Neeta Sumanasekara

Global opportuities with an AIB MBA

  • Industry: Retail & Sales
  • Mode of study: Teaching Centre
  • Location: Sri Lanka
  • Programme: MBA
  • Themes: Networks
  • Motivation: Better Leader/Skills,Personal achievement
  • Challenges: Work Commitments
  • Seniority: Mid-Level

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As a global business school with a global business community, AIB has a wide range of graduates from a wide range of industries, spanning more than 70 countries.

While many students study with AIB via face-to-face learning or distance education, we also have a great collection of students who have completed their accredited MBA through one of our approved Teaching Centres around the world.

Neeta Sumanasekara is just one such student who took advantage of the global business opportunities presented by the Australian Institute of Business. She completed an MBA to broaden her market knowledge, increase her theoretical understanding of business and take another step in her career ambitions.

Having completed a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Columbo, Neeta said the MBA would be a great addition to her academic repertoire.

“One day, I’d love to complete my PhD with an Australian institution, so an Australian based and accredited MBA programme was a great step in that direction,” Neeta said.

The other major drawcard for completing her degree through AIB’s Teaching Centre, Oxford College of Business in Sri Lanka, was the recognition of AIB’s MBA programme both in her home country and internationally.

“The course is accredited in Australia, and it still recognised by the University Grants Commission in Sri Lanka – that, in addition to the reasonable price and flexible course options, and the practical focus of the programme was of crucial importance to me.”

As the Senior Supply Chain Manager for Midas Safety in Sri Lanka, Neeta undertook a generic MBA and was able to undertake subjects of great interest to her including Supply Chain Management, Corporate Governance and Operations Management.

She praised her classmates, who were in similar managerial positions across a wide range of industries.

“We had a great bunch of people in the MBA class – they were from a variety of different industries including manufacturing, finance, transport and government. We would often study together, working on practical scenarios we may find in different industries and apply relevant critical theories. It really helped me to understand the application of theory, and was incredibly useful throughout my studies”

Neeta said juggling her demanding role with her intense studies was, at times, a struggle – but she has praised the excellent team at Oxford College of Business.

“We had an excellent team who were able to provide a great deal of assistance and advice to us.”