Abu Dhabi has established an academic body to improve project management skills as the emirate undergoes $690bn worth of major infrastructure projects.
The Emirates Project Management Academy (EPMA) will run accredited training courses, conferences, workshops and networking events and foster links between local and international firms in a bid to boost the emirate’s credentials in project management.
There are only 3145 certified project managers in the UAE and most emirates are planning significant development in the coming years, requiring more expertise.
The not-for-profit academy will be chaired by the chief executive of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Mohamed Al Hammadi, who is overseeing the construction of the UAE's new nuclear energy plants.
Al Hammadi said while the UAE had developed significantly in the past 40 years, some projects had been completed in an ad hoc manner and were either over budget, not to the expected quality or delayed.
The skills of project managers were required to ensure the ambitious plans on paper were successfully brought to fruition.
“With planned infrastructure developments across the country worth $690bn, the role of certified project managers in the UAE is critical to ensuring that projects are delivered in an efficient manner; to the highest standards of safety and quality, on time and within budget,” Al Hammadi said.
Only 35 percent of projects worldwide are delivered on time and within the original budget and scope, the academy's new CEO Talal Al Sadi said.
"Bringing the practice of project management to the region and establishing it across both educational and professional environments will deliver clear benefits for our nation and ensure that our leadership’s vision for growth can be met diligently and sustainably," Al Sadi said.
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