22 February 2024 | 3:54
Adalbjorn Thorolfsson

New Era in Project Management Education: Collaboration of the Reykjavik University’s MPM Program and the Icelandic Project Management Association. 

In a landmark move for project management education, Reykjavik University’s Master of Project Management (MPM) program has joined forces with the Icelandic Project Management Association. This collaboration marks a significant shift in project management training, integrating academic excellence with professional certification.

Starting in Fall 2024, the MPM program at Reykjavik University will offer a unique opportunity for students: to graduate with not only a master’s degree but also an IPMA C-level certification. This integration signifies a significant enhancement in the educational landscape, combining theoretical knowledge with practical, industry-recognized credentials.

In line with the rigorous standards of IPMA C-level certification, incoming MPM students will need to bring substantial project management experience to the table. This ensures that the cohort comprises individuals who are not just academically inclined but also seasoned in the practical aspects of project management.

The MPM program is renowned for its dynamic and innovative approach, thanks to the vision of its founders. The program will continue to evolve, benchmarking against the best and incorporating cutting-edge teaching methods, including online and flipped classroom components. This flexibility allows for a broader, more diverse student body, including highly talented international students.

The 16-month program is structured to offer a blend of on-site learning in scenic Iceland and online modules. The on-site components will enhance learning and provide a unique cultural experience. Students can expect two to three visits to Iceland, complemented by remote learning modules.

The faculty of the MPM program at Reykjavik University comprises outstanding international experts familiar with IPMA and its global mission. This connection ensures that students receive an education that is not just academically sound but also aligned with industry expectations and trends.

Recognizing the challenges of achieving IPMA C-level certification, the program offers extensive support to students. This includes coaching, supervision, and mentoring that is, among other things, tailored to guide students through the certification process. This support system is invaluable in helping students meet the rigorous standards of IPMA certification.

The collaboration between Reykjavik University’s MPM program and the Icelandic Project Management Association is more than a curriculum enhancement; it’s a redefinition of project management education. By aligning academic learning with professional certification, the program is setting a new benchmark in the field, preparing students both for the challenges of today and for the opportunities of tomorrow.

Written by
Adalbjorn Thorolfsson

Chairman of Project Management Association of Iceland

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