2 2 Global School of Project Management Escuela Global de Dirección de Proyectos Escola Global de Gerenciamento de Projetos
3 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS A graduate degree for life 4 The University for International Cooperation 5 The GSPM factor 7 The Master in Project Management degree 14 Curriculum 15 The GSPM system 16 Faculty and graduates 18 How to apply? 20 Investment and scholarships plans 22
4 A graduate degree for life In every nook of our planet, in every culture of our civilization, projects are the common language and currency. 4 The spread of globalization, as well as the emergence of social, cultural and economic interdependence among nations, have made project management a vital part of the way the complex development of our global paradigm functions and is managed. The Global School of Project Management was created for the purpose of understanding and adding value to this paradigm, through the formation of leaders with the skills, professional culture, and credentials needed to ensure success in the projects undertaken. The GSPM graduate has a competitive advantage that distinguishes him or her, as a director of projects, in every sector of the economy and any area of development. Over 2,000 professionals have participated in our programs, and they are now responsibly involved, with their knowledge and actions, in improving the production and living standards of the countries in which they work. With a focus on integral development, the GSPM experience marks differences in the lives of our graduates. On the professional level, they acquire a set of tools for operating and managing success in their businesses and organizations. On a personal level, they achieve improved organization and higher living standards. Guidance Momentum Strategy Perspective
5 5 THE UNIVERSITY FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION UCI (Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional: UCI for its acronym in Spanish) is an institution created for the purpose of offering outstanding formation, of the highest quality, in professions and cutting edge areas of knowledge, vital to sustainable development. As a part of its global vision and its commitment with sustainability, UCI maintains world-class bases of research projects and strategic alliances. The UCI concept is built on a global and wellconnected platform. It is a learning laboratoty for didactic production that enables mutual exchange and benefit among the world s countries. UCI has accumulated two decades of experience in forming leaders in multiple sectors. UCI is accredited, as a private university, by the Republic of Costa Rica s Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada Realistic (CONESUP, for its acronym in Spanish, is the National Council for Private Superior University Education) and by the United Mexican States Sistema Educativo Nacional (the Mexican National Education System). UCI accounts more than 3,000 alumni, from 50 of the world s countries, in the 5 continents. This network of professionals demonstrates UCI s commitment to innovative education and sustainable development. UCI uses cutting edge educational tools, dynamic learning scenarios, different modalities for earning international titles, professors who are experts in their professional areas, and innovative classroom schemes (on-line (virtual), attendance, and mixed), in line with the current paradigm of competencies, which today s society expects graduate level professionals to have. Glocal Connected Competitive Flexible Diverse Intelligent
6 6 A human being with a project is just another madman until he achieves success
7 7 The GSPM Factor Six points of value for the project management professional
8 World-class reputation& accreditation We are the first university in Latin America to have a program accredited by the GAC (Global Accreditation Center), in both attendance and on-line (virtual) modalities, and in two languages: English and Spanish. We were also the first university in the region to obtain recognition as REP (Registered Education Provider), since Both accreditations are granted by the PMI (Project Management Institute), the world s leader in the dissemination of the discipline of project management and the certification of professionals in this field. GSPM complements its didactic curriculum with preparation to obtain several accreditations from PMI and GPM (Green Project Management).
9 International experts, who manage projects all over the world, form an important part of our teaching team. Ours is a top-level program that responds to today s complex paradigm of project direction and management. The scope and importance of modern projects energize our educational experience, covering four continents. Students from Colombia, China, Mozambique, Germany, Brazil, Egypt, India, Singapore, the countries of Central America and Panama, Mexico, the Antilles, and from many other nations, are living testimony of our educational excellence. 2. Solidity & applied Experience With concentration of our alumni network in the regions of Central and South America, we are an example of global vision on projects, with graduates from the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Over 15 years forming project management leaders. 2,000 graduates from more than 40 countries. More than 140 generations of students affirm our commitment to sustainable development in the region and the world. We are a School that performs and produces. Our Project Management office has developed more than 100 international cooperation projects in 15 different countries. 9
10 10 Our students experience and the needs of our societies are the starting points for the design of our programs. We strengthen direct relationships between knowledge and the development of skills in the human talent. Our on-line (virtual) learning platform has evolved in excellence and continuous improvement for more than 15 years. The School s multidisciplinary vocation is focused on our student community. The exchange of experiences among students of different professional backgrounds and nationalities allows for an enormous enrichment of the learning process. The participation of engineers, communicators, sociologists, businessmen, economists, educators, internationalists, informatics, doctors, and many professionals in other basic careers, makes the graduate degree in project management the most flexible and necessary one for building professional quality. 3. Education& innovation for the XXI Century The importance taken on by information technologies in modern organizations drives our methodology of teaching to change and improve, in benefit to our students. The area of projects requires a learning-facilitating environment that is provided by the innovative techniques of the ICT s. On-line or virtual education facilitates and potentiates the formation of the distance learning student, breaking the barriers of time and space, since it enables a communication environment for the development of teaching and learning processes through information and communications technologies (ICT s). Based on the tendencies of modern learning, the Global School of Project Management offers the first and only system for graduate degrees, in different languages, in Latin America. Offered in an on-line (virtual) modality, our programs allow the student to maximize the efficient use of his/her time and investment as a professional. Our on-line (virtual) learning production laboratory applies the best tools, designs and interactive concepts for teaching and learning, which lets us offer a unique, more effective, and successful educational experience. It is known (http://elearningindustry.com) that on-line (virtual) education helps information retention by 25%- 60%, as compared to conventional methods of education. It is also estimated that, by 2019, half of all university courses will be taught on-line.
