Syracuse University

Spotlight: JPMorgan Chase

Twenty-five years ago, financial services firm JPMorgan Chase & Co. was locally processing paper-based transactions. Today, trillions of dollars pass daily through systems that are fully automated and global in scale.

Unfortunately, the skills needed to manage these systems are in short supply. Realizing that it needed a pipeline of technologists who could thrive in such a multifaceted, integrated environment, JPMorgan Chase began looking for a partner—a like-minded university that could help train this new generation of information professionals.

A reputation for academic excellence and a strong belief in Scholarship in Action made Syracuse University the ideal choice. So in 2007, JPMorgan Chase and SU launched a collaboration that's as broad as it is unique. The 10-year, $30 million commitment to SU is creating a financial services technology curriculum and training program that will benefit students throughout the region.

Already, the collaboration has been a great success. Working side by side, JPMorgan Chase technology experts and professors from three SU schools—the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Information Studies (iSchool), and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management—have:

  • Defined a new interdisciplinary Global Enterprise Technology curriculum.
  • Launched the curriculum's first course offerings. 
  • Established a new GET minor.
  • Implemented a new internship program.
  • Initiated research projects in areas like identity management and fraud detection.
  • Launched The HUB, a center for dynamic thought between universities and industries.

Perhaps most important, SU and JPMorgan Chase have demonstrated a new kind of university-industry collaboration. "This close working partnership between a world-class company and a leading research university is an exciting new model for designing a curriculum in an emerging field," says Ben Ware, SU's vice president for research. "It's a model that can be applied to a wide range of curricular reinventions." 

In the photo above, enterprise technology students on campus learn to use JPMorgan Chase's mainframe server, which is located in Dallas, Texas. From left are Alok Wadhwani '09, Sheetal Kotha .09, and Wesley Purvis '10.