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New Faculty at Open University, Management Studies Faculty Opens Doors to Distance Learning

The Faculty of Management Studies, which is the youngest and sixth faculty of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), open its doors with the vision of becoming “the Premier Management Education provider through Open and Distance Learning in Asia and ensure excellence, efficiency and equality in lifelong learning”.
OUSL which was established in 1980 as the premier Open and Distance Learning Institution in Sri Lanka and also in Asia where students and adults can pursue their studies through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) methodologies. It has been providing management education in this mode through the Department of Management Studies, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since 1990 and until the Establishment of the Faculty of Management Studies in August this year. Due to the nature of its teaching methodology and infrastructure, the Faculty of Management Studies is able to serve a large student population spread throughout the country.
The Faculty of Management Studies was established by the Gazette notification on May 8 and the academic activities of the faculty commenced on May 14 with the appointment of the dean and the heads for four departments: The Department of Organisational Studies, Department of Marketing Management, Department of Human Resources Management, and Department of Accounting and Finance. The Faculty of Management Studies is the 17thmanagement faculty in the university system in Sri Lanka. As part of the strategic plan, the Faculty of Management Studies intends to expand its portfolio in line with the developments in the field of management by introducing new degree programs at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels and student and staff exchange programs through national and international collaboration.
We always take pride in our academics who have excelled in learning and teaching to maintain a high level of commitment to deliver world class management education with an innovative pedagogy, organising industrial training, and combining academic programs with co-curricular events, further, by meticulously focusing on research to keep abreast with changes in the modern business world. The quality of the faculty in terms of teaching excellence and research productivity has been a prime driving force of our continued success. We create a sense of excitement, commitment and devotion among the faculty members and students.
This faculty is dedicated to facilitate undergraduates and postgraduates learning with contemporary theories and applications of management and related studies; to enhance their skills in critical thinking, research, analysis and communication and also to develop their personalities to meet the requirements of the ever-changing and complex local and global challenges and to make them productive citizens for society. We are conscious about the excellence of the academic programs.
Therefore, all our programs are aligned with the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF) and the subjects benchmarks. Further, the faculty has taken the steps to maintain the standard and the quality through the Quality Assurance Cell (QAC) which is aligned with the standardization of the Internal Quality Assurance Unit (IQAU) of the university and the Quality Assurance Council (QAC) of the University Grant Commission (UGC).
The Faculty presently offers a variety of high quality programs leading to Certificate, Diploma, and Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Degree and PhD qualifications, such as the Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Diploma in Management, Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (ESBM).
The Postgraduate programs, such as Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA), Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA), Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, MPhil and Ph.D. We have consistently ranked high and have entered into collaborations with world renowned organisations, such as Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Chartered Institute of Personal Management (CIPM). Our outreach throughout the island through the the nine Regional Centers and Nineteen Study Centers is currently serving more than 4,000 students. Moreover, the Faculty offers various management courses as by-subjects for the benefit of the students who follow Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Health Science and Education and Bachelor of Arts degree programs at the OUSL.
The Faculty of Management Studies is a dynamic, forward looking and modern faculty. Irrespective of whether one intends to study at undergraduate level or postgraduate level, at the FMS, you will find intellectual challenge and stimulation in a highly competitive environment.
The FMS is committed to realise the vision and mission of the university whilst furthering the management education of the country. We look forward to nurturing our graduates who will have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and commitment required to making a better world for everyone.

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