Welcome to CEMBA/CEMPA
We in the Department of Management Studies (DMS) warmly welcome you to the CEMBA/CEMPA programme of the Open University of Sri Lanka. We believe you have made an important decision to apply for admission to the programme and we assure you the opportunity of participating in a rewarding postgraduate study programme leading to an Executive MBA/ MPA recognized in the Commonwealth.
In order to face the challenges and to capitalize on the opportunities available, today’s managers of business and public sector organizations must invest in active learning. The CEMBA/CEMPA programme is designed to help busy managers and public officers as well as professionals gain a higher level of competency in their respective functions, and expand their perspectives to encompass a more international outlook.
Utilizing the distance learning expertise and resource materials developed in the field of management and public administration by the Commonwealth of Learning, the programme provide a comprehensive and in depth coverage of contemporary topics in management and public administration through core, elective and project courses. The programme is offered primarily through distance education based learner-oriented system allowing greater flexibility in learning.
In response to the requirements of learners comprising working managers, administrator, and professionals the programme is offered in the form of a series of modular courses and a dissertation, while allowing for multiple exit points. Your effort will finally lead to the Executive MBA and Executive MPA Degrees offered under the two streams of study respectively.
We would like to invite you to take advantage of this unique educational opportunity and look forward to your success in the CEMBA/CEMPA programme
The Open University of Sri Lanka
Programme Aims and Objectives
The Commonwealth Executive MBA/MPA (CEMBA / CEMPA) Programme complements existing MBA/MPA programmes offered in the Commonwealth — to meet the demand for post-graduate management and public administration education.
The objectives of the CEMBA / CEMPA Programme are:
- To enable students in the Commonwealth countries where the Programme is offered to obtain Master degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Public Administration, contributing to their professional growth and career advancement and to their countries’ development;
- To develop human resources in various aspects of the areas noted above; and
- To develop quality post-graduate programmes that can be implemented widely in Commonwealth countries and can be recognized across the Commonwealth.
The Collaborating Partners
A strategic partnership between the Open University of Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver, Canada which materialized in 2001 led to the launching of the CEMBA/CEMPA programme in 2002. Under this partnership the OUSL was able to introduce the CEMBA/CEMPA programme for the benefit of Sri Lankan managers, administrators and professionals using the ODL methodology.
The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL)
The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) established in 1980, has completed thirty years of service to the nation. The OUSL is a national university constituted under the Universities Act No 16 of 1978 and has the same legal and academic status as any other national university in Sri Lanka. It is the only recognized university in Sri Lanka where students pursue further education through Open Distance Learning (ODL) methodology.
The OUSL offers over 100 programmes of study for a wide variety of learners through the Faculties:
- Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
- Faculty of Natural Sciences
- Faculty of Engineering Technology
- Faculty of Education.
The academic programmes of the OUSL are well suited for employed persons and adults. Currently the University has a student population of nearly 35,000. OUSL has a network of six Regional Centres (RCs) and several study centres spread through out the island. The study programmes of OUSL have been specifically designed to enable persons aged 18 and above to follow Foundation Courses or Programmes leading to Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and Post Graduate Degrees/ Diplomas and PhDs at their own pace and in their own homes.
The University is endowed with a fully pledged library with Internet access and a state-of-the-art Centre for Educational Technology & Media. The student support services comprise of Regional Education Services, Registration, Student Affairs, Examinations, Administration and Finance divisions. The OUSL learners also have access to National Online Distance Education (NODE) Access Centres located in the regions.
The University Senate is the highest decision making body with regard to academic matters and the Council of the University is the supreme decision making body on the management of the University. The Vice Chancellor of the University chairs both the Senate and the Council.
The Department of Management Studies
The Department of Management Studies (DMS) which comes under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences conducts the CEMBA/CEMPA Programme. In delivering the programme DMS depends on its core faculty as well as the visiting faculty. Currently face-to-face teaching-learning sessions (day schools) of the CEMBA/CEMPA Programme are conducted only at the Colombo Regional Centre at Nawala, Nugegoda.
At present, the DMS conducts five academic programmes that are listed below:
- Commonwealth Executive MBA/MPA – two years duration
- Master of Business Administration (MBA in HRM) – two years duration
- Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) – four years duration.
- Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) – two years duration.
- Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (ESBM) – One-year duration.
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
The Commonwealth of Learning was inspired by the vision that the people of the Commonwealth must and can have access to knowledge, regardless of where they live and whether they are rich or poor. It was created by Commonwealth Heads of Government in late 1987 and became operational in early 1989.
The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organisation, with headquarters in Vancouver, with a mandate to widen opportunities for learning in the Commonwealth member states by promoting the development and sharing of ODL resources and communications technologies.
In working with and providing services to hundreds of institutions throughout the Commonwealth, COL has helped to increase the capacities of developing nations to meet the demands for improved access to quality education and training. For more information about the Commonwealth of Learning, visit http://www.col.org/
Other partner institutions
Currently nine partner institutions in the Commonwealth participate in the delivery of
CEMBA/CEMPA programme in a collaborative manner. They are listed below:
About the CEMBA / CEMPA Programme
Traditionally, the delivery of MBA and MPA programmes has been expensive and restrictive. Indeed, the number of students who can benefit is limited due to the high cost of teaching, and the physical limitations imposed by traditional modes of delivery, (i.e. face-to-face, high tuition, classroom setting, specific time and space.)
As a strong advocate for Open and Distance Learning, COL sees distance learning as a flexible, cost-effective and viable mode of delivery which overcomes time constraints and geographical barriers, thereby offering students a novel way of studying and pursuing knowledge. With ODL, students are given a chance to seek education at an affordable cost — enriching themselves and their communities; advancing in their own time and space, and at their own pace.
The features of ODL include:
Provision of learning at one’s own pace, place and time
Cost effective and cost efficient educational operations
Provision of equal opportunity of admission
Self-instructional learning materials, in print and non-print media
Provision of face-to-face and distance tutor support
Continuous and terminal evaluation.
The CEMBA / CEMPA Programme is offered entirely in English.
CEMBA/CEMPA and its unique value proposition
The Commonwealth Executive MBA and MPA are two of the well established Master’s Degree programmes offered by the Department of Management Studies of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in Vancouver, Canada. The programme which was commenced in 2002 will be enrolling its Nineth batch of students in 2012. At the last convocation of the OUSL held on December 15, 2011 thirty nine CEMBA/ CEMPA participants graduated.
- CEMBA/CEMPA is the only programme of its kind available in Sri Lanka. No other state university or degree awarding public or private institution offer an Executive Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration in partnership with the prestigious Commonwealth of Learning.
- The unique feature of the CEMBA/CEMPA programme is that it offers you the opportunity of earning an MBA or MPA of high quality within a period of two years adopting the pedagogy of student-centered learning primarily through the Open Distance Learning (ODL) methodology aimed at adult working students.
- The participants of the CEMBA/CEMPA programme enjoy the opportunity of learning at their own pace and earning a postgraduate degree in management (either Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration) within a period of five years.
- We adopt a flexible and self-driven approach to learning where participants can sit examinations without being subjected to rules such as ‘compulsory attendance’ in class room learning sessions provided that the eligibility for examinations is gained by the learner through continuous assessment (CA).
CEMBA/CEMPA programme is targeted at mid-career managers, professionals and public administrators including those serving in defense establishments and having at least two years of executive experience. We encourage particularly women applicants who aspire to occupy leadership positions in industry and government.
The OUSL adopts a study system that emphasizes distance learning methodologies, consisting of largely printed material and supplementary audio-visual aids. In addition, limited number of face to face teaching-learning sessions (day schools and tutorials) is conducted for each course. Group presentations and seminars, and counseling sessions for student-teacher interaction are held from time to time. OUSL is currently in the process of expanding its e-learning system based on Moodle Learning Resource System.
An integral and crucial component of the OUSL learning system is student evaluation. Student evaluation consists of two forms:
- Continuous Assessment
- Final Examinations
Students have to qualify to sit for the final examination and complete a course by gaining eligibility. Gaining eligibility is possible by being successful in Continuous Assessment requirements. Eligibility is valid for a maximum period of five years.
