Every business organization requires talented human resources to gain sustainable competitive advantage. Acquiring physical resources can be done relatively easily by any manager. However acquiring and retaining the right talent have become the biggest challenge in the present business world. Therefore the role of Human Resource Manager has become strategically significant for achieving the short term and long term organizational success.
The MBA in HRM offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is well structured to allow senior managers, entrepreneurs and executives to reinforce their expertise in the discipline of HRM. The MBA in HRM is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills required by the corporate entities and industries to carry out current as well as future operations successfully at a very affordable fee structure.
The major objective of this HRM master's degree programme is to develop and inculcate business acumen amongst participants. This is achieved through a process of enhancement of knowledge and competencies where they would be able to add value to the organizational process thus becoming partners in business. This programme provides rigorous training and I am sure this will make the participants achieve the above mentioned goal. Course content, teaching & learning methods and the structure of the MBA programme ensure that participants are trained and educated towards solving problems in managing human resource objectively, analytically and pragmatically.
The unique features of this programme are its emphasis on interaction, face to face learning, assistance through virtual class and engagement of the students with a practical orientation. The true value of the OUSL MBA in HRM is in its relevance to the real world. The candidates joining OUSL MBA will be able to implement what they have learned in the class room immediately in to their day today professional work.
The OUSL is a pioneer and the leader in the adoption of Open distance Learning (ODL) methodology within the university education system in Sri Lanka. The philosophy of the study programmes offered by the OUSL recognizes the busy life styles of adult learners who have many responsibilities and commitments at work place as well as at private and social fronts. Therefore, flexibility is a key feature of the MBA in HRM, which would provide space for the adult learner to organize her/himself in pursuing higher studies.
This MBA in HRM programe will have face- to- face interactions between the students and the faculty as well as some off-campus residential workshops. But the programme is organized largely on the principles of open distance learning, which requires self study and self-organization.
This programme is spread over a period of two years with the option of obtaining a post graduate Diploma in HRM (Pg Dip in HRM) on successful completion of the prescribed core courses after the first year. It will adopt individuals as well as group learning methodologies combined with field projects, case studies and seminars. There will also be an appropriate mix of educational films and management videos that will provide the participants the opportunity to select on-line education options with regard to some of the subjects. Also OUSL is adopted a web-based platform (Virtual classroom) to share information with the students.
Ultimate objective of this programme is to transform candidates from operational level to strategic level leaders.
As an institution that contributes to the national development process the Open University of Sri Lanka has given a precious opportunity for HRM professionals to gain a nationally and internationally recognized qualification while being engaged in their respective professions. Therefore I invite all those who are interested in gaining a higher qualification in HRM field to make the maximum use of this opportunity.
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
Chief Coordinator MBA in HRM
The Open University of Sri Lanka