MPI Opens Global Training Centers

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has opened three new Global Training Centers for Meetings and Business Events, it announced yesterday. Part of the MPI Global Knowledge Plan — MPI's professional development plan for the global meetings industry — the training centers are located in San Diego, France and Qatar, and are the first of 14 that are planned for the next two years.

MPI's Global Training Centers will be located at universities that already offer meeting and event management courses — San Diego State University, France's CERAM Business School and QMDI in Qatar — so that faculty and local professionals can collaborate in order to develop and deliver educational content pertinent to the meetings and events industry.

"MPI recognized a need for a standardized body of knowledge that will enable meeting and event professionals to obtain globally transferable skills and competencies," MPI Chief Development Officer Didier Scaillet said in a statement. "Along with this development, we witnessed an increased interest in globally transferable and recognized certificate and certification programs and designations. These partners will form a strong and collaborative network supporting these education and research needs in our industry."

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