Written by Mekong Institute
This Project Management Learning Program was co-designed and delivered by the GMS Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management(PPP) and the Mekong Institute (MI). The program was conducted from19-30 April 2010 at the Mekong Institute Residential Training Center, Khon Kaen, Thailand. Based on the lessons learned and recommendations from the 2009 Project Management Learning Program participants and with the concurrence of GMS PPP Team Leader, the curriculum was revised to focus more on the first two stages of Project management, i.e. Project Imitation and Mobilization. The objectives of this learning program were to expose participants to modern concepts and tools used in project design, planning and mobilization in the context of GMS cooperation and integration.
Sixteen government officials (four women and twelve men) from five GMS countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) participated in the program. Participants came from junior to middle level positions from a wide variety of ministries.
The program was designed and taught by a team of four experienced trainers:2 PPP’s commissioned project management experts and two MI faculty members. The results of evaluation show that the trainers were qualified, experienced and employed effective training delivery methods.
The learning program explored the fundamental nature of project management experts and two MI faculty members. The results of evaluation show that the trainers were qualified, experienced and employed effective training delivery methods.The overall results of program evaluation show that participants were highly satisfied with the learning contents and methodologies.
The learning program explored the fundamental nature of project and introduced a comprehensive project management framework. It also covered the definition and typologies of a project, the project cycle, componens of project management and the nature and the role of the project team. The development context within which project operates and special issues in project design, implementation and monitoring were deliberated. The overall results of program evaluation show that participants were highly satisfied with the learning contents and methodologies.
Integrated or Meta-curriculum was employed in designing and delivering the learning program. Salient features of this curriculum are tat project design and planning competencies are carefully selected project management concept is integrated with skill practice and essential knowledge is learned to support e performance of skills, and above all, the functional competencies like team and communication skills, information management and facilitation and networking) are integrated across the curriculum.