MIT Professional Education advances innovation through new certificate program

New offering to improve innovative practices of managers, entrepreneurs, and professionals worldwide.


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MIT Professional Education has announced a new Professional Certificate in Innovation and Technology. The certificate will offer insights from leading minds at MIT on different approaches to innovation.

This new credential is designed for working professionals across a wide variety of industries and provides participants the opportunity to tailor their experience based on industry, background, and interest. Renowned MIT faculty will emphasize innovation strategies from theory to implementation, providing research and experience-based knowledge from the front lines of global innovation. Certificate information can be found at: shortprograms.mit.edu/innovation.

Complementing MIT’s wide-reaching Innovation Initiative, the certificate program aims to empower and educate a new generation of global innovators. With insider perspective on innovation at MIT and around the world, the program will be of interest to leading professionals in engineering, health care, education, finance, and virtually every facet of the innovation ecosystem.

“Professionals in every discipline today know that innovation is key to their organization’s success, though few have the requisite understanding and expertise to effect innovative changes in an environment that is often change-resistant,” says Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education. “Through this new professional certificate, everyone from entrepreneurs to managers of large corporations will be able to leverage MIT’s expertise to expand their preparedness in fostering lasting innovation.”

Building on MIT’s prestigious reputation and innovative culture, MIT Professional Education is taking the next step in extending the Institute’s culture and expertise through the new certificate program consisting of courses two to five days in length.

As a world-leading university in science, engineering, technology and innovation, MIT also plays an integral role locally, as Kendall Square’s intersection of Vassar and Main Streets was recently named “the world’s most innovative ecosystem” by WIRED magazine. By immersing participants in this vibrant culture of innovation, and embracing MIT’s motto, “mens et manus” ("mind and hand"), this new certificate program combines both theoretical and research-based knowledge with practical hands-on experience. Networking opportunities will also be made available for certificate participants — for an impact that extends far beyond the classroom.

“The innovative atmosphere of MIT has spread rapidly over the years to impact the surrounding community, resulting in world-renowned organizations moving to Cambridge and the greater-Boston area,” says Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s vice president for open learning, dean of digital learning and faculty director of Radical Innovation. “For this reason and many others, global professionals continue to look to MIT as a resource that understands their needs and can provide innovative implementation strategies vital to their careers and employers."

Following completion of certificate requirements, participants will receive continuing education units (CEUs), a 15 percent discount on future MIT Professional Education courses, and membership to the exclusive MIT Professional Education LinkedIn group.

Registration is now open at the Professional Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology website.

MIT Professional Education has been providing a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge, and expertise for the past 65 years through advanced education programs designed specifically for working professionals worldwide who are engaged in the fields of technology and technology management. In addition to its Digital Programs, MIT Professional Education offers professionals the capability to take industry-focused one to five-day sessions on-campus through Short Programs, courses abroad through International Programs, enroll in regular MIT academic courses through the Advanced Study Program or attend Custom Programs designed specifically for corporate clients. Participants are drawn from across the U.S. and around the world, with about 50 percent coming from outside the U.S. Upon successful completion of a program, participants receive an MIT Professional Education certificate of completion and access to MIT Professional Education’s expansive, private professional alumni network, along with other program specific benefits.


Topics: MIT Professional Education, Innovation Initiative, Office of Digital Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), Kendall Square, Business and management

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