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ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 22, 2006

UMT's President, Dr. Yanping Chen, announced that UMT and the Project Management Institute (PMI) Information Technology and Telecommunications (IT & Telecom) Specific Interest Group (SIG), have established the first UMT-PMI component scholarship program – UMT-PMI IT & Telecom SIG Scholarship.

With the growth of the PMI community, about 300 components have been formed over the years. PMI components include local chapters, specific interest groups and colleges. In recent years, a number of the PMI chapters started to offer scholarships where chapter members receive funding to take project management training courses from training companies. As a university and a long-time PMI Global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), UMT recognizes the importance and the needs of continuing project management education among the PMI members.

To further promote education in project management, UMT and the IT & Telecom SIG cooperated to offer a scholarship program for IT & Telecom SIG members. UMT offers the scholarship recipients 60 PDUs worth of project management courses whose dollar value is $2,000 per recipient. Recipients can select courses that meet their professional development needs from UMT's training or academic offerings (please go to http://pmsuite.umtweb.edu for a list of courses).

The UMT-IT & Telecom SIG scholarship is offered twice a year to qualified IT & Telecom SIG members. The application for the first scholarship must be received by May 30 each year for the Spring scholarship and by October 30 for the Autumn scholarship. For more information on the conditions and requirements for winning a scholarship, contact Mr. Nagesh Lingegowda, PMP, Manager of UMT-IT & Telecom Scholarship Program at umt-mgr@pmi-ittelecom.org or view the IT&Telecom SIG website atwww.pmi-ittelecom.org.

“UMT continues to work with other PMI components to offer similar scholarship programs in project management in order to provide more opportunities for PMI members to advance their education.” says Ms. Lele Wang, UMT-PMI Components Scholarship Program Manager.

About the Information Technology and Telecommunications SIG

The PMI IT & Telecom SIG is a component of the Project Management Institute dedicated to project managers in the Information Technology and Telecommunications fields. The SIG is committed to establishing mutually beneficial and ongoing relationships with industry, academia and professional organizations, leading and facilitating the development and exchange of relevant knowledge and tools, and fostering a community which enables mentoring, networking, career advancement and camaraderie.

Contact Information: Vasilj Petrovic, VP Professional Development, PMI - Information Technology and Telecommunications, vp-profdevelopment@pmi-ittelecom.org

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