History of PMIHK

The Project Management institute of Hong Kong (PMIHK) was established in 1997 as a local chapter of The Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading not-for-profit project management professional association, headquartered in the United States. After being conceived in the late 1960s, by 1990, PMI had started to promote its PM framework internationally and PMI Hong Kong was formed by local volunteers as one of the first few chapters in Asia.

With a vision of promoting professional project management to contribute to the prosperous development of Hong Kong, five forward thinking founding members initiated the formation of PMIHK in 1997. Although it began life as a small chapter, PMI Hong Kong received overwhelming responses from the business community. Top business executives from various large corporations, especially those from the information technology sector, gave a great deal of encouragement and support by participating in the PMI executive council and sponsoring their staff to join as members.

In early 1997, there were only six Project Management Professionals (PMP)® in Hong Kong. With countless time and effort of the founding members which were also the executive council member of PMIHK, tremendous number of networking activities was organized to promote PMIHK membership and PMP certification. The executive council vigorously paid visits to large corporations like HP, HID, etc., to advocate membership benefits and the value of PMP certification. A number of company visits and related events were organized for PMIHK members to learn form the successful experiences of companies in deploying project management to achieve substantial business results.

The overt promotion of the PMP credential was also a key goal of PMIHK. In 1998, we received the first sponsored venues at SPL (HK) to organize paper-based Project Management Professional Certification Examination, which was one the first few examination centers in Asia Pacific region. The council members with PMP credential volunteered as examination proctors. The center attracted candidates from several countries throughout the region. Starting from 1999 and with the support of executive council members volunteered as trainers, PMIHK first introduced the PMP Examination Preparation course at several sponsored venues like the offices of CiF Solutions, HP, etc., to facilitate the members’ preparation for the PMP examination.

With continuous hard work of the council members and enthusiastic volunteers, PMIHK continued to expand in membership, programs and activities with tremendous momentum. A strong foundation was laid for PMIHK to grow with quantum leap in the following ten years, achieving what has truly been a decade of successes from 1997 to 2007. In first two years alone, the number of members had grown over ten folds to more than 100. By third quarter of 2007, the number of PMP rocketed to over 2000 while the membership exceeded 1250.

PMP is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.