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Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at Open UniversityAdvanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at Open University

The Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management was initiated to disseminate a methodical, theoretical knowledge in managing business among the people, thereby enabling them to make a vital contribution for the development of the country. Sri Lanka, as a developing country has taken tremendous efforts in enhancing the contribution of the entrepreneurs to the national economy.
Irrespective of the business climate around, however, most small and medium sized entrepreneurs have failed, suffered from slow growth and occasionally faded away from the industry due to the inadequate knowledge in managing their business efficiently and effectively. Considering the global trend and acknowledging the importance of the educating to produce entrepreneurs of high intellectual and professional calibre, the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) is conducting a one year program the Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management to fulfill these needs.
The program is designed to equip the student with all the essential knowledge required as an entrepreneur while encouraging him or her to plan studies at his or her own pace through the Open and Distance Learning we provide at The Open University.
This program consists of eight courses, including a project report, designed in a way that enhances the theoretical knowledge of the learners, while developing their entrepreneurial attitudes and skills. The ESBM program is conducted in Sinhalese, Tamil and English. The academic members of the FMS will guide the students when preparing the project report enlightening on how to develop a business venture proposal. Those students who successfully complete the program will qualify to gain admission to the Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) Degree program without sitting for the admission test.
Ladder starts from ESBM
FMS provides a ladder of opportunities for the students in strengthening the lifelong learning online line with the Open Distance Learning (ODL) methodology which begins with the ESBM program.
Who can Benefit? The FMS primarily focuses on offering programs for those who have not had an opportunity of obtaining a structured academic learning on Management in higher studies. This is mainly because FMS not only provides opportunity for the students from commerce stream but also opens its doors to students who are from other streams as well.
The students of the ESBM program established the society Hasaralla A CSR initiative with the theme of “in search of humanity”. This project was initiated to develop project management skills of the students while enhancing the cohesiveness among them by engaging in these activities. The financial contributions to fund the projects were received from the students themselves as well as from the sponsorships received from the corporate sector.
ESBM is a starting point to develop as an entrepreneur and to reach many more horizons in the field of Management studies. The Program coordinator is A. Harini Udara Perera.
The Public Information Division, The Open University of Sri Lanka – [email protected] / www.ou.ac.lk

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