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The future of MBA’s in Sri Lanka

There used to be a time when the preferred qualification to recruit someone, was the all important BSc or BA Degree.  Times have changed now, and the basic requirement everyone looks for now has become the Masters degree, and more notably the MBA.

In countries like the USA and UK, MBA programmes are available in two main tracks.  First, you have the full time MBA which runs for about 2 years and is aimed at the fresh graduate with no work experience.  Then you have the part time MBA programmes, also known as Executive MBA’s which are aimed at working professionals and generally takes between 1.5 and 2 years to complete.

The Sri Lankan mindset is shaped thus – get your degree, get some relevant work experience and get employment, and then advance professionally and academically whilst reading for a MBA.  This sounds like the sensible thing to do, unless you have a family business where a profession is just waiting for you.  You can do your degree and your MBA and go straight into employment in the family business.  Majority of people obviously do not fall into this category

It is therefore sad to note that some have made the Masters education field into more of a business where people are recruited into them irrespective of the qualifications and the experience that they hold.  People without any management experience to speak of are given placement in MBA programmes and become graduates at a very young age.  Would these people have the needed experience and maturity to survive in the corporate world?  Would anyone be willing to give them employment and take a stab at it?  If this keeps happening, the MBA sphere in Sri Lanka will quickly turn into what has happened in places like India.

My organisation offers both the MBA and a postgraduate diploma as well.  Those without the exact background we are looking for are counselled to join our postgraduate diploma and sharpen their skills before joining the MBA.  I recently handled the enquiry of a MBA applicant and concluded that he was not yet ready for our MBA and counselled him to enter the postgraduate diploma and he agreed.  Since I did not hear from him thereafter, I followed up and he said that although I did not accept him, X institute accepted him into the MBA and that he started classes there.  He was actually scoffing at me as if to say I was holding him back.

Who can say whether my organisation would also one day say “to hell with it” and open our doors to anyone that wants to do the MBA?  Hell, that would mean more money and more profit, right?  Thankfully, my University partner would never allow us to do that since they enforce strict criteria to evaluate the acceptability of the applicants.

Ultimately, we should not spoil our future market by thinking about short-term profit.  If you are in the business of education, it is not just a business.  You are creating a work-force that will carry the country into the future.  If you become a “factory” and output “graduates” on a wholesale basis, it will come back and bite you in the rear later.  There are many education providers in Sri Lanka who subscribe to my way of thinking, and I am thankful to them for holding the standards high.  There are a few however who care about numbers and profit more than anything else.

A few years ago some representatives from an Indian University met me and a few others to promote their MBA programme and they were saying that those that complete the MBA can find work as Sales People in showrooms and so on.  Hence what he implied was that the curriculum of their MBA was focusing on sales and marketing.  MBA prospects here in Sri Lanka are much more different.  Do you do a MBA to become a Sales Person or to become a better Manager and a Corporate Leader?

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MBA Advanced Entry for CIMA Passed Finalists @ Rs. 310,000

For those that are interested in the next step of their studies, ESOFT Metro Campus is excited to offer something special.

Having completed your CIMA professional qualifications and earned some professional experience as well, the next step forward is for you to achieve a postgraduate qualification.  The qualification of choice at the moment is the general MBA, since it provides an overall coverage of the main areas that are required for a senior administrator or business consultant.CIMA_logo_name

ESOFT has partnered with London Metropolitan University in the UK as of 2014 as their strategic partner to offer undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Sri Lanka.  As part of this partnership, ESOFT offers a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) which has the following key points:

  1. The University, and hence the MBA award are UGC recognised.
  2. Learn the same curricula and earn the same qualification as in the UK, at a fraction of the cost
  3. Lectures are delivered by seasoned business leaders and entrepreneurs as well as senior academics for a well balanced delivery
  4. Direct registration with the University, meaning that you are a student of London Met
  5. 180 Credits to be earned within an 18 month programme (120 credits for CIMA finalists).
  6. Those that have completed a qualification at a comparable level are given advanced entry to the MBA.  This means that those that have completed CIMA can directly enter into the 2nd semester with a considerable cost saving.
  7. MBA programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, UK

Special Offer for those that have completed CIMA Strategic Level.

Those that have successfully completed CIMA Strategic level and who also possess the required professional experience will be given advanced entry to the MBA programme of London Metropolitan University at ESOFT, meaning that you can achieve your qualification in approximately one year.

Whereas the normal MBA programme requires an investment of Rs. 520,000 and 18 months of time, CIMA finalists can complete the MBA within 12 months at an all inclusive investment of 360,000. Those who register before the 31st of January 2016, get a special rate of 330,000 for part payments and 310,000 for full payments.

Those that are interested in availing themselves of this offer should contact ESOFT Metro Campus on 077 309 9 309 or fill the online enquiry form at http://marketing.et.lk/esoft/MBA/

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Up to 50% Scholarship for Members of BCS when registering for the MBA

For those that are interested in the next step of their studies, ESOFT Metro Campus is excited to offer something special.

Having completed your undergraduate qualifications and earned some professional experience as well, the next step forward is for you to achieve a postgraduate qualification.  The qualification of choice at the moment is the general MBA, since it provides an overall coverage of the main areas that are required for a senior administrator or business consultant.

ESOFT has partnered with London Metropolitan University in the UK as of 2014 as their strategic partner to offer undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Sri Lanka.  As part of this partnership, ESOFT offers a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) which has the following key points:

  1. The University, and hence the MBA award are UGC recognised.
  2. Learn the same curricula and earn the same qualification as in the UK, at a fraction of the cost
  3. Lectures are delivered by seasoned business leaders and entrepreneurs as well as senior academics for a well balanced delivery
  4. Direct registration with the University, meaning that you are a student of London Met
  5. 180 Credits to be earned within an 18 month programme.
  6. MBA programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, UK

Special Scholarship for those with MBCS

As part of this offer, candidates are expected to face an interview at which we will discuss about the academic and professional qualifications and experience as well as the future ambitions of the candidate.  This will allow the panel to determine the value of the scholarship that is awarded.  Scholarships are being awarded for the MBA as well as for the Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.  Those that do not have the required experience to enter directly into the MBA programme will be given placement in the Post Graduate Diploma.  Those that complete that successfully can then enter into the 2nd Semester of the MBA meaning that they have to study only an additional year to earn their MBA.

Those that are interested in availing themselves of this offer should contact ESOFT Metro Campus on 077 309 9 309 or fill the online enquiry form at http://marketing.et.lk/esoft/MBA/