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Accenture and MIT Professional Education: Celebrating 10 years of collaboration

In 2006, Accenture and MIT Professional Education forged a multi-faceted path of innovation—at scale—in technology-focused education.

10-year collaboration

10 years of collaboration between Accenture and MIT Professional Education

In 2016, Accenture is achieving a significant milestone by providing more than 100,000 employees globally with a world-class technology education developed through a 10-year collaboration with MIT Professional Education, the professional education arm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2006, the Accenture Technology Academy (ATA) was launched to equip employees with the skills needed to deliver leading technology services for clients. To date, Accenture employees around the world have received more than 16 million hours of MIT education through the program.

Accenture Technology Academy

The Accenture Technology Academy draws on the expertise of more than 25 MIT faculty and is designed to equip Accenture employees with advanced professional and technology strategies, approaches and skills; it is comprised of two distinct components:

  • Certification programs: Four different certifications have been available to employees over the past 10 years: application developer, designer, tester and test designer. Accenture is currently preparing to launch 10 new certificate programs in several areas, including: Agile, artificial intelligence, cloud, data science, design thinking, DevOps, Internet of Things, mobile, security and web essentials. When in-person training sessions are not possible, they can be conducted via Accenture Connected Learning classrooms in 72 locations around the globe.

  • Online programs: Besides enrolling in certification programs, each person in Accenture’s global workforce has an opportunity to learn from MIT faculty through online lectures, videos, podcasts and learning boards. Many new online training courses are now available on topics including: artificial intelligence, microservices and DevOps, security,
    next-generation cloud and the Internet of Things.

The Accenture Technology Academy has been a cornerstone to our enduring relationship with MIT over the past decade. Accenture is committed to investing in our people and our relationship with MIT enables us to educate and grow our talent so we can differentiate ourselves.



Bhaskar Ghosh

Bhaskar Ghosh is group chief executive of Accenture Technology Services with overall responsibility for the Accenture Application Services business, spanning systems integration and application outsourcing. Additionally, he leads platforms, products and global technology delivery. Dr. Ghosh is currently based in Bengaluru, India. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Calcutta University, a master’s degree in business administration from Calcutta University and a Ph.D. in business process management from Utkal University in India.

Sanjeev Vohra

Sanjeev Vohra is a Managing Director in Accenture Technology, responsible for building talent in new technologies, industrializing digital delivery and creating innovative solutions for large enterprises across industries. One of his key responsibilities is to identify and provide the best learning to Accenture people. He has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Technology Management from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Rahul Varma

Rahul Varma, Chief Learning Officer, is responsible for learning and talent development globally. He led the creation of Accenture's new learning strategy and oversees some of Accenture's largest talent investments and teams driving strategic learning, onboarding and integration, career development, career transitions and performance management globally. He earned his master's degree in Personnel Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and a bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.

Allison Horn

Allison Horn is part of Accenture's Global HR team, serving as the Learning & Talent Development Lead for Accenture Technology, Accenture Operations and Accenture Digital. She has been involved with the Accenture Technology Academy since its inception in 2006. Prior to this role, she worked in several different areas in Learning & Talent Development, including certifications and mobility, and spent six years in our Talent & Organization consulting practice. Allison holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish and a master's degree in Higher Education and Adult Learning.