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12 month executive MBA from Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU)

Sunday batch full; Saturday batch now open

(Colombo, June 2012) Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) launched its 12 month executive MBA in Sri Lanka in June 2012. The MGU MBA received an overwhelming response and the Sunday batch was full within weeks of registration commencement. This 12 month MBA is targeted at working executives to enhance their business management knowledge and improve career prospects. Mahatma Gandhi University is approved and recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and plans to offer the MBA at an introductory price of Rs 275,000 during the 1st intake. MGU 12 month MBA is offered in partnership with Next Institute of Management, one of the premier professional education institutes in Colombo.

Some of the MGU Batch 1 participants

For the benefit of potential MBA applicants, Education Times(ET) spoke to Ms Kumudu Abeyawardane, Course Director of Next Institute of Management (NIM) to get her views on MGU executive MBA, and how it could benefit busy executives.

Q:Tell us about the much talked about Sunday Batch?
Simply we are FULL!!! This was a very good response we got. I believe this is due to the quality of the programme and many candidates were looking for a real University rather than some institute trying to portray or pass off as a University. We have the right profile of students for an executive MBA. They are mostly middle and senior managers of reputed organization keen to improve their skills and career prospects. We had the inauguration of the Sunday batch on 10th June with the participation of the Sunday batch along with the faculty. We are commencing delivery on 24th Sunday’. With the requests we have received we have commenced a Saturday Batch which is now open for registrations. We plan to commence classes on July 14th’ for this batch. Classes will be in Saturday afternoon and candidates can have weekday evening and Sundays free’.

Q. What’s the secret behind MGU MBA?
Well, it has the best of both worlds! Today executives are so busy in building their careers. So time is of essence and at the same time economic situation is not so good, I mean there are so many commitments one has to meet. Yet, they need a good qualification from a recognized State University at an affordable price. So MGU has it all, it’s 12 months, from a UGC recognized State University, delivered by an unmatched faculty and costs only Rs 275,000!

Q. What is an Executive MBA?
Executive MBAs are more popular in the West as they shape working executives to improve their career prospects.An executive MBA is a postgraduate level business degree. It is a lot like a regular MBA programme. The main difference is that an executive MBA programme is primarily designed to educate working executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and other business leaders. An executive MBA degree reflects a sophisticated level of knowledge and skills concerning a wide range of contemporary management topics.

Q. What is the structure of an Executive MBA?
Modules offered in an executive MBA programme are normally the same as those taught in traditional MBA programs – accounting, finance, statistics, management, marketing and information systems. However, executive MBA courses are enhanced by the extensive professional experience of the participants and are uniquely structured to teach a maximum amount of course material in an accelerated timetable.

Q. Tell us about MGU?
Mahatma Gandhi University is state University in India. MGUis empowered to award degrees as specified by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 22 of the UGC Act 1956, India. MGU is also recognized by the UGC in Sri Lanka.

Q. How is the MGU MBA delivered?
TheMGUMBA consists of two semesters. In the 1st semester students will complete five modules relating to business administration. During the second semester students will complete 3 modules along with a practical module and a work related project to complete a total of 50 credits. MGU MBA students are required to complete their degrees in one year. During that period, they gain a wide range of new skills and sharpen their analytical abilities by combining coursework with day-to-day professional experience.

Q. Tell us about the faculty of MGU MBA?
As you know, the value of learning comes through coaching and interaction with industry professionals who have proven the MBA in practice. MGU – MBA in Sri Lanka is taught by an unmatched faculty of Academics and top industry practitioners. They combine their practical knowledge and bring the industry relevant curriculum to life in classroom sessions. What is needed today is the ability to combine knowledge with lessons from the world, so that they can be practiced at everyday workplace to improve personal and business performance.

Q. Finally, what is the investment?
Keeping with the motto of Mahatma Gandhi University ‘education for all’, this Executive MBA is offered at an affordable amount for private and public sector employees in Sri Lanka. Wewere successful in formulating an attractive investment proposal to offer this MBA at a subsidized rate. The MBA is offered at Rs 275,000, payable in three installments.

MGU 12 month MBA is offered with the collaboration of NEXT, the premier education institute in Sri Lanka. NEXT built its reputation as the leading Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK) study center in Sri Lanka and later expanded to other professional studies, postgraduate degrees and consulting services. NEXT is committed to bring quality education to Sri Lanka at an affordable price to improve capability and competitiveness of emerging Sri Lanka.

For more information Contact; Kumudu Abeyawardane | Course Director
NEXT Institute of Management
327 Havelock Road
Colombo 06
Tel 0777 786855, 4656600

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