Last year a collaboration agreement was signed between the specialist graduate study of Project Management and the Project Management Institute Chapter Croatia (PMI), which enabled this study to receive support from another renowned project management organisation, while students were given the opportunity to create networks, expand their knowledge and learn from the best in this profession.
The PMI Chapter Croatia is a volunteer non-profit professional organisation which promotes development and improvement of project management in Croatia. The umbrella organisation PMI has 260 local chapters worldwide and more than 450,000 members. The Chapter Croatia was founded in 2004.
The agreement stipulates that both sides are bound to promote partnership and project management as a profession which includes a set of skills and knowledge. The first step of collaboration was achieved through the 11th PMI forum, where our study of Project Management had a status of a friend, while our students had the chance to take part in organising the event.
Furthermore, the gathering of the PMI members and the students of Project Management held on a monthly basis at the UAS marked the next step of collaboration, which took place on March 26, 2018. At the beginning of the event, the meeting was greeted by senior lecturer Zlatko Barilović, univ. spec. oec, Deputy Head of the study programme Project Management and college professor Ana Skledar Marijević, PhD, Assistant Dean (on behalf of the UAS Baltazar Zaprešić) and Mr. Stanislav Strešnjak (the acting president of the PMI Chapter Croatia). After the opening talks, a series of lectures were given by the students of Project Management, professors and the representatives of the PMI Chapter Croatia.
The lecturers and their topics are listed here:
- Tomica Madjerčić (SEHA league): Project management in organizing sporting events
- College professor Ernest Vlačić, PhD (UAS Baltazar Zaprešić and Novamina Innovative Technology Center): Innovation strategies – the world of small- and medium-sized players
- Ivan Reis (The Šenoa House): The Šenoa House – introducing the family project
- Gordan Krčelić (PMI Chapter Croatia): Waterfall vs Agile vs Six Sigma and the introduction to Six Sigma + Lean
After these interesting lectures were given, the members of the PMI Chapter Croatia, our students and professors had an opportunity to socialize. Possible next steps of collaboration between two partner institutions were identified, and the members of the PMI Chapter Croatia invited the students to the forthcoming PMI dayz, soon to be held in Osijek.