MBA batch at Imperial Institute triples after October intake

The intake of students for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme at the Imperial Institute of Higher Education (IIHE) has increased nearly three fold in October 2001, the Institute stated in a press release this week.

"Our MBA programme began in October 2000 and has grown from 16 students to 47 students this year. This is a major endorsement of the quality of the degree which is awarded by the University of Wales," IIHE’s Academic Affairs Director Daya Jayasinghe said.

He also attributed the success of the programme to the rapidly growing demand for post graduate management qualifications in Sri Lanka’s corporate sector.

"The MBA is intended for aspiring senior managers and is designed to enhance their potential and attractiveness to employees," Mr. Jayasinghe said. "The programme involves a thorough coverage of the key functional aspects of management and also introduces selective study of specialist areas. This way participants are equipped with a body of knowledge and a range of skills which are both long-term and are of immediate relevance and value to their organisations," he added.

The MBA programme at the IIHE consists of eight compulsory core modules, and four elective modules. The programme has been specifically designed in a manner that students who might not be able to complete the programme can exit after the taught stage with a Diploma in Management.

Following the successful completion of examinations, students will commence work for a project/dissertation.

"Most often the topic of the project/dissertation is chosen by the student with the consultation of staff members. The MBA will be awarded to students who pass the taught stage and has submitted a project/dissertation that satisfies the Board of Examiners. Students have the choice of following the programme either full time or part time," Mr. Jayasinghe explained.

Graduates from approved universities with honours in any discipline and non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience can apply for the IIHE MBA programme.

As the University of Wales’ locally validated centre Imperial Institute of Higher Education was officially opened in October 1997 and along with the MBA offers undergraduate programmes. Students can enrol for B.Sc. (Hons.) in Business Management, Banking & Finance, Economics and Accounting & Finance. IIHE offers an opportunity to obtain a University of Wales degree through the pre-university access and diploma programme for students with lower advanced level grades or those with six ordinary level passes.