Introducing the IPMA Education & Training Board’s New Monthly Series for the PM World Journal


Rationale, Motivation & Invitation to Contribute!

By John-Paris Pantouvakis 

Athens, Greece

Education & Training is quite important both for young and seasoned Project Managers as it may contribute significantly to furthering their career prospects. Rookies are looking for basic knowledge and materials to assist in their essential skills development. Seasoned Project Managers are seeking more advanced knowledge and solutions to complex real-world situations.

In between the above categories are students, managers, top executives, government officials, educators, trainers, functional managers of line organizations, project, program and portfolio professionals, consultants and, of course, their respective organizations.

This audience will find interest in a supplier-independent forum so that they may express their needs, concerns and findings and in which they may find guidance and advice. The newly formed IPMA E&T Board for the period 2013-14 welcomed the challenge to cooperate on a regular basis with PM World Journal and coordinate such an effort.

The IPMA Education & Training Board

The IPMA Education and Training Board (IPMA E&T Board) addresses the complex relationships between education, training and employment in professional project management. Although the IPMA E&T Board does not offer, in general, directly training courses, it assists in the development of educational resources (such as books, curricula, multimedia resources), runs the IPMA Registration system allowing the mapping between a training program/course and ICB/NCB, and coordinates such projects as TAP (the Training Aid Program) to promote project management in countries with no IPMA presence, Recommended Literature (where recommendations on project management books are made) and IPMA Advanced Courses.

The E&T Board also organizes events (such as a special session on “Balancing Project Management: Further Training & Professional Development” at the forthcoming 27th IPMA World Congress – www.ipma2013.hr) and strives to promote excellence in education & training worldwide.

We are also keen to cooperate with other organizations with which we share interests and we may be able to jointly contribute in the area.


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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles edited by members of the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board 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

john-paris-pantouvakisflag-greeceJOHN-PARIS PANTOUVAKIS 

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

& Chairman IPMA Education & Training Board 

Athens, Greece 

John-Paris Pantouvakis, M.Eng., M.Sc., PhD, C.Eng; following a ten year career in industry moved to Academia and is now an Associate Professor and the Director of the Department of Construction Engineering & Management and the Centre for Construction Innovation at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). John-Paris is also an Adjunct Lecturer and a Postgraduate Module Coordinator at the Hellenic Open University. He is the President of PM-Greece, the Greek IPMA Member, a First Assessor for IPMA Certification in Greece and an IPMA Project Excellence Awards Assessor. He also serves as a Member of the Editorial Board of several Journals and as an International Editorial Advisor for the PMWorld Journal. He has organized several project management events in Greece including chairing the recent 26th IPMA World Congress (2012). More information is available at his personal website (http://users.ntua.gr/jpp/jpp_en.htm).