New opportunity for international learning centres

This week’s training news in brief

• Corporate universities can be developed to provide services for other
employers as part of the growth in outsourcing, a new study has proposed.
"The scale of global demand for learning services and support is such that
there is an unprecedented opportunity for visionary entrepreneurs to create new
international learning centres," said Professor Colin Coulson-Thomas, of
the University of Luton, author of the report. His study found that learning
centres have achieved economies of scale and improved training. Coulson-Thomas
added that with continuing interest in outsourcing and other forms of
collaboration, the distinction between traditional universities, consulting
firms and commercial trainers is likely to become more blurred. Contact 01234
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Link-up puts management courses online

• New management courses have emerged online through a link between FT
Knowledge and the University of Michigan Business School. The programmes, accessible
on the Internet, are based on the University of Michigan’s executive education
programme. It will include general management, selling and finance and
marketing for non-specialists and middle managers. Michigan was the first top
business school in the US to offer a technology-based management education
programme in 1991.

Business skills for computer professionals

• There will be a new management training option for IT specialists. The
British Computer Society has cooperated with the Chartered Institute of
Management Accountants to produce a professional development portfolio aimed at
IT professionals who need business management skills. Demand is growing for a
combination of business and IT skills as IT nears the centre of business

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