IPMA International Project Management Association

Online-conference “The state of project management in universities” – IPMA SmarterU SIG

Why Smarter U?
There are more than 20 thousand universities in the world, each implementing a huge number of projects of different types and complexity. Project management is becoming one of the key competencies of a modern successful University.

The practice of learning on real projects is being introduced in the educational process. Previously, many professions working in project logic did not use professional project management tools, but due to the requirements of the modern world, students ‘ immersion in project activities is becoming necessary. The very implementation of projects in the course of the educational process is becoming the standard of our time.

Large-scale scientific projects funded by the state budget and large private companies require transparent budget allocation, increased efficiency, and the use of modern project management tools.

Universities are becoming operators for implementing complex and large-scale social projects, territorial development projects, introducing advanced scientific and technical solutions to industry, business incubators for launching global companies, etc.

Taking into account the high demand for the exchange of best practices and adaptation of existing global project management practices to the activities of universities, we have created IPMA SIG: Smarter U


Why now?
In response to globalization, digitalization, and growth of competition, universities are launching large-scale organizational changes and creating project portfolios to transform the corporate culture, organizational structure, business processes, and even the mission of universities: innovation, entrepreneurship, and social issues are added to education and research. All this creates a request for professional tools for implementing changes, for project management tools.

In some countries, local communities are already being formed to develop project management in the University environment. For example, in Russia, a Council for project management in higher education institutions under the Russian project management Association has been created at the SOVNET project management Association (MA), which:

  • With the support of the state, the Council conducts a special nomination for universities and scientific organizations in the framework of The Project Olympus competition, which involves more than 40 universities.
  • Over the past two years, 700 University representatives have participated in webinars, conferences, and training programs.


What does the SIG deliver?
Participation in IPMA SIG: Smarter U will allow you to find like-minded professionals, not to go at random, but to save time and budgets due to the access to the best practices of University project management, access to world best practices, as well as consolidate your positioning as a professional project Manager and present the practices of your organization.


Who should join?

  • Managers of project offices of the universities.
  • Project managers at universities.
  • Rectors and Vice-rectors.
  • Project management teachers.
  • Representatives of the Ministry of education and science.

REGISTER HERE: https://edcrunch.surgu.ru/en