Media Release

Texas A&M University is the first U.S. college to launch GPM and IPMA centered project management program

October 4th, 2021, Detroit, U.S. & College Station, T.X.: For the first time in the U.S., undergraduate and graduate level projectTAM MAYS management programs will include key elements for project management competence and sustainability through a collaboration with several colleges within Texas A&M University, with International Project Management Association in the United States (IPMA-USA) and Green Project Management (GPM).

Texas A&M University ranks No. 17 among the nation’s best public universities, and No. 10 among best schools in the South, according to Forbes magazine’s 2021 top U.S. colleges and universities listings.  As of 2020, it has the second largest student body in the United States with approximately 70,000 students. The management program within Mays Business School at Texas A&M ranks #7 in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s specialty program rankings. The Texas A&M Energy Institute pursues and supports new approaches for multi-disciplinary energy research, education and external partnerships. These approaches cross departmental and college boundaries and address all facets of the energy landscape that naturally connect engineering, sciences, technologies, economics, law and policy decisions. The project management offerings within both these programs will expand for the 2021 – 2022 academic year to emphasize mindsets around global thinking and sustainability

IPMA, the world’s oldest Project Management Association with over 70 member countries, works to advance project management competence through a wide range of volunteer driven initiatives and services. GPM is the global leader in sustainable project practice. GPM is a grassroots professional development organization that, in just 12 years, has standards and services in 12 languages and over 100 countries.  The two organizations have collaborated on sustainability in project management since 2015.

Driving Sustainable Change smBoth Mays Business School and Energy Institute will adopt the “Individual Competence Baseline” model from IPMA as part of the core curriculum in project management and support the Young Crew, which is comprised of project managers 35 and under. In addition, students will learn GPM’s P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management and PRiSM Methodology as part of the project management curriculum.

GPM’s Founder, Dr. Joel Carboni, stated that “Providing the IPMA Competence model with GPM approach is a complete solution and one that has worked very well in other countries. We are excited to see this relationship flourish here in the United States with Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.”

Dr. Michael Pace, Executive Assistant Professor with Mays Business School and Faculty Affiliate of the Energy Institute, stated, “We’re passionate about providing our students with unique approaches that are applicable in the real-world.  Partnering with IPMA-USA and GPM allows us the opportunity to teach one approach that helps with the complexity of project management while also emphasizing the bigger-picture impacts, like that of environment, social, and governance (ESG).”