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Athabasca University to provide flexible online learning to HCLTech Canada employees

Eligible HCLTech employees will be able to earn a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems while also advancing their career

Edmonton, Alberta (Oct. 18, 2023)—Athabasca University (AU), Canada's Open University, has partnered with HCLTech to provide advanced learning opportunities for the leading global technology company's employees.

This partnership provides a flexible pathway to earning a degree for HCLTech employees in their four Canadian offices who have successfully completed the company's IT apprenticeship program. Eligible employees will be enrolled in AU's Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems program.

“At Athabasca University, we're pleased to be able to help major international organizations like HCLTech to meet their employees' further education requirements,” said Dr. Alex Clark, AU president. “Our flexible online learning environment allows anyone to advance their post-secondary education in a way that fits in to their busy lives, even if they work full-time. In fact, three-quarters of AU students work while they pursue their studies. This flexibility will allow HCLTech employees to thrive while they advance their education and their careers.”

The education provided by AU will build upon what these students have learned during HCLTech’s IT apprenticeship program, which creates new pathways for aspiring tech professionals by providing innovative training opportunities, including on-the-job learning designed to fast-track their careers.

“We are excited to partner with Athabasca University to strengthen our apprenticeship program, which is unique in the Canadian tech space,” says Joelien Jose, Executive Vice President and Country Head - Canada, HCLTech. “This program exemplifies our commitment to our employee value proposition: Find your Spark. Employees from diverse backgrounds can now benefit from the apprenticeship program, which gives them room to learn while they work and achieve their higher education degree.”

This program launched in September 2023.

About Athabasca University (AU)

Athabasca University (AU) is one of the world's foremost and fastest-growing online and open education institutions, serving over 38,000 students across 81 countries. AU is the second-largest university in Alberta. AU offers online bachelors, masters, and doctorate programs alongside online courses for both personal learning and professional development. It is uniquely founded on the principles of flexibility and openness, giving students control over their studies so they can learn whenever and wherever it is right for them. For more information, please visit:

About HCLTech

HCLTech is a global technology company, home to more than 223,400 people across 60 countries, delivering industry-leading capabilities centered around digital, engineering, cloud and AI, powered by a broad portfolio of technology services and products. We work with clients across all major verticals, providing industry solutions for Financial Services, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Technology and Services, Telecom and Media, Retail and CPG, and Public Services. Consolidated revenues as of 12 months ending June 2023 totaled $12.8 billion. To learn how we can supercharge progress for you, visit

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Bryan Alary
Manager, Content and Media Relations
Athabasca University

Updated October 18, 2023 by Digital & Web Operations (