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ENU launches degree courses on Mobitel mLearning

Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) of Scotland, UK launched its degree courses in Sri Lanka on the Mobitel mLearning platform recently. With this partnership Sri Lankan students who seek UK qualifications can follow ENU courses online at a lower cost.

The Dean of Edinburgh Napier Business School, Professor George Stonehouse and Assistant Dean, Academic Development Professor Sandra Watson were in Colombo to launch the program and they met the Minister of Higher Education S.B. Dissanayake and other officials.

Prof. Sandra Watson Prof. George Stonehouse

Prof. Stonehouse said that ENU will start MBA courses first and then will expand to DBA programs and general degree courses in HR management, Finance and Hospitality.

He said that the Mobitel mLearning platform is the best technical platform they have met.

It provides virtual class rooms with online real time learning facilities for students enabling them to interact with teachers. The online degree program is similar to normal degree programs of the university and students are considered as internal students of the university.

The only difference is that they are not physically present in the ENU, Scotland.

However, the program is flexible and students have options to follow some semesters at the university in Scotland.

Prof.Watson said that ENU is among the top ten universities in UK and employability of graduates is very high.

The MBA course launched in Sri Lanka is mainly for working people who are looking at higher education opportunities.

This fully interactive online education program is flexible for them to study with their busy schedules.

It is cost effective as students have to pay only the course fee. Lectures, assignments and examinations are conducted online. ENU has campuses in Hong Kong and Singapore. This is the first online degree program launched by ENU, she said.

The required qualifications for MBA are a degree and three years work experience. Those with good academic qualifications but do not have work experience as well as experienced executives who do not have a degree too can follow the courses.

ENU is the first foreign university to launch degree courses in Sri Lanka on the Mobitel mLearning platform.

The Open University, University of Colombo, University of Ruhuna and CIMA already conduct degree courses using the mLearning platform.

Mobitel mLearning is an exclusive purpose-built globally accessible content delivery and learning platform. It provides a collaborative learning environment where tailor-made educational environments can be built to provide wide-ranging learning management solutions. The educational tool comprises a wide range of applications.

It combines the most productive elements of current e-learning applications with multiple user interactive video conferencing features, slides, virtual smart boards, material upload facilities, content management facilities and also SMS and email and off line messaging.

The virtual class room setting adds a fully interactive element to the learning experience.




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