University gives project managers a boost with joint Masters course

03 Oct 2011

The University of Manchester has launched an international, industry-led MSc to produce the next generation of world-class project managers.

Professor Colin Bailey (seated, right) signs the Memorandum of Understanding

The University’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore to offer the MSc in Project Management, a qualification which was developed in conjunction with Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company.

The partnership will extend the global network of world-class academic institutions offering the qualification and will enable the development of specialist skills required by the engineering industry.

Launched in 2000, the course is currently delivered by The University of Manchester and Penn State University (USA).  The addition of NTU will create a global network of institutions offering this qualification, which emphasises professional development and allows students to study while continuing to work and deliver projects.

Among those who can benefit from the course are professionals, engineers and project managers, working within a wide range of sectors including energy, marine, oil and gas, construction, IT, aerospace and many others.

Professor Colin Bailey, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester, told the meeting about the lengths the University is going to produce world-leading engineers.

Professor Bailey said: ““The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester is delighted to be afforded the opportunity to collaborate with NTU.

“Both universities share a common mission: to provide excellent research-based education. This new joint postgraduate course in project management will add value to the careers of many and benefit their employers and communities.

“Rolls-Royce is a highly-valued industrial partner for us at The University of Manchester and we are very pleased that their strategic developments in Singapore is helping to facilitate our global agenda.

“The University of Manchester can see great potential for developing industry-led education and research partnerships in Singapore.”

The modular course consists of self-paced and web-enabled topics, and events comprising seminars, case studies and face-to-face consultations.

The first intake of students is expected to begin in 2012, with an estimated 20 students per intake.

NTU President Bertil Andersson said: “With more blue-chip companies looking to expand their operations in Singapore, such as multi-national power systems giant Rolls-Royce, NTU is well positioned to offer advanced professional training to the industry, with our strengths in engineering and innovation, and with our established programmes in project management, systems and aerospace engineering.

“With Rolls-Royce’s vote of confidence in NTU’s educational capabilities, I can foresee that this Memorandum of Understanding partnership will give birth to more co-operation, not just between NTU and The University of Manchester, but also with industry partners.”

Jonathan Asherson, Rolls-Royce Regional Director – Southeast Asia, said:  “Rolls-Royce delivers high-performance products and high-value services to help our customers gain competitive edge.

“In such a knowledge-intensive environment, we depend on highly skilled people, who not only bring a wide range of science and engineering skills, but also a full range of skills required to run a global business.

“We also have a long standing, successful partnership with The University of Manchester, and therefore, we are confident that this collaboration will be a success. With our growing customer base in Asia, it makes sense for us to extend the global network offering the MSc in Project Management.”

Notes for editors

Images from the signing are available from the Press Office on request.

The University of Manchester, a member of the Russell Group, is the most popular university in the UK. It has 22 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance.
According to the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, The University of Manchester is now one of the country’s major research universities, rated third in the UK in terms of ‘research power’. The University had an annual income of £788 million in 2009/10.

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Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

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For media enquiries please contact:

Daniel Cochlin
Media Relations Officer
The University of Manchester
0161 275 8387

Erin Atan
Head of Communications – Asia Pacific
Rolls-Royce plc
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Lester Kok
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
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