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Welcome to the Commonwealth Executive MBA / MPA Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programmes

Top Quality Management Skills and Education through Open and Distance Learning - in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and South America and the South Pacific

Welcome Message from the Commonwealth of Learning


The Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration and Public Administration (CEMBA/CEMPA) programmes are the outcome of collaboration between the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and four open universities in South Asia: Allama Iqbal Open University (Pakistan), Bangladesh Open University, Indira Gandhi National Open University (India) and the Open University of Sri Lanka. Established in 2002, the CEMBA/CEMPA programme is now expanding through partnership with universities in Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and South America.

The Commonwealth of Learning aims to empower people with the learning that enables them to be agents of economic and social development. Our goal is to deliver high quality learning and professional development opportunities - with our Commonwealth Partner Universities - that complement existing MBA/MPA programmes in the participating countries.

Flexible and Modular Programmes

The CEMBA/CEMPA programmes are designed for part-time study by busy working professionals, in response to the growing demands for post-graduate level education in business and public administration.

The flexible and modular programmes allow students to choose either Business Administration (MBA) or Public Administration (MPA) as their major field of study. In addition, students have the option of several exit points after earning a diploma, graduate diploma or a Masters degree. The minimum completion time for the Commonwealth Executive MBA or MPA is two years.

Top Quality Curriculum

Instructional materials for each course were developed by subject experts drawn from various institutions in the Commonwealth. Curriculum developers from universities in Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India and Canada, wrote original course materials. Other courses were adapted and updated or acquired from existing courses at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), Charles Stuart University (Australia), and Massey University (New Zealand). Courses are updated regularly, most recently following a comprehensive evaluation by a team led by the University of South Africa.


The CEMBA / CEMPA Programmes have significant representation from our Partner Universities. They are governed by an Executive Governing Board and an Academic Board.

On behalf of the Commonwealth of Learning and the governing boards of our Partner Universities, we invite you to explore opportunities for advanced education in business or public administration through the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration (CEMBA/CEMPA) programmes.

Sir John Daniel
President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning
Chair, Academic Board, Commonwealth CEMBA/CEMPA Programmes

CEMBA / CEMPA Partner Universities



Country Partner Institution
Bangladesh Bangladesh Open University
Malaysia Wawasan Open University
Pakistan Allama Iqbal Open University
Sri Lanka Open University of Sri Lanka


Country Partner Institution
Ghana Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Mauritius Open University of Mauritius
Nigeria National Open University of Nigeria
Seychelles University of Seychelles

South America & the Caribbean

Country Partner Institution
Cayman Islands University College of the Cayman Islands
Jamaica University College of the Caribbean
Guyana University of Guyana

South Pacific (Initial Partners)

Country Partner Institution
Papua New Guinea University of Papua New Guinea