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Full Fledge PM University?
After completing an elective line of fantastic courses at PM university, I had a lightbulb moment. The conceptualization of an online robust international educational institution dedicated to everything project management and its facets. It would encompass being a premier registered education provider that offers certifications from the PMI, IPMA, APM, and any other recognized project management bodies. It would include workshops, courses, crash courses, micro-credentials courses, webinars, full fledge degree programs(certificate to Mphil/Ph.D. level specializations included). Also acts as a "resource portal" for project management books, papers, and literature. Moreover, it would likely be offered in as many languages as possible to have a global outreach.

This leads to the main questions of the day.
(1)Does something like this exist currently or at least something close to this concept?
(2) Is it feasible?
(3) Would it align with the goals, mission, vision, and objectives of the PMI and other recognized bodies?
(4) Generally, what are your honest unfiltered views on the prospect of this idea from whatever perspective?
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Stephen -

An education provider can't offer certifications but could offer prep training for the certifications from different PM associations.

The closest I've seen to what you are referring to is the certificate program and curriculum which George Washington University had licensed to other higher education institutes.

The question I'd ask is what is the benefit of consolidating all this in one organization to both the customer and the delivering organization?

Kiron
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Feb 20, 2022 6:52 PM
Stephen Robin
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Thanks for the clarification on the education provider versus the prep trainer model.

The closest example is one U.S based university I see. Is it possible you can send a link so I can see what it is like?

The value I see in this particular concept is still ambiguous to me but a centralized online hub would make it easy to access quality project management education for all, especially in developing countries where the project management maturity model is low and there is an extremely limited amount of institutions that offer adequate project management content and training. My country for example has only two (2) registered education providers which are small-scale. Along with a handful of educational institutions that offer any kind of educational programs in project management.

Moreover, the organization has access to an international base that could tailor educational content to the specific needs of a particular region or country with the data gathered. Even specific courses for a particular industry. There could be a clear focus on areas in project management that are left out, neglected, or easily forgotten by practitioners in the field. Hope this makes sense.


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Feb 20, 2022 6:04 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Stephen -

An education provider can't offer certifications but could offer prep training for the certifications from different PM associations.

The closest I've seen to what you are referring to is the certificate program and curriculum which George Washington University had licensed to other higher education institutes.

The question I'd ask is what is the benefit of consolidating all this in one organization to both the customer and the delivering organization?

Kiron
Thanks for the clarification on the education provider versus the prep trainer model.

The closest example is one U.S based university I see. Is it possible you can send a link so I can see what it is like?

The value I see in this particular concept is still ambiguous to me but a centralized online hub would make it easy to access quality project management education for all, especially in developing countries where the project management maturity model is low and there is an extremely limited amount of institutions that offer adequate project management content and training. My country for example has only two (2) registered education providers which are small-scale. Along with a handful of educational institutions that offer any kind of educational programs in project management.

Moreover, the organization has access to an international base that could tailor educational content to the specific needs of a particular region or country with the data gathered. Even specific courses for a particular industry. There could be a clear focus on areas in project management that are left out, neglected, or easily forgotten by practitioners in the field. Hope this makes sense.


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Stephen -

The certificate at GWU has morphed since I got it back in 2000, but here's the latest web page: https://business.gwu.edu/academics/program...ject-management

While you wouldn't get the localization benefits, many training providers do offer courses for a global audience using remote learning techniques. I doubt any single institution would be capable of having local presence in most countries and the one-time and ongoing costs of localizing courseware and identifying skilled instructors who are fluent in the local language and culture might not be cost justified. The best alternative I've seen is the professional development options provided by the local chapters of PM associations (e.g. PMI, IPMA).

Kiron
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Feb 22, 2022 9:32 AM
Stephen Robin
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Ok, great thanks for the online link.

I am aware of the fact that there are training providers that offer courses, consultancy, and training on a remote basis. It is nigh impossible for a single institution to offer its services to every country in the world but it can be done on a regional basis. That is a pipe dream. I fully understand your point of view in terms of the logistics behind the localization and acquiring sufficient teachers, lecturers, trainers, instructors professors, and facilitators in project management. Especially in the field that is still growing and evolving as we speak. Also, consider the vast IT architecture and format to handle intakes of students from all over the world. From what I gathered what is remotely close in some capacity is professional development options by local chapters. Although not all chapters are made equal and some may be more developed and have a much higher number of members than others.

