The updating of the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Administration (CeMBA/CeMPA) programme to meet contemporary needs, the revision and adding of courses, and introducing more specialisation streams were among the decisions taken at the recent Commonwealth of Learning (COL)-led meetings held at WOU.
She also mentioned that COL has developed gender guidelines or incentives after consultations with partners in order to draw more women into the programme, adding that this will be re-looked to make it more inclusive without diluting the programme quality.
On the topic of programme specialisation, she stated that three streams have been proposed in HR, Finance and Marketing. “There is a general consensus that specialisation is the way to go to offer more options and to upgrade the programme.”
Prof Kanwar also shared about the decision to review 2 courses, Research Methods and Quantitative Techniques, and once these courses are ready they will be reviewed by the Academic Board and authorised to offer by the EGB. “We want any new courses which we develop to be based on OER to save time and to harvest the best quality content which is available free on the Internet.”
Prof Mohee highlighted that a 6-credit course on Sustainable Development has been developed by OUM (Mauritius) and is now available as an OER course to all CeMBA/MPA partner institutions to add as an elective from this academic year.