HP and Coventry University College announce new partnership for innovative professional programmes

Coventry University College Limited amongst first to use HP Institute programme as basis for new courses

London, August 20th, 2012 – Coventry University College today announced the launch of a new partnership with the HP Institute. The HP Institute is an academic partnership programme created to provide students with the business-ready IT skills that are in deficit within the industry.

The College aims to extend its capacity in developing IT technical professionals, leveraging the College’s content delivery and HP’s deep technology expertise and broad customer knowledge.

Coventry University College, a wholly owned subsidiary of Coventry University, provides courses that have been designed to integrate study around peoples’ lifestyles and commitments. The College opens its doors to students in September 2012 and aims to deliver courses to 1,500 students in the first year, rising to 3,500 students by 2015. The College offers a wide range of academic and professional courses across a broad spectrum of subject areas including accounting, banking and legal studies, sales and marketing engineering and IT.

The levels of qualification available through the HP Institute provide progression opportunities for driven students seeking a career in IT or other disciplines. The HP Institute provides an industry leading transferable curriculum for the new HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) certifications which validate performance in four key areas: Connected Devices (PC, Printing); Networks; Servers and Storage; and Cloud.

“We are delighted to be among UK universities to deliver the HP Institute,” explained John Dishman, CEO and Director, Coventry University College. “Coventry University College is committed to providing high quality education which is relevant, innovative and at the forefront of technological developments. Our new status as an HP Institute encapsulates these commitments perfectly. Our association with Hewlett Packard, with its status as a global leader in information technology, means that we will be able to attract more students, improve their employability and help them to become the IT professionals of the future.”

Nick Wilson, vice president and managing director, HP UK and Ireland, stated “Forward thinking institutions like Coventry University College need to ensure graduates leave with the professional skills that employers need right now. They are leading the response to the drive to diversify the higher education sector by making education accessible to everyone. Coventry University College is forging a reputation with a new concept which has strong synergies with both our brands – innovation, high quality, flexibility, relevance and excellence in customer service.”

Coventry University College will be hosting a launch event for the HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) training programme at the University campus in the near future. Coventry University welcomes all businesses to attend and find out more about how HP ATA could help their business.

Further details
For further information please call 024 7765 8787, or email cuc@coventry.ac.uk.

About HP Institute
The HP Institute provides an industry leading transferable curriculum for the new HP ATA qualifications across five key areas: Connected Devices (PC, Printing); Networks; Servers and Storage; and Cloud Computing. As well as providing skills across the whole technology stack, the cloud module will provide cross-technology integration information and a foundation in business acumen for IT leaders.

About the HP ATA programme
The first learning solution available to HP Institute education partners is the HP Accredited Technical Associate (HP ATA) programme. HP ATA certification delivers the industry's first architect-level certification designed from the ground up for delivery in an academic format. It develops and validates real-world skills and prepares students for employment in small and medium business environments. The HP ATA is focused on the optimisation and implementation of end-to-end, multivendor, cross-platform IT solutions. Students will demonstrate an understanding and engagement with the business and how to leverage technology to achieve strategic business outcomes through connected innovation that far exceeds traditional ‘break-fix’ learning.

About Coventry University College
Coventry University College is a new concept in higher education that is designed to integrate study into the life that people lead. We understand that people have many aspects to their life, but gaining higher-level skills and qualifications is really important. That’s why we have designed a new way of studying.

All of our courses have been designed around the standards for professional body accreditation, which means that students will be prepared and have the opportunity to secure an additional award from a professional body alongside their normal studies. This will help to make them more attractive to employers when applying for jobs.

On top of these academic courses that are available we also run stand alone professional qualifications. An increasing number of industry sectors are seeking applications from people with professional qualifications, both as an alternative to formal academic qualifications, or in addition to them. Professional qualifications are recognised as not only providing an individual with industry-specific skills, but also as a demonstration of their commitment to continuous learning and development.

About HP Inc.

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

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