Digital Twin Skills Development

Digital Twins for Senior Leaders course

Digital Twin Hub > Gemini Skills

The Digital Twin Hub has partnered with Cranfield University to offer this course to develop digital twin capability. The pilot began in October 2023 with the first course launching on 1 February 2024.

The course runs across 8 weeks with 16 hours of active learning (remote lectures delivered in real time and recorded for catch-up), and a strategic discussion forum with the cohort. Sessions are online, lasting one-and-a-half hours, once a week.

Digital Twins for Senior Leaders is part of a suite of learning opportunities to give individuals and organisations the knowledge and confidence to introduce digital twins.

It is unique in being founded on the Gemini Principles, scoped alongside asset owners and operations and delivered by the DT Hub and Cranfield in association with policy makers, industry associations, academic experts and practitioners.

It is designed for leaders engaged in roles that will influence decision-making to realise digital transformation and organisational change. They will be the enablers and subsequent end-users of digital twin systems, or the translators of digital twin capabilities, rather than those creating the digital twins.

This industry training is relevant to innovators working in asset owner and operator organisations as well as suppliers and consultants, and suits company or sector-specific cohorts and/or individuals. You can also enquire about custom programmes for organisations.

Session themes by week

  1. What is a digital twin and why is it significant to you?
  2. What is value, and could the organisational value creation and purpose change with digital twins?
  3. How do organisations enable sustainable change in the context of digital transformation?
  4. What does the digital twin ecosystem look like?
  5. How do we sustain human-machine interaction in a digital twin environment in tasks/divisions/enterprises?
  6. How do organisations position data as a core value-creating asset through digital twins?
  7. What new decisions and analytics can organisations make through a digital twin?
  8. What is my organisational strategy over time?


  1. How long is this course and how many times a year does it run? Course sessions are one-and-a-half hours long, once a week, across 8 weeks. We aim to run a course each academic term.
  2. How will this course help me and my organisation? The training helps senior leaders understand the key considerations for introducing a digital twin to its operations, and supports the creation of an organisational strategy.
  3. Can I complete the course if I am not able to attend one of the sessions? Yes, all sessions are recorded and preparation material is available online.
  4. Can I expect help on my journey to implement a digital twin after the course has finished? Yes, by being a member of the DT Hub, and an alumni of the course, you will have the opportunity to meet and consult with experts and fellow course members/innovators at a series of special events.

Training is led by Prof. John Erkoyuncu at Cranfield University.

This course is part of the DT Hub’s Gemini Skills Programme.