Academics at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School of Executive Education are launching a new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Programme, to support the next generation of tech leaders in the UK and around the world.

Designed by senior academics who specialise in everything from the effectiveness of new product development processes, to the role of operations in entrepreneurial growth, to cultivating a culture of innovation, the CTO Programme will be delivered in partnership with the education technology company Emeritus.

The programme aims to prepare digital and technology specialists for senior leadership roles, and will be delivered online to allow cohorts of students from around the world to build their networks. The programme comes as data shows UK investment in technology is at a record high, with the third highest level of investment in the world.

The executive education team at the Cambridge Judge Businesses School co-designed the CTO Programme with Emeritus to bring the face-to-face teaching experience to a global community of senior executives. Unlike other online courses that focus on a ‘one size fits all’ approach, the new programme is built around groups of online participants who go on a journey together, while learning from some of the world’s leading specialists.



Priced at £17,000, the programme lasts between nine and 12 months and consists of five core modules on the essentials of being a CTO alongside two elective modules for students to specialise in. Prospective CTOs can take part in modules on everything from new product development to innovation in the digital age, to tech policy and the regulatory environment.

The programme finishes with an event in Cambridge, helping participants to continue to grow their network and meet world-renowned experts in technology leadership.

The programme will start in July 2022, and enrolment is now open.

Commenting on the launch of the programme, Christoph Loch, Professor of Operations and Technology Management and the programme’s faculty director, said: ‘Modern CTOs are expected to articulate a vision of how innovation and technology can be used to reimagine their organisation. Technical expertise is essential but it must be paired with robust strategic thinking, business acumen and interpersonal skills to deliver results.

‘We at Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education are excited to launch this impactful programme to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and capabilities to thrive as a CTO today.’

Lisa Rohrer, President of University Partnerships at Emeritus, added: ‘Now is the ideal time for senior technology professionals to invest in development that will position them to meet the growing demand for visionary tech leaders who can embrace change and keep their organisations ahead of the curve. We are delighted to partner with Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education to help aspiring CTOs accelerate their careers.’