11 A superior graduate degree The GSPM Master in Project Management Degree is much more than a certification. It provides a real competitive advantage in the professional career of an expert in projects. The School is accredited and offers degrees with recognition from two government superior education agencies with the highest standards in Latin America The Secretaría de Educación Pública de México (SEP, for its acronym in Spanish, is the Secretariat of Public Education of Mexico), through its Recognition of the Official Validity of Federal and State Superior Studies (RVOE, for its acronym in Spanish), that regulates and certifies our graduate program in Mexico. The Costa Rican Ministry of Education, through the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP, for its acronym in Spanish, is the National Council of Private Superior University Education), that regulates and certifies our graduate degrees in Costa Rica. - International quality: our most important letters of presentation are the scope and quality of our programs, with recognition from great international corporations. - Coexistence and interaction: our students are immersed in a constant exchange of knowledge with real project managers from all over the world. - A body of complementary certification: our students have the possibility of participation in diverse programs of study, in different languages, endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
12 5. An intelligent and planned investment GSPM has world-class programs at accessible prices*. The School understands that increasing the number of professionals in project management is the most certain and concrete way to promote the world s sustainable development. We offer investment plans, and a variety of scholarship funds, that articulate this vision of extension and professional development to reduce the gaps in training and social status. Taking any of our programs represents a huge advantage in the curriculum of any professional. Interactive, mobile, flexible, inclusive, and productive are some of the outstanding characteristics of our teaching model. There are opportunities for everyone. 50% of knowledge and professional tools become obsolete every 3 years, and 23% of professionals who resign do so because of a lack of opportunities to continue training in their work places. GSPM is not only the best option for learning, but it is also the most sustainable and green route to the future. 85% of the expenses for professional training are for transportation, energy, classroom materials, books, and other resources. Our on-line (virtual) learning platform reduces these expenses and turns them into benefits for the student. GSPM requires the participants in the Master s programs to enroll and remain as active members (in student mode, at a very low cost) of the Project Management Institute (PMI). This membership allows access to a wide variety of resources, such as standards, literature, blogs, webinars, communities of practice, and many more benefits. 12 * To learn more about scholarship funds and investment plans, consult with our Professional Development Advisors (see Contact at the end of the document).
13 13 6. A global vision with infinite local possibilities The development of the knowledge society, the management of an integrated world economy, the protection of biodiversity, and the progress of the inhabitants of a remote population, are all achieved through the execution of thousands of projects every day. Forming competitive leaders, who manage these projects with a multicultural, all-inclusive, multidisciplinary, and committed vision, is GSPM s contribution to the community of peoples and nations of our planet. * Regions with graduates from our programs
14 MASTER IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 14
15 CYCLE COURSE Introduction to Project Management (Principles of Project Management) 15 Modalities and languages of study: Approximate duration: Degree recognition: Virtual (online) or Blended, Spanish. Virtual (online), English. Spanish: 16 months, Blended modality. Spanish: 20 months, virtual (online) modality. English: 20 months, virtual (online) modality. Costa Rica (note: Mexican degree recognition may be available in some groups, if you are interested, please contact Strategic Planning and Organizational Analysis (Development of Company Programs and Portfolios) Project Methodologies, Processes and Products (Project Formulation and Evaluation) Essential Topics for Project Management I (Stakeholders and Scope Management) Project Management Tools and Techniques I (Project Time and Cost Management) Knowledge Areas for Project Management I (Project Quality Management) Management Skills (Management Skills for Project Managers) 1. Costa Rica: The Curriculum, in its classroom attendance version, was approved by the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP, for its acronym in Spanish, is the National Council of Private Superior University Education) in Session N , and the virtual version was approved in Session N Mexico: Incorporated into the Mexican National Educational System, with Recognition of Official Validity of Superior Federal and State Studies, granted by the Secretaría de Educación Pública de México (SEP, for its acronym in Spanish, is the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education), in Quintana Roo, through Accordance N MA. Study Plan Our Master s Program comprises four modules with three courses. Each course has a duration of five weeks. Knowledge Areas for Project Management II (Human Resources and Communications Management) Knowledge Areas for Project Management III (Project Risk Management) Project Management Tools and Techniques II (Project Procurement Management) Essential Topics for Project Management II (Corporate Social Responsibility) Degree and Graduation Seminar (Integration and preparation for Degree Written Test (Blended modality, in Spanish) Integration and preparation for Final Graduation Project (virtual modality, in Spanish and in English).
