The opening ceremony of the eighth edition of the International Master in Public Procurement Management (IMPPM) was held in Rome, on 3 March. It was jointly organised by the Tor Vergata University together with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and was co-financed by the CEI Fund at the EBRD.
Given the COVID -19 emergency, the inauguration ceremony was attended in remote connection by the Rector of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Prof. Orazio Schillaci, the director of the Master Prof. Gustavo Piga, and by the director of the EBRD Procurement and Policy Department, Jan Jackolt.
A keynote speech was delivered by, CEO of International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), Nelson Ogunshakin and Counsellor, Andrea Barbaria, deputy head of the Adriatic and Balkans Unit, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The president of the Alumni association, Branimir Blagojevic was also present.
The ceremony inaugurated the 8th edition of the IMPPM, counting 24 students from Adzerbaijan, Afghanistan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Jordan, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Senegal, Serbia, and Uzbekistahn.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency the programme has been running remotely since 9 March and students have been attending lessons from the university campus.
The IMPPM is an advanced master’s course with a one year full time programmme organised by the Department of Economics and Finance of the Tor Vergata University. It is made up of organised in face-to-face lectures, distance learning and a mandatory internship.
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The programme is usually composed of an interdisciplinary content focused on procurement, including managerial, economic, legal, ethical and Information & Communication technology perspectives. The main objective of the International Master’s is to train students and public officials operating, or willing to operate, in the procurement sector in EBRD Countries of operation. The CEI Fund at the EBRD has been supporting the IMPPM since 2012.