helping Accenture to launch its
“Collaborating with Accenture allows our engineering faculty to see firsthand how concepts taught in the classroom are applied in a global corporation on large-scale software development efforts,” explained Dr. John Williams, a professor at MIT’s
To successfully progress through the
Employees who successfully complete the program will be awarded “application developer” or “application designer” certifications by Accenture and MIT PEP, recognizing software engineering, system-integration and application-delivery skills.
"One of MIT’s abiding strengths is our interest in taking the ideas we develop in our classrooms and using them in actual practice. Through our collaboration with Accenture, we have the opportunity to do precisely that: we have a chance to affect how thousands of people at Accenture do their work," explained Dr. Steve Lerman, a professor at MIT’s
Accenture invested $700 million in training during the company’s last fiscal year, ending Aug. 31, 2006, and the
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With more than 152,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$16.65 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2006. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About MIT’s Professional Education Programs Office
MIT’s Professional Education Programs office (MIT PEP), organized under the
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