Gedeth Network played host to Sydney University this week organising the Madrid leg of an international study tour for its Project Management Program.
The tour enabled post-graduate students in its Master’s program to add an international perspective to their studies by travelling to Madrid and Lisbon for meetings. Over two days the Director of the program and the students attended meetings with various Madrid-based organisations to discuss their approaches to the management of projects. They visited AECOM, Airbus, the Ministerio de Fomento (Ministry for Public Works & Transport) and Olympic Broadcasting Services.
As a project-based organisation with qualified project managers, Gedeth was able to select companies with operations that reflected both the trends occurring within the project management domain, as well as the individual interests of the students. The topics discussed included approaches to leadership, application of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and comparisons of best-practice promoted by the Project Management Institute vs the reality of operating within the complex and global context of Europe today.
The group also met with Professors of the MBA and Project Management specialisations at the ESDEN Business School to compare thoughts on the education the discipline in Spain and Australia.
Attending the tour were Professor Lynn Crawford, Director of the Project Management Program at The University of Sydney, Ken Cameron, a Quality and Compliance specialist and Holly Crawford, triple Olympian in the snowboard Halfpipe.
In Lisbon the group attended a GAPPS (Global Alliance for the Project Professions) Thought Leadership Forum hosted by Autónoma University and the Portuguese project management association APOGEP, to discuss the development and application of Standards for the project professions.
The students have shared more details of their experience on their blog.