The course structure of the CEMBA/CEMPA Programme consists of four components:
1. Core Courses
2. Specialist Compulsory Courses
3. Elective Course
4. Required Courses
CEMBA/CEMPA PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
- MCP1601 Managing Information Systems
- MCP1602 Management and Organizations
- MCP1603 Managing Human Resources
- MCP1604 Operations Management
- MCP1605 Economic Environment of Business
- MCP1606 Public Systems Management
- MCP1607 Quantitative Techniques
- MCP1608 Marketing Management
- MCP1609 Accounting and Finance
8 courses from the Core Courses List.
6 courses from Core Courses List, plus
- Public Systems
- Management and
- MCP1651 Public Policy
- MCP1652 Development Planning and Administration
- MCP1653 Strategic Management
- MCP1654 Quality Assurance Management
- Strategic Management
- Quality Assurance Management
- Public Policy
- Development Planning and Administration
- MCP2601 Electronic Commerce
- MCP2602 Project Management
- MCP2605 Managerial Economics
- MCP2607 Policy Analysis and Implementation
- MCP2608 Contemporary Administrative Systems
- MCP2609 Disaster Management
- MCP2610 Corporate Finance
- MCP2613 International Marketing
3 courses from Elective List
3 courses from Electives List.
- MCP2698 Research Methods
- MCP2699 Dissertation
- Research Methods
The dissertation is a distinct feature of the CEMBA/CEMPA programme. It is a required course for students wishing to reach the highest level of award – CEMBA or CEMPA. Dissertation consists of a substantial literature survey and analysis and interpretation of research findings based on field investigation.
The dissertation is undertaken by the participants after completion of the Research Methods course towards the end of the programme. This course brings into focus empirical investigation of management problems, which is a critical component of the Master’s Degree programme. Through the dissertation a participant will demonstrate his/her ability to apply various concepts learnt during the programme in analyzing concrete managerial issues. It also allows learners to contribute their own analysis and findings to the body of knowledge in management or public administration.
The programme is designed to enable participants to complete the degree in four semesters (two years). However, it is recognized that some students will proceed at their own pace and may not be able to complete the degree in two years. Students may choose up to four courses in each semester. The limit of four courses has been set in consideration of participants’ job commitments and the study load requirements of different courses. You may set your own pace for the programme as long as you do not exceed the limit of four courses in each semester. You will however need to consider that the maximum duration of the programme is five years. If you are unable to complete the programme in five years, you are expected to re-register for the programme. The University will announce conditions of re-registration if required. It may therefore be advisable for you to plan your course load in a manner that you will be able to complete the programme within the allowed time frame.
Traditional systems of delivering MBA and MPA programmes, though attractive, have in general been expensive and restrictive. In view of the physical limitations imposed by the traditional mode of delivery, (i.e. face-to-face teaching and learning in classroom setting in specific time and space), the number of students who can benefit from such costly methods of delivery has been limited. COL, as an advocate of distance education and open learning, sees distance education as a viable alternative which provides a flexible mode of delivery that can overcomes time constraints and geographical barriers, thereby offering students a novel way of studying and of pursuing knowledge. With distance learning, students are given a chance to seek self-enrichment and advancement in their own time, in their own space, at their own pace and, most importantly, at an affordable price.
Each course in the programme adopts a combination of the following learning activities in the delivery of courses:
- Self instructional printed course materials packages
- Assignments for assessment and feedback
- Audio-video programmes
- Face-to-face interaction with academic counsellors at study centres
- Virtual class room for information sharing
- Short residential seminars
- Tele-counselling and interaction
- Project work and case studies
- Field visits
The entire programme is offered in English. Therefore a good working knowledge of English is required for successful completion of the programme.
Delivery of the learning materials will be through print and non-print media. In terms of print media, students will be given the necessary course package for their reading and preparation. In some instances textbooks will be recommended by the tutors. In terms of non-print media, an appropriate technological infrastructure is put in place in every participating institution. Audio, video and computing facilities are important elements of the programme. The face-to-face component of the programme is provided through the counselling sessions organised at your study centre. You will be required to contact the CEMBA/CEMPA coordinators of your study centre for:
- Counseling schedules
- Teleconference schedules
- Dissertation proposal presentation schedules
- Dissertation oral examination schedules
The CEMBA/CEMPA programme is based on a credit accumulation system. Each CEMBA/CEMPA credit is defined on the basis of 20 hours of study load which comprises all learning activities such as working through course materials, preparing assignments, tutored activity and preparing for examinations, etc. All courses in the programme carry a credit weighting of 6 (120-study hours). This indication will help the student understand the academic effort required for successful completion of the courses and the entire study programme.
