UN and Fujitsu form new strategic partnership

Date 11.11.2015

The University of Northampton’s Business School is pleased to announce that it has formed a strategic partnership with Fujitsu, the world-renowned IT company.

The partnership will offer both undergraduate and postgraduate students from Northampton Business School the opportunity to work closely with Fujitsu, with mentoring, site visits and guest lectures planned for the future. The two organisations will also work collaboratively on both academic and commercial research.

Sandra Whittleston, Senior Lecturer in Information Technology Service Management, explained: “We are proud to announce this partnership, which will be of huge benefit to our students – especially those studying our flagship MSc in IT Service Management course. The course is the only one of its kind in the UK as it is wholly committed to embedding IT Service Management (ITSM) best practices into the programme specification. This brand new relationship will, it is hoped, provide students with direct connection to those working in ITSM within Fujitsu.”

To kick-start the collaboration, Joel O’Halloran, Global Senior Vice President of Fujitsu, will be sharing his business insights with students at a guest lecture to be held on Friday 6 November. The event will be open to all students from Northampton Business School.

Joel first joined Fujitsu in 2004, and in the past 11 years has worked in Australia, New Zealand, North America and now London. Joel will talk about his career within a multinational global environment, of interest to students from all disciplines, in particular ITSM, Business Information Systems and Computing.

Ash Merchant , Head of Education, Fujitsu UK&I, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Northampton on this flagship programme. As an organisation Fujitsu is focused on engaging with educational institutions on pioneering projects, like the Msc in IT Service Management that will shape the future outlook for students who wish to develop skills in ITSM.  The skills that will be delivered from this new and unique course at the University of Northampton are very much required by Fujitsu and many other service based employers.”

Dr Ian Brooks, Dean of Northampton Business School, added: “The University of Northampton is committed to improving students’ employability, and this is just one of many ways we enable students to gain valuable insight into the corporate world.  Our undergraduate programmes are linked with a variety of professional networks, and we look forward to working closer with Fujitsu in the future.”

To find out more about our Msc in IT Service Management, visit the course page.

Joel O’Halloran, Global Senior Vice President of Fujitsu, will be addressing students on Friday 6 November between 11am – midday, in Brampton B21, Park Campus. For more information, contact Sandra.Whittleston@northampton.ac.uk.