In the framework of the postgraduate International Master in Public Procurement Management (IMPPM) at the University of Rome ToR Vergata (Italy), the Italian Association of Motorway and Tunnel Concessionaire Companies (AISCAT) has recently established a scholarship for the 2016 academic year. Candidates should have some experience in procurement and preferably be EU citizens in order to avoid delays due to visa issues. The Programme begins on 29 February and full time attendance in Rome is required until 5 July 2016.

Applications may be submitted here (deadline: 28 February 2016).
The main objective of the Master’s Programme is to raise the academic level and training of public procurement officials, from different backgrounds, in order for them to have the capacity to design and administer procurement solutions to complex strategic, managerial and organisational problems. Special emphasis is placed on professional capacity, ethics, transparency and accountability. Training takes the form of traditional class units for a total duration of four consecutive months, including traditional lectures and seminars covering specific procurement topics such as abnormally low tender prices, negotiations, IT, vendor rating, etc.

The participants will learn more about good procurement practices: strategic purchasing tools, international procurement law, PPP, ethical aspects involved in procurement activities, economic analysis of markets. The course will also offer important insights into specific aspects of the procurement function, such as abnormally low tender prices, negotiations, e‐procurement and vendor rating.
The IMPPM is jointly organised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the University of Rome ToR Vergata (Italy) and co-financed by the CEI Fund at the EBRD contributed by Italy and by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.