University of Leicester eBulletin

Ministerial Commendation

May 2003
No 119

A business school in Sri Lanka which offers teaching and support for students taking a University of Leicester MBA degree by distance learning has been commended by the Minister of the Government in Sri Lanka.

Fifty students now study for the Leicester MBA through the Business Management School (BMS) in Colombo, with a further 12 taking a diploma course.  

The Leicester MBA is one of the most popular British masters degrees in Sri Lanka, according to BMS, who organise seminars, workshops and other resources and support to help the students in their busy schedule balancing work and study.

The success of the distance learning programme was highlighted recently by Karunasena Kodithuwakku, Minister of Human Resource Development, Education and Cultural Affairs, in a letter of congratulation to BMS following the Graduation Ceremony for their first batch of Leicester MBA graduates.

The letter reads: “The executives in Sri Lanka should be happy that they now have yet another option of securing internationally recognized postgraduate qualifications owing to the initiative of BMA, the accredited Resource Centre in Sri Lanka of the University of Leicester, one of the largest providers in the UK of the postgraduate courses by an innovative mix of Distance Learning and Taught Programmes.”

The Minister went on to point to the advantages of this method of learning:  “Given the busy schedules and the demanding character of their own professions, the flexible learning method promoted by BMS, would provide to the more forward-looking Sri Lankan executives with an uniquely viable learning opportunity to enhance their competencies without having to commit themselves to regularly attending the usually timetabled lecture sessions.”

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Further information is available from Patricia Greatorex, Director of Programmes, University of Leicester Management Centre, tel +44 (0)116 252 3959, fax +44 (0)116 252 3949, email

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