Australia always has been a place where Vittal Anantatmula, professor and director of Western Carolina University’s Master of Project Management Program, wanted to conduct research.
The longtime WCU faculty member will get that opportunity this fall after being selected to receive a 2018 Endeavor Executive Fellowship, allowing him to conduct research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, WCU’s long-term partner institution.
The Australia Awards-Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships is a prestigious program offered by the Australian government to help high-achieving individuals undertake study, research and professional development overseas and gain international experience, according to a letter Anantatmula received from Simon Birmingham, senator for South Australia and the minister of education and training.
“I was very happy because my interest is to understand their industrial practices and how they teach project management,” Anantatmula said. “There are so many universities where project management is taught. I want to learn from them and also I want to help them doing research to see if there is any knowledge gap in how they practice and how they teach. That’s my goal. In the process, I can also learn something so that we can improve our program.”
The fellowship is for four months, beginning Sept. 1. Anantatmula, who has been at WCU since 2005, will do collaborative research with RMIT professor Ron Wakefield, the deputy pro-vice chancellor and dean of School of Property, Construction and Project Management.
In addition to being a WCU professor, Anantatmula is a global guest professor at Keio University in Japan. During the 2016-17 academic year, he was awarded WCU’s University Scholar Award. He received an Excellence in Research Award in 2012 and a Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in 2011 from the College of Business.
Anantatmula has written eight books and has authored more than 60 journal articles and conference publications.