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Shell selects Cranfield as partner in global programme
Royal Dutch Shell plc has appointed Cranfield School of Management as one of four university learning partners for its global Project Academy.
Shell Project Academy is a development programme for Shell’s project practitioners.
The programme includes learning events, assessment and accreditation, coaching and mentoring services, an online knowledge network, project community events, and work experience opportunities.
Cranfield School of Management is the UK partner for the initiative that brings Cranfield together with Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), The University of Texas at Austin/McCombs School of Business (USA) and Queensland University of Technology (Australia).
In 2006, approximately 1000 Shell staff are expected to participate in 40 Project Academy learning events, covering 19 learning modules.
Shell chief executive Jeroen van der Veer said: "These appointments are an important milestone for Shell Project Academy. It is one of a series of actions we are taking to achieve consistent project preparation and execution across our capital investment programme, which is $19 billion in 2006. Our university learning partners will complement Shell’s internal project management expertise with leading-edge external practices and research.
"The Shell Project Academy is a long-term investment that will help us attract, develop and retain the industry’s best project practitioners. There are significant benefits for individuals, the projects they work on, and our overall business."
Bill Shedden, director of Cranfield’s Centre for Customised Executive Development, said the Shell Project Academy learning programme was unparalleled anywhere in the industry in quality and scope, and demonstrated Shell`s commitment to the highest standards of project performance.
"We are delighted to be part of this unique, global initiative which will see Cranfield delivering its expertise alongside other universities with complementary specialisms. As a consortium, the four institutions will be able to deliver a comprehensive, global programme for Shell catering for all levels of project management capability."
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