GROUPE STERIA : Steria launches its Academy - 4 schools of Learning.

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The inaugural programme of the Leadership School, the Certificate of Global Business Leadership is delivered in partnership with U21Global, the world’s premier online graduate school.

Mr. François Enaud, General Manager of Steria Group, Dr. Mukesh Aghi, CEO of Steria India and Mr. Nick Hutton, CEO of U21Global will launch the Steria Academy in Chennai today.

The Steria Academy creates a strong learning and development engine to drive Steria’s ability to lead in a global economy. Its programmes are based on a modular approach with a mix of face-to-face and eLearning programmes.

The first of these, an 8-month Certificate of Global Business Leadership programme is being launched in Chennai today as the first of the programmes in the School of Leadership. The pilot batch of participants comprises 58 senior representatives from all Steria’s geographies. This world class programme covers key aspects of business leadership in a global market place.

The 3 other Schools of Learning of the Steria Academy (Sales, Consulting and Programme Management) are in development and will be coming on stream over the next 12 months.

The inaugural batch of Steria leadership participants will meet with their professors in a 3 day face-to-face session in Chennai, India on June 18, 2008. Over the course of the next eight months, they will participate in a series of 10 modules including online and offline training, team work and a final presentation of their team’s project to a panel of U21Global professors in February 2009. A second batch will commence in October 2008.

The Global Business Leadership programme covers a broad overview of key management disciplines to enhance the business acumen of potential leaders. It is designed for senior officers, executives, middle managers, function heads, as well as high potential junior managers, and comprises ten modules to be completed over an eight month period.

The Certificate of Global Business Leadership programme has been developed in partnership with U21Global, an online graduate school backed by an international network of 17 leading research-intensive universities from 11 countries. U21Global has been selected by Steria because of its global outlook which reflects Steria’s international presence along with the quality of its academic training. The programme offers an innovative and supportive learning environment which involves interactive online learning, discussion and peer learning platforms, mentoring by U21Global professors and access to research articles and business library.

U21Global’s unique approach to learning provides a tremendous amount of flexibility, enabling working professionals to effectively balance their work, travel and family commitments. In addition, companies will reap immediate benefits from the ongoing programme without having to wait for students to complete it as it has real-time applicability.

The 10 modules of the Global Business Leadership programme comprise:

Regional and Global Economics Organisational Behaviour and Leadership The International Business Environment Marketing Management Finance and Financial Statements Enterprise Knowledge Management Operations Management Strategic Management for Innovative Businesses Entrepreneurship Corporate Social Responsibility

Steria participants will be assessed throughout the programme and successful completion will lead to the award of a Certificate of Global Business Leadership which gives them credit towards articulation into U21Global’s MBA programme.

“Developing strong leadership is crucial for the continued success of new generation global IT services companies like Steria, to enhance its competitive position in the marketplace. Keeping in mind the rapid pace of globalisation and the need for businesses to be competent under the pressures of a changing market place, our objective is to equip Steria executives with best in class skills relevant in the global context and provide a sound understanding of business fundamentals that will enable them to lead in an increasingly globalised world,” said Mr Nick Hutton, CEO of U21Global.

Mr François Enaud, Group Steria General Manager said,“The Certificate of Global Business Leadership programme is a milestone in Steria’s commitment to being a learning organisation. The global economy is changing the way we work. The Academy will not only re-inforce the skills our people need to succeed in this economy; the whole concept embodies these new ways of working”.

The Steria Academy is under the responsibility of Steria India CEO, Dr Mukesh Aghi and India HR Director, Mr Shantanu Banerjee in conjunction with Ms Valerie Hughes D’Aeth, Group HR Director.

About Steria (www.steria.com) The leading end-to-end IT services provider in Europe for companies which consider new technologies a vital part of their business strategy, Steria focuses on setting up strategic partnerships with its customers in each of its key markets: the public sector, finance, telecommunications, utilities and transport. Steria offers customers integrated services including consulting in core business processes as well as the development and operation of their information systems. In October 2007, Steria acquired the British firm Xansa. The new group employs over 19,000 staff in 16 countries, including 5,000 in India. On December 31, 2007, Steria revenue amounted to ¤1.4 billion (¤1.9 billion pro forma). The Group, headquartered in Paris, is listed on the Euronext Paris market.

About U21Global (www.u21global.edu.sg) Established in 2001, U21Global is the world’s premier online Graduate School that offers globally recognised graduate programmes. The graduate school is backed by an international network of leading research-intensive universities in 11 countries. U21Global combines the traditional quality of its founders with innovative modes of delivery on the Internet, providing students with substantial learning advantages, while balancing work, travel and family life.

U21Global has successfully enrolled students from 60 countries around the world including those from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The graduate programmes draw upon the best practices in online learning and pedagogy and have been approved by U21pedagogica, an independent quality assurance body which ensures that the curriculum meets the rigorous academic standards of all the affiliated universities. For more information on U21Global, please visit our campus at www.u21global.edu.sg

U21Global’s affiliated universities include: North America: Tecnológico de Monterrey, University of Virginia; Europe: Lund University; University College Dublin, University of Birmingham, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham; Asia: Fudan University, Korea University, National University of Singapore, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Delhi, University of Hong Kong, Waseda University; Australia & New Zealand: University of Melbourne, University of Queensland.

Steria Group press office Isabelle Grangé Tel: +33 1 34 88 64 44 e-mail : isabelle.grange@steria.com

TBWACorporate Armelle Amilhat Tel: +33 1 49 09 26 47 e-mail : armelle.amilhat@tbwa-corporate.com Barbara Coumaros Tel: +33 1 49 09 26 93 e-mail : barbara.coumaros@tbwa-corporate.com

U21Global

Adeline Siaw Tel: +65-6410 1311 e-mail: adeline.siaw@u21global.edu.sg

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