A POST-GRADUATE EUROPEAN MASTER PROGRAMME
FOR PROCUREMENT PROFESSIONALS AROUND THE GLOBE
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For a new culture of public administration
Excellence, Know-how and values
The International Master in Public Procurement Management is a full time, advanced, postgraduate Master Programme organised by the Department of Economy and Finance, together with the Departments of Law and Industrial Engineering of Tor Vergata University in Rome, Italy.
The programme is characterized by its interdisciplinary content and it is meant to attract public purchasers with relevant experience in procurement as well as young students interested in preparing for a career in public procurement.
The Master run from March to July with classroom lectures followed by distance learning and a mandatory, professional internship in a company or institution which can be in Italy, in the student’s home country or elsewhere. During the classroom period, lectures and advanced level training activities will be part of the programme. Moreover, the professional staff of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Procurement Department will also be involved in the teaching activities, thus prestigiously contributing to the practical orientation of the programme.
Classes are all taught in English, therefore language proficiency is required to successfully attend the courses and to actively participate in all the learning activities.
THE BENEFITS OF IMPPM
This programme offers professional procurement specialists the opportunity to improve their skills and upgrade their competences to keep pace with the fast changing field of procurement and subsequently bring the direct improvements and benefits to the public and private companies and institutions that they represent. It is a challenging programme which utilises an international approach to procurement where environmental, ethical, strategic and legal issues are thoroughly examined on a global level. The field of procurement is predicted to grow significantly in the near future, hence professional opportunities in private and public agencies will open for specialists such as negotiators, contracting officer and contract administrators who have had high level training in procurement issues.
Students of this programme will directly improve their ability to:
- decipher and utilise competitive supply strategies
- improve strategic outsourcing
- create innovative supplier pricing models
- efficiently assess potential suppliers
- capitalise on e-procurement instruments
- reduce company costs while improving product quality
- encourage ethical behaviour through the use of best practice principles and transparency
Gustavo Piga, Master Director, Tor Vergata University of RomeGustavo Piga, Master Director, Tor Vergata University of Rome: Applicants will find at Tor Vergata an engaging environment with an international dimension added to it, in the context of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The intensity of the program and the live-in experience in the university campus will allow students to work in team, learn from each other’s background and engage in lively professional debates around public procurement, adding an essential human touch to the quality of the overall period of studies.
Jan Jackholt, Director of Procurement, European Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentJan Jackholt, Director of Procurement, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development: You may wonder why a Bank, albeit a Development Bank, is interested in having a foothold in the academic world. Well, investment is not only about equity or loans but investment in people that can help to develop their countries. An investment project may deliver a power station or a road that will resolve an immediate need but investment in people will bring benefits that are sustainable over generations to come.
Daniel Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, George Washington University Law SchoolDaniel Gordon, Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program, George Washington University Law School: Tor Vergata's Master's in Public Procurement Management has the great virtue of focusing on the real world, so that it provides practical education aimed, not at ivory-tower academic concerns, but at the need to improve public procurement.
Caroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer International Trade Law Division, UNCITRALCaroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer International Trade Law Division, UNCITRAL: Managing public procurement involves so much more than learning the rules. This Master's course in Public Procurement Management will enable the students to improve procurement systems where it counts - when making procurement decisions on the ground.
Bojan Gavrilović, Student from Serbia, IMPPM 4th EditionBojan Gavrilović, Student from Serbia, IMPPM 4th Edition: If there is one thing about IMPPM that makes it different from other courses out there is that it gives you the best of both worlds – theory and practice in public procurement. It teaches you how to do public procurement better, how to do it smarter and how to do more about it. I have had the pleasure of listening to International lecturers and practitioners, who have presented my class mates and myself the contemporary issues facing the profession and provided us the forum to try to find possible solutions together. However, maybe more importantly, the people I lived for those spring months in Rome helped me grow most, both professionally and personally, which is why I would recommend IMPPM to anyone seeking to do more and be more in public procurement.
