The Quasar Project Management Olympics can be considered international as participants will include 1,011 students from 124 universities from Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus and Kirghizia.
"The Olympics got a record high number of applications," said the Deputy Chair of the organizational committee of the Olympics Maria Polkovnikova. "Initially we wanted to get 100 teams (some 300 students). But we were quite surprised and thrilled when we got over 1,000 applications. This means that project management is a popular topic among the youth and that potential project managers show significant activity and interest in the subject. The students admit their interest stems from the shortage of this kind of events, especially in the on-line format that erases borders and distances. We think it's important to find and support talented students at a time when they are just setting out on their career path. It's a great opportunity for senior students to put their project management knowledge and skills to the test and figure out where they need to go next."
The competition is in full swing. On March 24, an educational webinar was held for all the registered participants about the fundamentals of project management and how to use the PM Standard system of assessment and development of project management competencies, the system that all the competitions are based on. On March 28, the qualifications stage will take place in 49 Russian regions and 4 CIS countries, during which the students will be taking online tests. The full list of teams that passed to the second qualification stage has already been published on the official website of the Olympics.
The Olympics are organized by the autonomous non-profit organization Center of Assessment and Development of Project Management with the support of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation. The organizational committee of the Olympics is chaired by Head of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation Konstantin Noskov, and the jury includes leading project management experts in Russia as well as representatives of the partners of the event. The Olympics have become the part of the professional project management contest Project Olympus 2018. The finals will be held in Moscow at the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation on April 20 in the format of a business game called Maximum Speed, which results will determine the winners.
According to the organizers, the Olympics are supposed to serve as a social mobility elevator for the talented young Russians. The laureates are going to get basic level PM Standard certificates and badges and will also be entered into the registry of certified project management specialists, thus getting the opportunity to do internships at Russia's leading companies and personally meet the country's project management gurus.