For CEO Aspirants: The Derby MBA at HRMI

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A Masters level business qualification is appropriate when an individual has acquired sufficient experience and maturity and ready to take-up general management responsibilities at a level of a CEO or GM. Senior Executives or Managers with at least five years experience at functional level are the ideal candidates to pursue an MBA. These sentiments were expressed by   at a recent press briefing on the Derby MBA which has been described as the only qualification offered in Sri Lanka with a total focus on Strategic Management and exclusively positioned for CEO aspirants. He said: “Many professional qualifications are function specific and do not address the competencies required for cross functional management. En route to the top of the hierarchy, a manager needs to develop the understanding and skills to support active engagement in the process of strategic management. The Derby MBA provides exposure to all aspects of strategic management and its content is incomparable with any other MBA offered in Colombo.” When embarking on an MBA, a prospective student must establish without doubt the credentials of the awarding institution and its academic reputation. The esteem and admiration, recognition and respect for a qualification are derived from the awarding institution. The subject coverage and its depth in the learning content is the ingredient that makes a difference in enhancing managerial competencies. The process of delivering learning and the academic guidance a student receives is the ultimate ‘acid-test’ for effectiveness. Derby – Edexcel – HRMI partnership is a perfect example for recognition and respect, content and quality and delivery and support. Two of the most respected and trusted institutions in UK, University of Derby and Edexcel have joined hands with Human Resource Management Institute (HRMI) to offer the 18 months MBA program. The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider which has a strong reputation in UK for professional education being the 9th University in England for ‘student employability’. Derby, recognised by University Grants Commission – Sri Lanka, was also the winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education awards for Outstanding Employer Engagement and Outstanding Leadership and Management. Derby is the second largest provider of on-line post graduate course in the UK. These awards reflect Derby’s strength in professional management education and its standing in UK. HRMI is a centre of excellence for globally recognised management education and only engage with qualification providers of highest international repute. It is the most trusted and preferred centre for ‘post graduate management education in the private sector’, an accolade it has earned for dealing with partners of repute and respect. The MBA from Derby requires a student to study 12 modules. These include; Strategic Planning, Strategic Change Management, Strategic Marketing Management, Strategic Human Resource Management, Strategic Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Strategic Quality and Systems Management, Corporate Communication Strategies, Managing Financial Principles & Techniques, Creative and Innovative Management, Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills, Professional Development for Strategic Managers, Business Impact Study (Research). This 18 month program of studies is primarily assessed by way of assignments, projects and case analysis, aimed at sharpening the analytical and decision making skills of high calibre executives who show promise and potential of being the future business leaders HRMI has designed a ‘purse friendly – interest free’ instalment plan that will ease the financial burden of students. The course is scheduled to commence on 9 February and classes will be held once a week on Sunday mornings. Details could be downloaded from