Regulations Relating to Assessment
(1) The assessment of a student in any course shall consist of two components, continuous assessment & final examination.
(2) A student shall be eligible to appear at the final examination in respect of any course if she/he has been awarded a minimum of 40% for CA.
(3) A student who fails to obtain 40% for continuous assessment components (CA) in a particular course shall be deemed to have failed that course. Such a student may repeat that course by re-registering.
(4) The overall assessment marks of a student in respect of any course excluding his dissertation is based on; 30% from the continuous assessment marks,
70% from the final examination marks
(5) Marks obtained at the final examination shall be computed as follows.
80 - 100 - PA
60 - 79 - PB
50 - 59 - PC
30 - 49 - RE
0 - 29 - RF
(6) A student who is awarded a RE or RF grade cannot count that course towards her/his credit requirements unless s/he re-sits the Final Examination on a subsequent occasion and obtains a PC grade. (A student who either repeats a course or who re-sits a final examination shall be deemed to have obtained a mark which is not higher than 50% which carries a grade of PC.)
(7) A student who withdraws from a course by written communication addressed to the Senior Assistant Registrar (Student Affairs) within a period of one month from the commencement of the course may be allowed to re-register for that course in a subsequent academic year without being considered a repeat.
(8) A student, who is eligible to sit the final written examination in a course but has not done so, may postpone sitting such examination, without being considered as a re-sit candidate eligibility for a course obtained by a student will be valid only for three academic years.
(9) The assessment of a student registered for a dissertation shall be based on a dissertation submitted by him/her and an oral examination.
Validity of Admission
A candidate who has successfully completed the admission test shall be eligible for admission in the academic year that s/he passed the test. Registration for the programme shall be valid for 5 years from the date of admission. Regular and annual renewal of registration is essential.
Assessment and Evaluation Criteria
Assessment in each course of the programme consists of Continuous Assessment and end of semester examinations. Course results are issued based on:
- Overall Continuous Assessment Score (OCAS)
- Overall Examination Score (OES)
- Overall Course Score (OCS)
- Determination of Course Result Status OCAS Continuous Assessment is based on:
- Tutor-marked assessments (TMAs) in the form of essays or short answer questions. Some courses may also require extended essays or projects.
- Computer-marked assignments (CMAs) consist of multiple choice questions. Not all courses have CMAs.
- Projects/case studies in the form of essay or short answer questions.
Course materials are expected to indicate the number of required course assignments. These include:
Assignments to be completed for assessment purposes; and
Assignments for teaching purposes only.
The weighting of each assessment component (e.g., TMAs, CMAs, projects, examinations) will also be specifically communicated in the institution supplement.
Overall Continuous Assessment Score (OCAS)
To calculate the overall score (OCAS), the prescribed number of a student’s ‘best’ scores will be selected, including the scores for any assignments ‘necessary for assessment purposes’.
Overall Examination Score (OES)
Each course has a written examination, which is held at the end of the course and normally lasts three hours. Students’ performance in the examination will contribute to the OES.
Overall Course Score (OCS)
OCS will be calculated from both the OCAS and OES, which is usually the weighted average of the two scores. However, OCS alone does not automatically determine result status. When determining result status, the OCAS, OES and OCS will all be taken into account.
Pan Commonwealth Standardisations (PCS)
PCS will encompass protocols and practices governing standards of tutorials, grading and marking of assignments and examinations.
Determination of Course Result Status
A pass score in each course will depend on a satisfactory level of performance in both the OCAS and OES.
Exemptions may be granted only for any two (2) of the prescribed core courses of the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration/ Public Administration Programme provided a candidate has passed similar courses offered by a University at Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s Degree level. Candidates seeking exemptions must apply in writing for exemptions within the first month after registration. They should also submit certified copies of the relevant certificates and details of the syllabi covered when applying for exemptions.
