Master in International Cooperation Projects

Program Presentation

International Cooperation involves the relation of two or more organizations with the intention to exchange knowledge, and to transfer techniques and technology, skills or experiences, with the goal of collaborating in the search for mutually beneficial solutions.

This essential spirit and presence of international cooperation has increased in today's society, especially in the socio-political, economic and organizational sectors. The increase in attention and concern from local and international organizations, both public and private has converted governments, multinational and local NGOs, and foundations into agents of international cooperation. It is now a scenario that requires greater effort in order to professionalize the sector so that social and ethical commitments are recognized in projects that intend to reduce inequalities in today's society.

The Master of Project Design, Management and Administration for International Cooperation supports this commitment by defining international cooperation as the set of resources and competencies needed by key players to advance in social, economic and organizational growth, and requested of other key players who have the knowhow and are willing to make it available to others. In order to accomplish this goal, Cooperation Projects that generate mutually beneficial solutions, are necessary.

The Master of Project Design, Management and Administration for International Cooperation arises from the demand for professionalism in the industry with a vision of international cooperation that enhances the importance of projects as a device that provides design solutions with a systemic, comprehensive and overall view. At the same time, they manage and orchestrate resources and possibilities that enable socio-economic and organizational benefits for all of the organizations involved.

The Master of Project Design, Management and Administration for International Cooperation is a balanced and unique program that ranges from a general context and cooperation theory, to organizational, financial, economic and human relations aspects of international cooperation projects. It is seen from a unique dual approach that favors, on the one hand, the integral nature of projects in the design, management and administration phases, and on the other hand, the support and dependence on ICT as well as on cooperative and collaborativel models and management.

Who is the programme for?

The Master in International Cooperation Design, Operation and Project Management is designed for people, with or without experience in the field, interested in international cooperation,. It is for qualified technicians who are directly responsible for or indirectly related to International Cooperation.

Rigorous methodology in international cooperation used in the Master’s program prepares people to serve in positions related to cooperation in general. For this reason, it is expected that interested candidates should be motivated to become executives at companies, NGO’s, governments, foundations and cooperation agencies, not excluding national and international companies or private organizations that also develop, or are interested in developing cooperation activities. In addition, those interested should also be motivated by freelance consulting for international cooperation projects.

Diploma

Upon the successful completion of the program, the student will receive a diploma issued by the University where they enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated length of the Master in International Cooperation Design, Operation and Project Management program is 900 hours (90 credits).

Regarding time distribution it states that:

  • Since it is a distance program and not subject to class attendance, there is no specific start date so, the student can enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
  • For academic reasons, the Program has a minimum duration of twenty one months.
  • The maximum time available to complete the Program is twenty four months. During this time, the student must have completed all assignments, as well as the Final Project.

The credit structure for the Master in International Cooperation Design, Operation and Project Management is shown in the following table. It should be noted that the term is merely indicative, since the methodology combines knowledge and skills acquired in each part, through integrated exercises of knowledge acquisition and internalization of good practices for international cooperation projects:

  CRÉDITOSa DURACIÓNb HORAS
1st Part: Design 27 7 270
2nd Part: Management 25 8 250
3rd Part: Administration 28 6 280
4th Part: Final Master Project or Thesis 10 3 100
TOTAL 90 24 900

a. LThe equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To train professionals committed to active participation in international cooperation with creative, executive and cooperative ideas suited to the design, management, and administration of international cooperation projects.

Specific objectives:

To provide tools, knowledge and skills for:

  • Mastering the process of designing international cooperation Project so as to answer questions such as: Is the conflict resolved? Is there a team able to manage and administer the action of cooperation? Do suitable conditions exist that can control the cooperation project? Do adequate conditions for cooperation exist? Is the project truly sustainable?
  • Mastering the management of an international cooperation Project, knowing on the one hand the theoretical aspects of development and cooperation within the system of international cooperation, and on the other hand managing all stages of management (including integration at the final stage). Incorporating the organizational use of tools such as a logical framework or those specific to the international standards of project management (PMI, IPMA and SAPE (AEIPRO).
  • Mastering the administration of an international cooperation project through the use of ICT, and tools for administrative and people management using a cooperative, collaborative, ethical and responsible approach.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities for the Master in International Cooperation Design, Operation and Project Management are:

  • International Cooperation Managers, Directors and technicians.
  • Directors of international cooperation operations.
  • International cooperation project consultants and advisors.
  • International cooperation project managers.
  • International cooperation researchers.

Study Plan

The Master in International Cooperation Design, Operation and Project Management program has a curricular structure based on 4 parts:

  • 1st Part: Design (270 hours)

The first part of Project Design introduces methods to generate and efficiently manage the design and evaluation of the knowledge generated through the project.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the first part are shown in the following table:

SUBJECTS HOURS
Introduction to projects 20
Project systems design 30
Analysis of provision of services 30
Functional analysis of project 30
Project ergonomics 30
Project security and reliability 30
Environment in the project 30
Project specifications 30
Draft project proposal 40
TOTAL 270

These subjects, despite being independent from each other, are structured according to a consistent pedagogical sequence that facilitates their understanding from simple to increasing complexity. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, directly related to one or more practical exercises that include theoretical material support and individual attention from the tutor. Because the projects are carried out in stages, corrections are allowed throughout the process, which means that subjects cannot be approved until the module is complete.