16 GSPM System 16 At the Global School of Project Management, we offer integral educational processes that also include training courses for companies, complementary programs for developing the professional project leader, updating chats, and forums. In the listing below, we present some of our complementary courses and programs (in brackets: language for lessons and mode of delivery). However, we also offer the possibility to provide courses tailored to the needs of the organization that may so require. Contact us for more information (see Contact at the end of the document): Technical Program in Project Management (Spanish, Virtual). Preparation course for taking PMI s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam (Classroom). Preparation course for taking PMI s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification exam (Classroom). Basic Accounting Course for Project Management (Spanish, On-line (Virtual)). Basic Finance Course for Project Management (Spanish, On-line (Virtual)). MS Project Basic and Advanced Courses (Spanish, On-line (Virtual)). Open Project Basic and Advanced Courses (Spanish, On-line (Virtual)). Areas and Processes in Project Management course (Spanish, Semi-classroom attendance). Applied Concepts in Project Management, courses I and II (Spanish, On-line (Virtual) or Semi-classroom). Integral Management of Development Projects program (Spanish, On-line (Virtual)).
17 17 Updating conference cycle Chats and conferences The School has various proposals for updating and continuous improvement, in order to provide our community of students and alumni with valuable complements to formal education, through cycles of chats, forums, and training activities. During the year, GSPM offers lecture circuits on a variety of themes, updating of PMI standards, and general topics on Project Management. Project Manager s Day Once a year, we celebrate Project Manager s Day. The School opens a space for on-line (virtual) conferences and offers recognition to the best graduation projects, the best professors, and the two highest scores in the final grade exams. GSPM Day To celebrate the commemoration of the recognition granted by the Costa Rican National Council of Private Superior University Education (CONESUP, for its acronym in Spanish), we hold a cycle of forums, activities, celebrations and recognitions to all participants who wear the insignia of GSPM in global projects.
18 18 Industrial Engineer. Member of the Green Project Management Executive Consortium. Senior Advisor for the GPM Certification for South America and Spain. Independent consultant in Project Management. Mónica González MBA, PMP, GPM (Argentina) Alejandro Paredes MAP, PhD, PMP (Honduras) Economist. Expert project management trainer. Consultant. Executive Director of Project METAS-USAID/ EDC (Education Development Center). Faculty Sophia Crawford, MAP, PMP (Costa Rica) Eduard Müller, MSc, PhD (Costa Rica) Veterinarian. Founder and Rector of the University for International Cooperation. Vice-President of the World Commission on Protected Areas - IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) for the Central American Region. President of the Biodiversity Partnership of Mesoamerica (BPM). Hotel Management Graduate. Expert leader in global projects and trainer in the Hewlett Packard Vendor Management Team. Henrique Moura PMP, RMP, ACP (Portugal) Economist. Expert project management trainer. Consultant. PMI Volunteer. General Manager at Consultora XPM. Civil Engineer. Dean of the Global School of Project Management (GSPM) at the University for International Cooperation. Civil Engineer. Manager of the Global School of Project Management (GSPM) at the University for International Cooperation. Bolívar Solórzano MSCE, MSM, PMP (Costa Rica) Ramiro Fonseca, MAE (Costa Rica)
19 19 Responsible for planning, control, organization and direction of oil and energy projects at CNPC International Ltd. Project analyst and manager at DONG Energy, Copenhagen, Denmark. Rodolfo Argüello MAP, PMP (Costa Rica) Julia (Wang-Tin) Chiang BA, MAP (Taiwan) Project Manager for Information Technology projects in Central America. Former President of Costa Rican Chapter, PMI. Juan Carlos Quintero MAP, PMP (Colombia) SAP projects and programs consultant. Certified PMP, ITIL, ISO Elena Guravova MAP (Russia) Carlos Brenes MAP, PMP (Costa Rica) GSPM Alumni Vice-President in charge of the Projects Department at GIC Ingeniería, responsible for project management and the direction of multidisciplinary teams.
20 20 How to apply? 1. Go to 2. Click on YO PROYECTO/I PROJECT, according to your language of preference. 3. Fill in the on-line application that you will find on this web site (http://www.uci.ac.cr/admision/ form/). If you need any help for completing the application, please contact one of our admissions 4. Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted by our Global Admissions Office.
22 22 Investment and scholarships plans Master in Project Management The University for International Cooperation offers financial assistance to students who, through the Global Admissions Office, prove to be eligible as recipients of scholarship funds. For information on methods of payment or the amount of investment for the programs, please go to com, or contact a Professional Development Advisor (see Contact at the end of the document).
23 23 CONTACT Global School of Project Management University for International Cooperation Costa Rica (506) Barrio Escalante, San José For more information, please contact our Global Admissions Office at: