Presidential Precinct Partners with UVA Darden on Online Project Management Course

22 February 2017

As part of its mission to provide education, collaboration and networking opportunities for emerging global leaders, the Presidential Precinct is announcing its first online training program in collaboration with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Through the pilot effort, the Presidential Precinct and Darden will provide scholarships to a special cohort of online learners to participate in the Darden massive open online course (MOOC) “Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management,” which is delivered through Coursera. This course is open for enrollment through 1 March to alumni of U.S. State Department or Global Ties U.S.-sponsored exchange programs who are also members of the Presidential Precinct Network.

“Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management” is an introductory course on the key concepts of planning and executing projects. Learners identify factors that lead to project success, and learn how to plan, analyze and manage projects. They are exposed to state-of-the-art methodologies and introduced to the challenges involved in various types of projects.

In addition to the online courses, the four-week course typically requires one to two hours per week of study.

“We are enthusiastic about this pilot effort with the Darden School of Business to provide ongoing online training and support for the next generation of global leaders,” said Neal Piper, executive director of the Presidential Precinct. “This initiative enables us to advance our mission of providing both a physical and virtual destination for critical thinking about the world’s most pressing challenges. We look forward to offering additional online courses curated by the other partner institutions in our consortium. Offering online training for program alumni enables these young leaders to continue to engage with top faculty and experts from these world class institutions, as well as to enrich course discussions with global perspectives.”

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About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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