Whats it all about
If any of you have receiced an SMS saying that read “Kickstart
your Career with the University 18 Online EMBA and MS in IT Programs for
professionals in India,UK and /uae “
Call it EMBA, or Education 2.0.that is the hybrid of web
2.0 technology and education. Its the next generation of online education. University
18 has changed the traditional college course into an academic experience that
you can attend to from your bedroom. Many
of you may think that this not very well accepted in the real world but an
online mba can be fun ,convenient and as knowledgeable as any “real world” mba
University 18 has students from 5 continents and uses new age cloud computing
to create virtual
classrooms under the “Learning Management System” that is affiliated and
accredited to the Karnataka State University,Uttarakhand Open University and
Don Bosco University.
Programs and Pricing
Karnataka State Open University
|EXecutive MBA||38,000||1 year|
|MBA IT||48,000||2 years|
|MBA Entrepreneurship||48,000||2 years|
|MBA with specialisation||48,000||2 years|
|MS IT||56,000||2 years|
Don Bosco University
|Executive MBA||85,000||1 year|
|MBA with Specialisation||60,000||2 years|
|MBA ENtrepreneurship||60,000||2 years|
|MBA Technology Management||60,000||2 years|
|MS IT||85,000||2 years|
How the Online Process works
Its not harder than watching tv and flicking channels
with the remote. “Virtual Classes” are conducted twice a week early in the
morning, so that makes it easier for working professionals to attend before they leave for
Faculty member will conduct each session via webcam and microphone via voice
chat.The program required to run this interface is called UBS virtual classroom
and a picture is shown below.The software of course provided by UBS.
On the right are the names of student who are attending
the classroom at any given time. If for any reason you cant attend a particular
class, you can always record it and watch it later. This online class is just
another version of the classic “webinar” that’s been in existence on the net for
many years now.
As far as Online Examinations are concerned, those
unfortunately cannot be given from your bedroom, but at an exam center under
the invigilance of a “real” staff member.A CBT (computer based test) will have
to be taken at the exam venue. University 18 has an online form called the
Flexibooking system whereby the candidate can choose his exam center venue, date
and time.You can pre book the exam and the booking will hold for a maximum of
60 days.Below is a snapshot of the flexibooking system. Online exam for
international students is done via the OWPE or online web proctored exam on
their own laptop/desktop .
BOTTOMLINE, IS IT WORTH IT?
An EMBA from University 18 is extremely worthwhile for
people who already have a small business running, people who run family businesses
and don’t have the time to leave their business and apply for even a part time
MBA in other colleges. Working professionals have that liberty of taking up a
part time MBA course but businessman find it harder, so this might suit them.
Also,an EMBA is more self learning and direct management implementation,
therefore small business owners can apply these management fundamentals to help
boost their business and don’t really need a degree of great value to show
someplace, a long as they can learn good management skills its more than
Executive mangers in their 30s and 40s who are at senior
levels in companies also find it extremely difficult to opt for even a part
time MBA in the real world, hence an Executive EMBA from University 18 would greatly
polish up their managerial skills,as it is also specially designed short term
course of only 1 year for high level executives with extremely busy schedules.
People who are already working at a job and want to climb higher the career
ladder with the help of an MBA degree might not get the necessary weightage
with an EMBA.Even though the curriculum is exactly the same as that what you
would get at a conventional B School,when going out to get a job,it just wont
be as attractive as real world classroom MBA degree. EMBA and online learning
are still new concepts, as they ultimately give you a degree from an affiliate
open university, and for you to convince a new
employers and the HRD to hire you might be a hard task.
On the other hand, given the low costs and
convenience.(it costs one tenth the tuition of a regular MBA degree) and the
comfort of your home, it seems like a fantastic idea.
Other students who have enrolled can share thier thoughts with this
University 18 review post.