Master of Project Management (MPM)
Projects are ubiquitous and have shaped the face of human civilization since antiquity.
The 21st century has been dubbed by some as the “century of projects”.
challenges, science and technology and knowledge relentlessly advance, projects
– and a profound insight into how to manage them effectively and efficiently - will
become all the more relevant with the passage of time. This is especially true for
developing countries like Pakistan, where a huge chunk of public-sector resources
are spent on projects every year, and the need to properly handle projects given
acute and chronic resource constraints is the need of the hour. Projects are the
key to Pakistan’s economic and social development.
Keeping in mind its mission
of imparting quality education in Pakistan, and also
because of its obligation as a public-sector university to contribute to the development
and prosperity of Pakistan to the maximum extent possible within the framework of
its resource limitations,
CIIT is launching a one-year Masters Programme in Project
Management (MPM) from this Fall Semester 2008 at CIIT.
CIIT’s MPM will help fill a major void in project management education in Pakistan.
It is a well known fact that vast sums of public resources are wasted due to mismanagement
of projects, particularly in the social sector. Project failures – as measured with
respect to the non-attainment of its goal, and/or cost or schedule overruns – are
common in Pakistan. This problem is attributable in part to the lack of basic project
management knowledge of the initiators, planners and implementers of projects. Successful
project management requires insight into several knowledge areas, for instance,
communication management, risk management, cost and time management etc. Yet comparatively
few project managers in Pakistan can claim that they have an adequate insight into
all these areas. The dearth of project management education opportunities in Pakistan
is the principal cause of this problem.
The Masters in Project Management (MPM) programme being offered by the Department
of Management Sciences of the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad
campus, is designed as a one-year full-time study course which has the main objective of providing students with a comprehensive, in-depth and practical knowledge of
this exciting, challenging and increasingly important subject area of management.
The first of its kind in Pakistan, the MPM will help overcome the acute and chronic
knowledge deficiency in project management which plagues most private, public and
non-governmental organizations operating in Pakistan.
Consisting of eleven courses with thirty-three credit hours, course participants
will be introduced to all essential project management concepts, processes, tools
and techniques which have been established over time as constituting the best practices
in the field and familiarization with which are essential for professionally and
successfully managing both simple as well as complex projects in different organizational
settings and subject contexts. Numerous guest lectures by experienced project
management practitioners as well as frequent references to specific project case
studies are featured aspects of this programme.