  • 2nd Part: Management (250 hours)

The second part of the component develops all managerial areas of International Cooperation Project Management and its scope. It is intended to give an in-depth and comprehensive vision of all possible subjects implicated in starting an international cooperation project, with a focus on finding and producing a solution that is beneficial to all participants regardless of its type and purpose. It is also intended to inform students about tools that currently exist on the market to gain access to the knowledge needed to meet the formative standards established by the IPMA, SAPE (AEIPRO) and PMI.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the second part are shown in the following table:

SUBJECTS HOURS
Introduction to project management 10
Project planning and management 40
International cooperation system 20
Project monitoring and control 30
Project evaluation 30
Trust management: risk and quality 30
Logical Framework 30
Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 40
Project communication 20
TOTAL 250

These subjects, despite being independent from each other, are self-contained and structured according to a consistent pedagogical sequence. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material to be studied in order to satisfactorily answer the tests.

  • 3rd Part: Management (250 hours)

The third part, Project Administration develop topics exclusively related to the activity of international cooperation project management by the international cooperation Project Administrator, highlighting responsibilities and competencies in each area, covering major phases and project tasks, some of which entail management itself (initiation, planning and design, implementation and monitoring, and closure and post-mortem) and others of a strategic nature, designed to cover topics of project programs or portfolios.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the third part are shown in the following table:

SUBJECTS HOURS
Collaborative work virtual environments 20
Management without distances 20
Public presentation techniques 20
Collaboration and Development Theory 50
Strategic management and planning 40
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Techniques 30
Management Techniques for Work Teams 30
Financial Management 40
Resolution/Transformation of Conflict in the Community 30
TOTAL 280

These subjects, despite being independent from each other, are self-contained and structured according to a consistent pedagogical sequence. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material to be studied in order to satisfactorily answer the tests.

  • 4th Part: Final Master Project (100 hours)

Due to the nature of the method, the Final Project is the natural extension of a Project carried out by the student throughout the Master in International Cooperation Design, Administration and Project Management program. The Final Project, with a workload of 100 hours, is intended to present a fully project, with the possibility of its practical implementation, according to the guidelines and details of the proposal.

# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Final Master Project 100

Management

  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Master in Project Management and Design, from the Milan Polytechnic, Italy. Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director at the Ibero-american University Foundations (FUNIBER) Argentina.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering. Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil engineer. Expert in international cooperation projects. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master in Environmental Engineering and Technology. Industrial Engineer.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dra. Izol Marez. Doctor in Architecture. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dra. María Sol Quiroga. Doctor in Project Engineering: environment, quality, safety and communication. Architect Director, Urban Environment Management, National University of Lanus, Argentina.
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Doctor in Integration and Economic and Territorial Development. Architect. Associate Professor of Urban Environmental Management, National University of Lanus, Argentina.
  • Dra. Martha Velasco. Doctor in Innovation Technology Projects, Project Management Specialist, Master in Administrative and Industrial Engineer Sciences. Researcher in Sustainable Development and Social Commitment. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention, Research Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico.
  • Dr. Arturo Ortega.Doctor in Electronic Engineering. Telecommunications Engineer. FUNIBER I D i Director.
  • Dr. Benjamín Otto Ortega Morales. . Doctor in Science with specialty in Microbiology. General Director of Post graduate Studies and Research at the Autonomous University of Campeche.
  • Dr. Fermín Ferriol Sánchez. Doctor of Educational Sciences from the University of Havana. Professor of Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo Fuenzalida. Doctor in Exercise Sciences. Professor at the University of Saint Thomas. Santiago, Chile.
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Industrial Engineer.
  • Dra. Brenda Bravo. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Victor Jiménez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Héctor Solano. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dra. Izel Márez. Doctor in Project Engineering. Master in Environmental Management and Audits.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master in Project Management and design from the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director at the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) Argentina.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Design expert in international cooperation projects. Professor Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctor in Project Engineering: Specialist in International Cooperation Projects.
  • Dra. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil Industrial Engineer Head of Projects at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Chile.
  • Dr. José Rodríguez. Doctor in Civil Engineering. Civil engineer. Head of the Environmental Management at FUNIBER Peru.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades. Doctor in Chemical Engineering. Project Engineering Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dra. Margarita González. Doctor in Chemical Engineering. Project Engineering Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr. Manuel Castejón Limas. Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Aerospace Department at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr (c). Gregorio Urriola. Professor at the University of the Americas in Panama. Expert in International Cooperation.
  • Dr (c) Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Bachelor in Environmental Management. Master in Integrated Management: Prevention, Quality and Environment.
  • Dr (c). Diego Kurtz. Master in Engineering and Knowledge Management.
  • Dr (c) Marcelino Diez. Specialist and Master in Project Management. Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional.
  • Dr (c) Nelson Yepes. Industrial Engineer. Specialist in Financial Management and a Master in Design, Management and Project Administration and Foreign Trade consultant.
  • Dra (c) Silvana Marín Garat: Economist. Master in Sustainable Development. Professional experience in foreign Project business development.
  • Dr (c) Pablo Urquizó: Computer engineer. Master in ICT Strategic Management. Experience as Director and Consultant of Computers and Information Technology, Systems Design and Webmaster.
  • Dr (c) Santiago Brie: Education. Bachelor of Urban Environmental Management. Master in Design, Management and Project Administration. Professor at the National University of Lanus. Argentina.
  • Dr (c) Jhonny Espinosa Bryson: Mechanical Engineer and Master in Design, Management and Project Administration. Consultant in strategic project management.

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