Giulia Di Pierro, Italy, Tutor of IMPPM 2nd EditionGiulia Di Pierro, Italy, Tutor of IMPPM 2nd Edition: The IMPPM was an incredible learning and human experience for me. I strongly believe that this master programme is unique in its organization and interdisciplinarity of courses, as the main issues of public procurement are analyzed from the economic, legal, ethical, strategic and managerial perspectives, according to the highest professional and academic standards of lectures, in a perfect mix of theory and practice. The international dimension and heterogeneity of the class in terms of nationalities, cultures, backgrounds gave also a notable added value to this edition of the master, where sharing of best practices, opinions and experiences was always encouraged. Thanks to this Master, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people, and those " colleagues" that I met the very first day has now become very close friends and, hopefully, professional partners in the future. I would recommend this Master to whoever is willing to have a closer insight of public procurement, studying in a multicultural and challenging environment, within the beautiful scenario of the Eternal city of Rome.
Marko Jeremić, Student from Serbia, IMPPM 2nd EditionMarko Jeremić, Student from Serbia, IMPPM 2nd Edition: International Master in Public Procurement Management 2014 at Tor Vergata University of Rome has given an excellent opportunity to gain multidisciplinary knowledge in public procurement and related subjects to a group of over 30 students. Knowledge, experience, expertise, and above all selfless dedication of academic staff greatly contributed to added value that each of us can bring home to our working environment, allowing us also to set new goals in our professional lives. As much as this has been beneficial to our careers, even more so it has been a truly pleasurable human experience. Meeting people from so many different parts of the world, and ending up enjoying in every day that we spent together, whether it was going to classes, studying in campus or just sightseeing Rome and other beautiful cities in Italy has made me a wealthier person. I shall take wonderful memories from this programme and I would recommend it to everyone.
Heba Al Mohtaseb, Student from Jordan, IMPPM 2nd EditionHeba Al Mohtaseb, Student from Jordan, IMPPM 2nd Edition: I consider myself a very lucky woman to have the opportunity to participate in IMPPM master program for improving myself and my knowledge despite my work and social responsibilities as a married woman, but I really realized how much this master is unique with little similarities throughout the world that encouraged me to be in. Through this experience, we were able to meet with experts in public procurement from all over the world and we discussed a lot of aspects and challenges in this growing field. I went back home carrying all this knowledge and self-confidence which will be a cornerstone in improving my output quality as a procurement officer. Thanks to all contributors in this master for making it possible and successful.
Branimir Blagojevic, Student from Serbia, IMPPM 1st EditionBranimir Blagojevic, Student from Serbia, IMPPM 1st Edition : The International Master in Public Procurement is a result of stackeholder's vision that will help to "grease the wheel" of sustainable development and efficient procurement in student countries. It gave a chance to all of us with different cultures, religions and habits to quickly become like one, sharing ideas and creativity, and, with a great help of qualified teachers, an opportunity to reach our professional goals. But is wasn't just about knowledge, it was about new friends, professional and friendly university staff, and finally, about a chance to live a student life once again and to live it in the Eternal City of Rome.
Biancamaria Raganelli, Professor of Administrative Law University of Rome Tor VergataBiancamaria Raganelli, Professor of Administrative Law University of Rome Tor Vergata: An interdisciplinary approach to Public Procurement as an instrument to ensure the achievement of public goals as well as an better use of public funds.
Vittorio Cesarotti, Professor of Operations Management, University of Rome Tor VergataVittorio Cesarotti, Professor of Operations Management, University of Rome Tor Vergata: As a consequence of the global crisis, public administrations are required to become more efficient and effective in all their activities. Procurement is one of the areas with the greatest potential for improvement but also one of the most complex to improve, due to the multiple skills required and the difficulty of working within strict legislation constraints. Thanks to its intrinsic multidisciplinary approach, its innovative structure and its leading edge content, the Master in Public Procurement Management can valuably support this journey towards a new, efficient, competence-based and innovative public administration.
Makar Ghambaryan, Student from Armenia, IMPPM 1st EditionMakar Ghambaryan, Student from Armenia, IMPPM 1st Edition: There are only a few universities that provide higher education in public expenditure management and particularly in public procurement management. One of these educational institutions is University of Rome Tor Vergata, where I had the opportunity to become a student of the newly launched master's program in Public Procurement Management. Thus, I would like to highlight three important points that were complementary and consistent with each other in this course: (1) presentations of theory by distinguished professors; (2) sharing of knowledge by top-flight professionals from the 'procurement world' (e.g. WTO, UNCITRAL, EBRD, Consip, etc.); (3) selected students with diverse backgrounds related to procurement. Owing to these features of the course, I was able to structure and deepen my knowledge in public procurement and supply chain management. In the meantime, I extended my professional network and made new friends for lifetime.
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