MIT Professional Education Expands Short Programs Offering with Thirteen New Courses This Summer

March 22, 2016

MIT Professional Education Expands Short Programs Offering
with Thirteen New Courses This Summer

Short Programs to include courses ranging from global
 cultural communications to climate change to creative design via robotics

Cambridge, Mass. – March 22, 2016 – MIT Professional Education announced today the expansion of its summer Short Programs offerings with 13 new courses covering the latest trends and issues facing technical and non-technical professionals. Designed for professionals globally seeking the MIT educational experience in a condensed timeframe, Short Programs courses, one-to-five days in length, combine the latest MIT research with insights from the leading minds in industry, government and academia. Registration is now open at 

As part of 13 new courses being unveiled in 2016, MIT Professional Education is broadening its industry reach with courses such as: 

  • Culture Matters: Communicating Effectively in a Global Workplace (June 13-15) Develop communication skills that translate across borders by understanding how cultural norms impact collaboration with colleagues and business partners.
  • Creative Design Making with a Robotic Arm (June 20-24) Implement robotic technology into the design making process by developing skills necessary for robotic programming including solid, parametric and counter modeling as well as visual programming and principles of rapid prototyping.
  • Climate Change: From Science to Solutions (August 1-5) Understand the scientific foundation behind anthropogenic climate change, its impacts on earth and strategies to address it by exploring the fundamental processes that shape climate change. 

“As industries evolve at a rapid pace, the demand for versatile, problem-solving professionals has grown exponentially,” said Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of MIT Professional Education. “Regardless of occupation, professionals are increasingly expected to round out technical skills with people skills, and vice versa. Our Short Programs aim directly to serve that need, but do so in a condensed, intensive format to accommodate demanding schedules of today.”

Now surpassing 50 courses, MIT Professional Education's Short Programs address the latest trends facing a number of industries. With course content spanning subjects from climate change to mechanical engineering, MIT Professional Education is leveraging a wealth of institutional knowledge at MIT to create a one-stop resource for practitioners seeking to advance their careers and develop new skills. 

“Climate change impacts every aspect of our lives and livelihoods,” said Noelle Selin, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Associate Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. “As a result of the Paris agreement and domestic actions in countries worldwide, climate change is a top priority for everyone from individual entrepreneurs to major corporations. Understanding the latest scientific data, technological developments and policy approaches is critical to addressing this complex, interconnected problem.”

As the technological landscape continues to morph to meet demands for new products and solutions, MIT Professional Education is also advancing the way professionals address product development and prototyping using emerging technologies like 3D printing.

“Breakthroughs in robotic capabilities take us beyond the assembly line as the boundaries between digital computation and hands-on production continue to blur,” said Larry Sass, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT. “Programming and design skills are not only necessary, but are constantly evolving with new applications of this technology, from bio-medical products to consumer goods and beyond.”  

MIT Professional Education provides a variety of education and training programs for professionals worldwide focusing on science, engineering, technology, real estate and more. Short Programs courses offer professionals more than 50 industry-focused one-to-five-day sessions, taking place primarily in the summer. Participants learn from leading MIT faculty and gain crucial knowledge to help fuel their careers or enhance their companies in a collaborative academic setting. Upon completion of a Short Programs course, participants receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion, continuing education units and access to MIT Professional Education’s expansive professional alumni network. For those seeking a more intensive experience on a single topic, there are also Professional Certificate Programs which group specific courses into programmatic themes.

Registration is now open on MIT Professional Education − Short Programs homepage.

About MIT Professional Education

For 65 years, MIT Professional Education has been providing a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge and expertise 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. For more information, visit:


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