Grateful for the analytical, edifying breakdowns as usual Kiron. I greatly appreciate it.
I agree with Kiron.
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Feb 22, 2022 9:33 AM
Stephen Robin
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Do you have any thoughts to share as well Abolfazi? I would love to know.
Feb 21, 2022 7:42 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Stephen -

The certificate at GWU has morphed since I got it back in 2000, but here's the latest web page: https://business.gwu.edu/academics/program...ject-management

While you wouldn't get the localization benefits, many training providers do offer courses for a global audience using remote learning techniques. I doubt any single institution would be capable of having local presence in most countries and the one-time and ongoing costs of localizing courseware and identifying skilled instructors who are fluent in the local language and culture might not be cost justified. The best alternative I've seen is the professional development options provided by the local chapters of PM associations (e.g. PMI, IPMA).

Kiron
Ok, great thanks for the online link.

I am aware of the fact that there are training providers that offer courses, consultancy, and training on a remote basis. It is nigh impossible for a single institution to offer its services to every country in the world but it can be done on a regional basis. That is a pipe dream. I fully understand your point of view in terms of the logistics behind the localization and acquiring sufficient teachers, lecturers, trainers, instructors professors, and facilitators in project management. Especially in the field that is still growing and evolving as we speak. Also, consider the vast IT architecture and format to handle intakes of students from all over the world. From what I gathered what is remotely close in some capacity is professional development options by local chapters. Although not all chapters are made equal and some may be more developed and have a much higher number of members than others.

Grateful for the analytical, edifying breakdowns as usual Kiron. I greatly appreciate it.
Feb 22, 2022 8:38 AM
Replying to Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani
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I agree with Kiron.
Do you have any thoughts to share as well Abolfazi? I would love to know.
I'm reminded of the adage: jack of all trades, master of none. Trying to be everything to everyone might actually mean you cannot satisfy your customers. You'll be stretching your ressources across so many lines of business that you won't be able to do justice to any one line.
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Feb 24, 2022 1:39 PM
Stephen Robin
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Yes, that is a valid point. Reassessing the concept is too broad in scope. So watching from another perspective. What if the scope is reduced to a regional basis eg Pan American Region with offerings limited to online courses and workshops. Would it now have some semblance of reality and reason?

Another question I have. The fact that we are a global village and there are numerous project concepts that cannot be started due to the technology not simply being there yet. The start of the fourth industrial revolution(Digital). Would the full concept and its totality be something that can be achieved 20-40 years from now?
Feb 23, 2022 8:53 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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I'm reminded of the adage: jack of all trades, master of none. Trying to be everything to everyone might actually mean you cannot satisfy your customers. You'll be stretching your ressources across so many lines of business that you won't be able to do justice to any one line.
Yes, that is a valid point. Reassessing the concept is too broad in scope. So watching from another perspective. What if the scope is reduced to a regional basis eg Pan American Region with offerings limited to online courses and workshops. Would it now have some semblance of reality and reason?

Another question I have. The fact that we are a global village and there are numerous project concepts that cannot be started due to the technology not simply being there yet. The start of the fourth industrial revolution(Digital). Would the full concept and its totality be something that can be achieved 20-40 years from now?
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Feb 24, 2022 4:20 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Companies like Amazon and HP started in someone's garage. Now they're global companies. (Amazon might even be pushing the envelope further with its space aspirations.)
Feb 24, 2022 1:39 PM
Replying to Stephen Robin
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Yes, that is a valid point. Reassessing the concept is too broad in scope. So watching from another perspective. What if the scope is reduced to a regional basis eg Pan American Region with offerings limited to online courses and workshops. Would it now have some semblance of reality and reason?

Another question I have. The fact that we are a global village and there are numerous project concepts that cannot be started due to the technology not simply being there yet. The start of the fourth industrial revolution(Digital). Would the full concept and its totality be something that can be achieved 20-40 years from now?
Companies like Amazon and HP started in someone's garage. Now they're global companies. (Amazon might even be pushing the envelope further with its space aspirations.)
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Feb 24, 2022 6:07 PM
Stephen Robin
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Yes indeed. We have many examples of billion-dollar companies that started off in a dorm room, basement, or parent's house. Good food for thought Stephane.
Feb 24, 2022 4:20 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Companies like Amazon and HP started in someone's garage. Now they're global companies. (Amazon might even be pushing the envelope further with its space aspirations.)
Yes indeed. We have many examples of billion-dollar companies that started off in a dorm room, basement, or parent's house. Good food for thought Stephane.

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