Syracuse University School of Information Studies Senior Associate Dean Robert Heckman received a $19,936 grant from the National Science Foundation to host a workshop that brings together industry and academic leaders. This group will explore the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in large technology-driven global organizations; and to explore transformational models of industry-academic partnership that provide practice-based learning.

The one-day workshop will delve into the educational requirements required by global industries and seek to better understand the links between classroom learning applications and the workplace. Additionally, the workshop will broaden the reach and impact of Syracuse University’s multidisciplinary Global Enterprise Technology (GET) and Immersion Experience (IE) curricula.

The GET and IE curricula are a joint project of the Whitman School of Management, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University.

The GET Curriculum emerged from a collaboration that initially began with JPMorgan Chase and Syracuse University in 2007 to provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience, transforming the way business technologists are trained in the classroom and on the job and helping to prepare Syracuse students to become CIOs of the future. In 2009, The Hub was launched to include other universities and industries that collaborate in four key areas: curriculum enhancement, immersion experiences, applied research, and community engagement.

Participation in the workshop will be by invitation only, and will include a diverse array of liberal arts, technical, and research institutions as well as representatives from global, technology-intensive enterprises. The workshop will take place in May 2011 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center in Syracuse.

Findings from the workshop will be shared with academic, research, and industry communities through a variety of venues, and participants will also have access to a partnership repository of GET-related curricular materials.

For more information on the GET curriculum, visit or e-mail Kathy Allen at

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