Mason’s Masters in Technology Management Presents at United Nations Conference

The George Mason University Masters in Technology Management will be a featured program during an invited session of the United Nations eGovernance conference on Wednesday, October 29 in Guimarães, Portugal.

The session entitled “Building Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) Curricula” will address the challenges of preparing technology students for leadership roles in government organizations.

J.P. Auffret

J.P. Auffret

“Because of its location near the seat of our federal government and as one of the original partners in the U.S. government’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) University, George Mason University’s School of Business has been very involved in outlining and fostering the leadership capabilities that are needed for IT executive leadership,” said Jean-Pierre Auffret, director of George Mason’s Masters in Technology Management program and speaker/co-chair at the UN session.

“The motivation for the session is that while information and communications technology (ICT) is of increasing importance to empowering citizens and building accountable institutions, there continues to be an ICT leadership gap,” Auffret explains. “CIO education and training is a key aspect of filling the leadership gap and a key component in building relevant, current and impactful curricula.”

During the session, Auffret will address:

  • The changing role for the GCIO
  • Core competency and executive leadership models for GCIOs
  • Strategies for building GCIO curricula
  • Education versus training
  • Common frameworks for local and institutional tailoring of curricula
  • Considerations of domain knowledge
  • Continuing professional education and GCIO professional networking

“We’ll be sharing some of the knowledge gained during the 15 years we’ve been educating technology leaders in our masters in technology management graduate program,” said Auffret. “We have been fortunate to work with industry and government not only in strengthening the curriculum in our program, but also on partnering on IT executive leadership initiatives with universities, government, and the private sector in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa and on the development of the International Academy of CIO.”

Also featured during the session will be the National University of Colombia, Republic of Colombia, and the United Nations University.

The session is part of the four-day International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV), established by the United Nations University in 2007. Topics of this year’s conference will focus on the research and public policy implications and path forward for technology and data driven governance as part of the post 2015 U.N. development agenda.

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Mary Crowson

Mary Crowson is a program operations specialist for the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative within George Mason's School of Business.

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