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NYU School of Engineering Announces New CIO Program

A new nine-month program involving online education tools from Emeritus will train senior technology leaders to navigate changing workforce trends, such as the rise of telework and increased threat of cyber crimes.

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The New York University Tandon School of Engineering has teamed up with the online education platform Emeritus to train new chief information officers, an announcement last week said.

According to a news release, NYU's inaugural CIO program will feature 19 weeks of core modules focusing on IT and business leadership, followed by 16 weeks of online electives in related subjects.

“Modern CIOs are challenged with dividing their time and expertise between a wide range of responsibilities in the enterprise, and therefore require multidisciplinary training," Lisa Rohrer, senior adviser for university partnerships at Emeritus, said in a public statement. “We’re honored to partner with NYU to provide this immersive learning journey for new and experienced executives.”

The news release said courses will be led by faculty with extensive industry experience — including Sanjay Macwan, CIO and CISO for the cloud communications company Vonage; and Minerva Tantoco, chief AI officer at the NYU McSilver Institute and former chief technology officer for the city of New York — to prepare students for work in executive tech leadership, or “C-suite” roles.

Len Peters, CIO and program faculty director at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, noted in a public statement that the CIO's duties — which range from managing operational efficiency and customer experience to overseeing cybersecurity and technical initiatives — are only becoming more critical amid shifts to remote work and a rise in cyber attacks against public- and private-sector industries.

“The pandemic cemented the CIO as a mission-critical C-suite member, and they’re under pressure to deliver strategic recommendations to their organizations, especially amidst the rise of hybrid and remote work," Peters said in a statement. “This program will provide these executives with the skills and knowledge needed to give their organizations a competitive edge in today’s evolving business climate."

The news release said NYU's program will join other similar initiatives geared toward continued training for tech leaders in the public and private sectors as workplaces and schools become increasingly digitized to accommodate remote workers and students.

Courses will begin in September and are open to applicants here with at least 10 years' work experience, the announcement said.

"This partnership with Emeritus is another example of NYU Tandon’s commitment to lifelong learning, a commitment that starts before college with our K-12 STEM initiatives, and continues post-graduation through a range of flexible, evolving opportunities for every stage of professional life,” said Jelena Kovačević, dean of the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. “The inaugural CIO program identifies opportunities to learn skills and insights that companies need in order to face tomorrow's challenges.”