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IT Academy Programme


Birmingham City University is established as one of Microsoft’s top UK-based academies and became the first UK-university to achieve Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Programme. It’s partnership with Microsoft now spans over 10 years duration.

In strengthening its relationship further, the University’s School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks (part of the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment) was also awarded membership of Microsoft’s Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) and Microsoft Dynamics Alliance (MSDA).  
Access to the MSDNAA enables both staff and students to develop their expertise and knowledge.

The Client

Microsoft IT Academy Microsoft IT Academy is a comprehensive program that helps support on-going technology education for a wide range of students, teachers, and faculty. The programme features access to software licenses, E-Learning, official Microsoft course materials, and certifications.

E-Learning and course materials range from computer basics to high-level programming, along with information and communications technology (ICT) management.

Certifications cover the spectrum of professions within the IT industry, carefully developed with experts from the workforce to ensure validity and reliability.

Students enrolling onto a Microsoft IT Academy can attain technological knowledge, skills and Microsoft certification, to help them prepare for the 21 century.

Rehan Bhana, Birmingham City University’s Microsoft IT Academy Manager


Birmingham City University’s established association with Microsoft, enabled a close partnership with its global learning-materials partner, John Wiley and Sons, to be developed.

This successful partnership gained worldwide recognition when it was ranked in the top five of the Institute of IT Training’s 2009 Award finalists, alongside the leaders in staff IT-training including IBM, HSBC and Ricoh. This important partnership with Wiley and Microsoft enables us to tailor our learning programmes to meet customer training needs.