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China National Steering Committee of Professional Education of Master of Engineering (SCME) and Project Management Institute (PMI) Sign Significant Higher Education Accord

China National Steering Committee of Professional Education of Master of Engineering (SCME) and Project Management Institute (PM

BEIJING, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- China National Steering Committee of Professional Education of Master of Engineering (SCME) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) have signed an accord encouraging Chinese universities offering master of project management engineering degrees to seek accreditation of their programs 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, and Dr. Edwin J. Andrews, PMI Director of Academic and Educational Programs & Services, signed the cooperative accord on March 7, 2008.

Chen and Andrews 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 within the global academic community.

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 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. Fourteen colleges and universities worldwide have earned PMI GAC accreditation through the first quarter of 2008.

The Chinese government has committed significant resources to assuring that highly educated project managers are available to serve its rapidly growing construction and engineering, information technology (IT), manufacturing and aeronautics sectors. 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.

"Recognition of the standard of project management education set by the GAC will assure that China's increasing cadre of project managers are well qualified to meet Project Management Professional (PMP(R)) certification requirements," said Gregory Balestrero, chief executive officer, PMI. "Practitioners who have earned the Project Management Professional credential will enter the Chinese engineering, construction and management workforce fully prepared for project management challenges associated with China's rapid growth as a world economic power."

PMI has a tradition of supporting China. A member of PMI's GAC Board, Prof. Dr. Wang ShouQing, is from Tsinghua University. Wang is leading, under the direction of SCME, the national consortium of 103 Chinese universities and colleges with master degree programs in project management. PMI also continues to support project management research at Chinese universities and at its upcoming biennial Research Conference in Warsaw Poland will feature a plenary speaker from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Project Management Institute

CONTACT: Joe Patterson of Project Management Institute Public Relations,
+1-610 356-4600, ext. 1112. mobile: +1-610 506-9570, [email protected];
or Liu Huiqin, Administrative Director of Secretary Department, Steering
Committee of Professional Education of Master of Engineering, +86-10-62789483,
[email protected]

Web Site: http://www.pmi.org/

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