International Project Management

Working internationally is becoming a required skill set as a result of globalisation as many international business activities now span the world. Cross-cultural contact is increasing, creating a greater potential for both conflict and cooperation. Given the rapidly changing environment, the ability to relate to all types of people is an essential skill for project managers.

Current research into successful international projects have found the top four challenges for international project managers are communication skills, understanding of different cultures, appropriate technology and project management leadership. Communication skills has ranked the highest of the all challenges and critical to the success of international projects

The Social Learning Company recognises that the professional project manager must deliver projects on schedule, on budget, to scope and with the right quality. Adrian Kitchen has successfully managed a range of international projects over a span of 25 years, working across the World from Siberia to the Caribbean.  He recognises that as a project manager the skills required are being a master coordinator, scheduler, trouble shooter, communicator and networker. Together with essential people skills and complementary cross-functional skills he has proven skills as a project manager, interacting with both external and internal stakeholders, finding and motivating team members and helping them to deliver professional services in what can be challenging environments.

Over the 25 years or so Adrian has carried out project work and related activities in Russia, Armenia, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Malta, Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, the Azores, Iceland, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Subject areas for international activity include:

  • National VET systems development
  • Initial Vocational Education and Training
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Work-based Training Systems development
  • Adult Education
  • Learning in SMEs and MSMEs
  • Transitions from Unemployment
  • Curriculum Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Activity Tourism
  • Land Use and Management
  • Countryside management and Ecology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Organic Agriculture


  • Identification of appropriate international funding opportunities
  • Funding applications
  • Partner organisation identification
  • Project team management
  • Scoping visit organisation
  • Study visit organisation (inward and outward)
  • Guidance and Support for international development