[photopress:mba_jiao_tong_uni.jpg,full,alignright]This item starts off with a slew of acronyms but, sadly, they are essential.
The China National Steering Committee of Professional Education of Master of Engineering (SCME) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) have jointly signed an accord.
This agreement encourages Chinese universities offering master of project management engineering degrees to seek accreditation by PMI’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC).
The SCME oversees China’s national consortium of 103 higher education institutions that have been authorized by the Chinese government to offer master’s degree programs in project management.
Prof. Chen Haoming, SCME Deputy Director and Secretary General, said the accord is a significant agreement because the concept of accreditation by international non-government agencies is relatively new in China and because it will facilitate the exchange of best project management teaching and research practices.
The PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC), which is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, accredits project management degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.
The Engineering Master Program in Project Management at the School of Mechanical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (shown in our illustration) was accredited by the PMI GAC in January 2008 and is the first of the 103 schools offering this degree in China to receive PMI GAC accreditation.
In 2004, the government instituted a number of engineering master’s in project management degree programs that have now grown to more than 100, including programs at several business schools. There currently are more than 14,000 students enrolled in these programs, making it the most popular engineering master’s discipline in the world.
Source: PR Newswire or you can go to the website.