- A candidate who satisfies the requirements for the award of the degree of CEMBA/CEMPA shall be awarded such degree provided the person has satisfied the necessary requirements within a maximum period of five years from the date of registration.
- A student is awarded a pass if she/he has obtained 90 international credits at final examination.
* An overall average mark of 50% or above is awarded a pass.
* An overall average mark of 75% or above is awarded a merit pass
* An overall average mark of 85% or above is awarded a distinction pass.
The programme is modularised with two exit points. The availability of each exit point may vary between the institutions that offer CEMBA/CEMPA programme.
Number of Courses
Postgraduate Diploma in Business/Public Administration
10 (8 core + 2 specialised compulsory)
15 (8 core + 2 specialised + 3 electives + 2 required courses)
In general, admission to the CEMBA / CEMPA Programme requires the following:
- An undergraduate degree with good standing or an equivalent professional qualification (professional qualifications listed in annexure I are deemed equivalent to a degree for admission purposes)
- A minimum of two years of relevant post-qualification experience
- Residency within the Commonwealth countries (where the Programme is offered)
- A working knowledge of the English language at the post-graduate studies level
- Satisfactory score in the CEMBA / CEMPA Admission Test. . The Admission Test is conducted by the Open University of Sri Lanka or any other prescribed centre as deemed necessary (all applicants will be notified with application, about the venue, date and time of the admission test).
Students are required to complete an admission form, upon confirmation of passing the admission test for the CEMBA / CEMPA Programme.
Required materials include copies of work certificates, photographs and the requisite paying slips for fees paid.
The CEMBA/CEMPA programme is designed for highly capable and qualified individuals committed to self-development and a higher level of achievement in their careers. The Admission Test is designed to provide an additional dimension of measurement for the selection of candidates for this rigorous and demanding programme of study.
The Admission Test is scheduled to be conducted Regional Centers of OUSL in Colombo, Kandy, and Jaffna and any other overseas centers determined by the university on Sunday, 13th May 2012; all details relating to the venue are available in the Admission Card. The Admission Test will consist of multiple choice questions designed to test applicants’ capabilities in the following spheres:
Successful completion of the test is one of the essential criteria of eligibility for admission.
Fees are payable on demand and in installments:
Registration fees - Rs. 325.00*
Sports Council - Rs. 25.00*
Facility fee - Rs. 900.00*
Library fee - Rs. 200.00*
Fees of Taught courses - Rs. 11,748.00* (per course)
Dissertation fee - Rs. 55,650.00*
Total course fee - Rs. 221,582.00 *
*The above mentioned fees are relevant only for the courses offered in the academic year 2011/2013. The Open University has the right to change the fees where necessary.
Prof. Sudatta Ranasinghe
BPA (Hon), PG Dip in App. Soc. Stats (Sri Lanka), MPA (Sri J), PhD (PIM/Sri J), MIPM (Hon.)
