NEXT becomes first to launch residential program for MGU MBA

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In the last few years there has been an influx in the number of students who enrol in MBA programs. With a variety of programs ranging from state universities to foreign universities available in the market, an MBA has become an almost essential qualification to succeed in a career be it in the private sector or government organisations. While a few establishments offer the programs in other parts of the country, a majority of the programs are delivered in and around Colombo. This makes it difficult for potential students who are interested in enrolling for an MBA, but live outside Colombo to attend these programs. Hence, NEXT Campus recently introduced a residential program for its sought after MBA from Mahatma Gandhi University, India. NEXT Campus Director – Programs Kumudu Abeyawardane said, “The MBA from Mahatma Gandhi University, which is a UGC approved State University, has been extremely popular in Colombo. In a little over 1 1/2 years, we have recruited seven batches and have just commenced enrolment for the next two batches. Our program is extremely popular both in Colombo and with students from the North and East as well as those working in ministries and government departments and bankers working in out-station branches. Abeyawardane added, “However when we spoke to these students we realised that they go through a lot of hardships to benefit from the experience of the faculty available in Colombo. We therefore decided to look in to the possibility of introducing a program that would give them easy access to gaining our MBA which resulted in the introduction of the Residential MBA!” Speaking of how the residential MBA would operate Kumudu pointed out that student enrolling on the MGU Residential MBA will have to attend classes over a full weekend once every 4-6 weeks. The classes will be held from Saturday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon leaving time for students to travel to Colombo on Saturday morning and travel back on Sunday afternoon. The program will be conducted by one of the best MBA lecture panels in the industry. NEXT will also organise accommodation and meals during this weekend at no extra cost to the student! All the student is required to pay is the usual course fee of Rs. 375,000 and that too in four instalments. The program is open to students from the outskirts of Colombo and outstations and will commence in May 2014 .Registrations are limited to 30 students due to accommodation limitations. Kumudu further explained, “The weekend spent in Colombo will be a packed one, with classes till late evening and starting early the following morning but we believe that students will enjoy the experience as we have planned some additional activities for personality and career development as well as fellowship events during these weekends. We strongly believe that after the first couple of sessions students will actually look forward to the study weekends! Details of the program could be obtained by visiting