June 29, 2020 - The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS), Division of Programs in Business continues to provide value-driven points of contact for potential and incoming students during this unprecedented time. The MS in Project Management (MSPM) program in particular has launched a ‘Faculty Webinar Series” which has been well received and appreciated by our current and future MSPM graduate students. Our inaugural event, which highlighted the industry knowledge of Management Information Systems, was led by Clinical Assistant Professor Edward Kleinert. During this session, Professors Kleinert, Michael Shum, and Zuleika Cuevas provided their insights about the program through the lens of current industry needs.
The second event of the series took place on June 25, 2020 and focused on the very important and timely topic of how leaders and project managers are adapting to the new reality of virtual work.” Moderated by Negar Farakish, EdD, the executive director of Academic Affairs and clinical assistant professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies—Division of Programs in Business, the event featured adjunct faculty member Moshe Rasis, who offered his insights on the topic. Relying on his industry expertise as a certified executive coach and management consultant with over 20 years of experience with fortune 100 companies, Rasis noted that “this new normal of working virtually has a huge impact on many people in terms of morale, uncertainty and fears about the future unknowns.” Rasis also highlighted how organizations have had to reassess their priorities and how quickly he and his faculty colleagues were able to incorporate these examples into their current classes. He stated, “Even before we transitioned to a virtual learning environment as a university, we started incorporating examples related to the pandemic and simulations so that students have a better understanding of what their response would be if they were currently leading a large-scale project.”
Attendees, prospective, newly enrolled, and current students, participated virtually from several US states as well as global locations in Canada, Turkey, India, China, Japan, Vietnam, and Nigeria. According to Farakish, “These events give us an opportunity to virtually connect with our incoming global cohort, while reassuring them that NYUSPS and the MSPM program are prepared to provide direct access to industry thought leaders and premier academic experiences in several flexible modalities.”
Having launched in Fall 2015, the MSPM program has grown exponentially and currently serves over 200 students. With its STEM designation, Project Management Institute(PMI) Global Accreditation, and fully online asynchronous option, the program is primed to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners both domestically as well as internationally.
[Photo caption - Clockwise from top left Assistant Director of Advising Andy Chae; Negar Farakish, EdD; Professor Moshe Rasis, and MSPM Associate Director Paul Goncalves, answer participants' questions during the most recent "Meet the Faculty" MS in Project Management Webinar.]