Professor of Management Studies
Strategic Management, Strategic HRM, HR Development, Research Methods
Mr. S.A.D. Senanayaka
Head/Department of Management Studies
B.Sc Sp.(Hons) (KLN), MBA(Delhi)
Quantitative Techniques, Operations Management, Information Technology and Strategy
Mr. K.P. Nishantha
BSc. (Financial Mgt.) (Hons) (SUSL), M.Sc (Management)USJ, CTHE, Certified Trainer
Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behaviour
Dr. L.P.S Gamini
BSc(B.Ad)Sp.(Hons) (USJ) MCom(KLN), PhD (Delhi)
Corporate Finance, Management Accounting, Money and Capital Markets, Research Methodology
Mr. Susil S K Edirisinghe
B.Com Sp.(Hons)(KLN), MCom(KLN), Cirtificate in Int.Bus (AIT-Thailand)
Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behaviour
Ms. Pushpa Rajapaksha
BSc (BAd) Sp.(Hons)(USJ), MPA(USJ-PIM) Dip in Public Mgt. (SLIDA)
Coordinator 2nd Year
Public System Management, Management Theory & Practice, Human Resource Management, Research Methodology
Ms. S. Sapukotanage Jayarathna
International Marketing, Marketing Management
Dr. S.J.M.Prajna U. Seneviratne
BBA(Colombo), M.Sc (Management)USJ,Phd(Leicester)
Coordinator 1st Year, CEMBA/CEMPA Programme
Human Resource Management, Management Theory and Practice
Mr. V. Sivalogathasan (on study leave)
B.Com(Hons)Sp (PDN), MBA(IB)(AIT, Thailand)
Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour, Performance Management, Training and Development
Ms. H.D.D. Champika(On study leave)
BSc (mgt) Sp.(Hons) (USJ), MBA.Finance(Colombo), Intermediate (ICASL)
Financial Management, Managerial Finance
Mr. Nalin Abeysekera
MBA in Marketing (Colombo),BSc(Mkt)Sp.(Hons)(USJ), MCIM, MSLIM, Post Dip in MKT (UK), MAAT, Intermediate (ICASL) Dip in CMA
Marketing Management, Advertising, Strategic Management, Consumer Behaviour
Ms. G.A.J Silva
BSc (B.Ad) Sp. (USJ), MCom (KLN)
Mr. J.C.D Pirithiviraj
MBA in Marketing (Colombo), BBA (Hons)(EUSL), Intermediate (ICASL)
Market orientation, Corporate Social Responsibility Issues
Ms. S.Vijayakumaran (On leave)
B.Com(Hons, Accoun)(Jaf.), MA (Econ) (PDN), Dip in CMA (SL), Cer.in ESBM (OUSL), Cetrt.in Taxation (SL), AATSL
Money and Capital Market
Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Managerial economics, Project Reporting
Other OUSL Faculty Resources
Dr. Menaka Ranasinghe
BSc(Statistics)Sp.(Col) , PhD (OUSL)
Department of Electronics and computer Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Managing Information Systems, E-Commerce
Mr. Deepal Bataduwa Arachchi
M.A.Economics (Colombo), Pg. Dip in Development Economics
Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Managerial economics
Mr. G.D.I. Wijetunga
M.Sc. in Agri Economics (New Castle)
Department of Social Studies
Department of Decision Sciences
University of Sri Jayawardenapura
Operations Management, Quality Assurance Management
Dr. K. Kajendra
Department of Marketing
University of Colombo
Marketing positioning, Brand Related Studies, Corporate Social Responsibility Issues
Department of Industrial Management
University of Kelaniya
Management Information Systems, Electronic Commerce, Operations Management
Department of Accounting and Finance
University of Sri Jayawardenapura
Accounting and Finance, Corporate Finance
Dr. L.N. Senaweera
Sri Lanka Standards Institute
Quality Assurance Management
Dr. Madhu Fernando
Mr. Gerry Suraweera
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Neranjala J.Jayasundara
Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA)
Mr. S.A. Weerasinghe
MSc. (Operations Research)
Mr. Sugathadasa Ranugge
MA (Hague), BA (Hon.)
Retired SLAS/ Management Consultant
Public Systems Management, Public Policy, Development Planning and Administration, Policy Analysis
Mr. R. R. Lindon
Head of Sales
Hamas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt.) Ltd
Marketing positioning, Brand Related Studies, Corporate Social Responsibility Issues
Student support services
The programme is supported by the regional education services network, the library and other divisions that deal with registration, student affairs, examinations, finance, and operations. Learners may seek the assistance of the following University offices.
For information relating to
Contact or write to the
Admission, re-registration, change of study centre, bonafide certificate and change of address
Senior Assistant Registrar
Examinations centers, exam results, grade card, re-clocking and issuance of diplomas and degrees
Deputy Registrar, Examinations
0112 881 350 /461 / 203
Course fee and other payment
Bursar, Finance Division
Academic counseling, evaluation of assignments, approval of dissertation proposals and dissertation report
Coordinators and Consultants,
Department of Management Studies
Students are advised to contact OUSL Regional Centers and Study Centers for submission of assignments and other information.
Facilities for Students
The Main Library of the Open University is located at the Central Campus in Nawala. Students can become members with a refundable deposit of Rs. 1,000.
With regard to academic matters faculty academic staff is available to students for counseling. Further, students can contact the Faculty Student Counselors for advice on non-academic matters pertaining to the programme.
