A new paradigm in E&T: Result oriented Learner-Centred E&T approaches using APHs



IPMA Education and Training Series

By Chinwi Obari Mgbere

Asst. Professor, School of Engineering,
Nazarbayev University,

Astana, Kazakhstan ________________________________________________________________________


As part of implementing the IPMA 2020 strategy, the IPMA Education and Training Board has embarked on a remarkable innovation project. The development of Annotated Project Handbooks (APHs) that will bridge theoretical knowledge and practical experience as described by Pantouvakis (2015) may prove a useful tool. This project has a chance of succeeding if efforts are made at all levels, namely at the curriculum, educator (trainer) and learner (student, project manager), embedding hands-on project management experience in the training curriculum.

Most training programmes are rarely based on practical experience. Learners ask for practical cases to kick-start their project management experience.

This paper addresses Learner-Centred E&T approaches using APHs developed to support and increase visibility and impact of E&T within current IPMA Member Associations and facilitate the sustainable development of new Member Associations through delivery of value based Education & Training.

This paper comes from a practitioner perspective and looks at learner-centred approaches to education and training. For successful implementation of this approach, we highlight three areas of innovation in E&T.

  • Curriculum within the framework of an Annotated Project Handbook
  • Professionalism of educators
  • The Learner-centred learningCurriculum

It is argued, that the world of Education and Training must make a fundamental shift, from an institution centred model to a mobile, flexible, technologically solid and more learner-centred model.Higher education sector as a whole appears to be somewhat averse to innovation. There is no real evidence of reorientation in the sector. Education providers are poorly equipped to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Yet, with more and more private sector education providers entering the market, the need for innovation is increasing. It is with this context that the IPMA E&T’s vision is set out.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by members of the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board or other IPMA leaders on the subject of project management education, training, careers and related topics. More information about the IPMA E&T can be found at http://ipma.ch/education.



About the Author



Nazarbayev University,

Astana, Kazakshtan  

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Chinwi Obari Mgbere
, Industrial & Civil Eng., M.Sc., PhD, Project & Programme management, with 15 years’ experience in managing projects is charged with the implementation of the Nazarbayev University facility construction in Astana, Kazakhstan (7 project portfolios consisting of 27 projects, including MEGA projects). More than 10 years’ experience in professional project management, implementing projects in several countries from Ukraine, to Vietnam and now Kazakhstan. He is National First Assessor in Nigeria for the IPMA 4-Level Certification, Head of the PMDAN Education and Training Board and implementor of corporate Project, Program & Portfolio Management Control Systems. E-mail: [email protected]