The Sri Lankan market for educational products targeting undergraduate and post graduate studies has grown tremendously mainly due to the inability of the national tertiary education system to meet such demands. It is estimated that annually, although over 125,000 students qualify to enter national universities, only about 25,000 are selected. At the post graduate level too a qualification such as an MBA is much sought after as a strategic level management position requirement. In the industry, it is accepted that despite much-hyped promises, the qualification level offered by various institutions are less than desirable when it comes to quality and authenticity. Experts agree that those in search of world class qualifications must seek institutions directly associated with a parent university to ensure that the awards are what they promise to be.
Imperial Institute of Higher Education (IIHE) is such an Institution that has been associated with the University of Wales (UOW), recognized globally as a prestigious UK university. Located at Tower Building, Station Road, Bambalapitiya, IIHE brings a world class education to Sri Lankan students at their state-of-the-art campus.
Diyamanthi Guneratne, Finance Director Bela Group is a chartered accountant who has enrolled for her MBA. She says that the MBA from UoW offered through IIHE balances the specialized functional knowledge and cross-functional expertise required for strategic level managers. “At IIHE we are studying for a genuine, British post graduate qualification. Teaching and learning methods using local and adapted International based case studies ensure that knowledge and skills are transferred effectively.” She adds that an excellent lecture panel that is approved by the UOW adds value and enhances the learning quality.
Naren Godamune, director Acquity Partners and a fellow MBA student, agrees. “ I find the General Management perspective in the UoW MBA offered at IIHE, excellent. It is common knowledge that an MBA takes a minimum of 12 months if full time or 24 months if part time to ensure relevant areas of study is covered. Continuous assessments and exam based knowledge testing are necessary to ensure that knowledge and skills are transferred,” he asserts.
The recognition of IIHE’s MBA is reflected in the positions such alumni currently hold- Thusitha Ranasinghe, CEO Maximus, a company that won global accolades for pioneering the process of turning elephant waste into paper and Ray Abeywardena, CEO Acquity Partners are two such outstanding personalities.
In addition to a world class MBA that employers have come to recognize as exceptional, IIHE also offers the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees in Management and Software Engineering from UoW that virtually serves as a benchmark in undergraduate studies in Sri Lanka. Consisting of a top calibre lecturer panel and a syllabus on par with international standards, the BSc at IIHE offers students opportunities, says Shalini Mathangaweera, a past St Bridget’s Convent pupil who is studying for her BSc at IIHE.
Fellow students such as Inoshi Ratnasekera and Savitta de Alwis are confident of the global potential of their degree. “The quality of the degree at IIHE is high-our studies are focused on imparting knowledge needed for a changing world and there’s emphasis on practical aspects in addition to theory. We are required to undertake real life problem solving which requires us to study problems companies face and to recommend solutions, says Ratnasekera, a past Musaeus College pupil. She adds that she did a comparison between degrees offered in the local market before she chose IIHE. She points out that the ‘student culture’ at IIHE is comfortable; “ There are other campuses in Sri Lanka where the culture does not facilitate a good learning environment.” de Alwis who studied at Asian International School, agrees with her and says that she finds the B Sc offered by UoW at IIHE is career focused.
IIHE is currently enrolling students for its graduate and postgraduate studies.
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