For further information on the CEMBA/CEMPA, please contact:
Head/Department of Management Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Open University of Sri Lanka
P.O. Box 21
Nawala, Nugegoda 10250
Telephone: (011)2818469 (011)2881255 Fax :( 011) 2881095
Web : www.ou.ac.lk/hss/mgt/
Professional qualifications considered equivalent to a degree for entry into CEMBA/CEMPA programme
- Associate Membership of the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) or any other qualifications accepted by the IESL as equivalent to an Engineering Degree.
- Diploma in Banking and Finance, Chartered Institute of Banking, U.K.
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – Full qualifications.
- Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) – Full qualifications
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, U.K.
- Advanced Diploma of the Association of Business Executives, U.K.
- Passes in Part I and II of the Graduateship Examination in Chemistry conducted by the Institute of Chemistry, Sri Lanka and admission to Graduate membership of the Institute of Chemistry, Sri Lanka.
- Higher National Diploma in Commerce, Sri Lanka Technical College.
- Higher National Diploma in Accountancy, Sri Lanka Technical College.
- Membership of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) U.K.
- Membership of Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka (AIB)
- Higher National Diploma in Management (HNDM three (3) years programme of Study) Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE)
- Postgraduate Diploma of the Charted Institute of Marketing (London)
- Postgraduate Diploma of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing.
- PQHRM or National Diploma in HRM of the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), Sri Lanka with three (3) years’ post qualification experience.
- National Diploma in Technology (NDT) with 3 years’ post qualification experience.
- Membership of the British Computer Society. (having successfully completed prescribed examinations and three (3) years past qualification experience)
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – Full qualification.
- Membership of the Association of Chartered Secretaries, U.K.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Management of the University of Colombo, with three(3) years’ post qualification experience.
- Attorney-at-law, Sri Lanka Law College.
- Any other professional/Academic qualification involving 3 years of study awarded by a recognized institution and acceptable to the senate of the University.
BBC World Service
The Commonwealth of Learning has obtained a copyright from the BBC World Service to use, and reprint for educational purposes only its publication — “The Business – English at work: people, skills, and language.” Attribution must be given to BBC World Service, and include the following copyright statement:
Copyright BBC (2001). All rights reserved. Except as provided below, no part of this document may be reproduced in any material form (including photocopying or storing it in any medium by electronic means) without the prior written permission of the BBC. Individuals may make copies of this publication as a complete document only (including this copyright notice) for their own personal use. No copies may be published, distributed or made available to third parties whether by paper, electronic or other means without the BBC's prior written permission.
This copy comes courtesy of the Commonwealth of Learning and is intended for use by students on the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Administration course.
The Handy Guide to the Gurus of Management
BBC World Service, which broadcasts in 27 languages to a global audience of 150 million peoplearound the world, supports the Commonwealth Executive MBA/MPA and wishes students goodfortune as they access higher education.www.bbcworldservice.com.
BBC World Service supports the CEMBA / CEMPA Programme in various ways.
BBC World Service commissioned Charles Handy, who was for many years a professor at the
London Business School and is now an independent writer, broadcaster and social philosopher, toprepare The Handy Guide to The Gurus of Management, as a kind of “essential introduction” to a course of this type.
The Handy Guide is a radio series (i.e., 12 programmes lasting 15 minutes each), first broadcast in the BBC’s World Learning strand of educational programmes from October-December 2001.
Students can listen to this series online — hearing from 12 Management Gurus including Peter
Drucker, Tom Peters, Sumantra Ghoshal, Kenichi Ohmae and Bill Gates – on the BBC World Service Learning English website.
Students may also want to brush up on their English-language skills.
The BBC World Service made available a special booklet to all CEMBA / CEMPA students —
“The Business - English at work: people, skills, and language.” Apart from up-to-the minute news and analysis of global events, you will find the “World Business” pages useful and interesting, as well as the “Learning English” area.
The “work” area of Learning English has a special section on The Handy Guide to the Gurus of Management including language notes, full radio programmes and scripts.
Other recommendations include
Business Words in the News: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/news/words/business/
Talking Business: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/business/talkingbusiness/