ORLANDO -- Meeting professionals International announced a partnership with Michigan State University in support of the globalization of the Certification in Meeting Management program at its Professional Education Conference, here.

The university has degree programs in hospitality management in its school of Hospitality Business in the Eli Broad College of Business, as well as Graduate School of Management, according to Anna Lee Chabot, president of MPI.

MSU faculty and MPI staff will develop the curriculum for the senior-level program, which is planned for this fall at the Kellogg Center, Chabot said. One advantage is the connections MSU has with institutions of higher learning around the world, enabling MPI to offer customized curricula to meet different cultural needs, an MPI spokesman said.

In other conference news, MPI unveiled a new member-exclusive educational program designed by Disney Institute, which announced a partnership with MPI in August.

The three-hour program, "The Disney Keys to Meetings Success," will be carried to chapters to teach "how to create a structure in organizations to deliver quality service consistently," according to Lawrence J. Lynch, sales director of the Disney Institute.

In addition: The MPI Education Committee is working on a new career guidebook to the meeting industry. The book, slated for a late summer release, will include job-finding sources, Web sites, schools and associations.

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