Guidelines for Admission Test for CMBA/CMPA Programme.


The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping the developing nations improved access to quality education and training. Through its own resources and its extensive networks, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) provides a wealth of services and collaborative opportunities for policy makers, institutions and distance education practitioners to encourage the development of the use of open and distance learning (ODL) policies, systems and applications. 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. The commonwealth Master of Business Administration and Public Administration (CMBA/ CMPA) Programme is the outcome of collaboration between the Common- wealth of Learning (COL) and three open universities in South Asia: Allama Iqbal Open University (Pakistan), Bangladesh Open University, 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 CMBA/CMPA Programme is 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 programme allows 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. So pat yourself on the back. You are now a part of this highly prestigious program having focus on excellence. My most important message to you is that you should have high dreams to fulfill and greater heights to search and reach.

Prof Asha Kanwar

President & CEO, Commonwealth of Learning

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you at the platform of Commonwealth MBA/MPA Programme for Executives, Allama Iqbal Open University, one of the mega universities of the world. The doors of this mega university are open for each and every citizen of Pakistan and even for the foreigners living in the territory of Pakistan. In terms of students' enrolment, it is truly the largest university of the country. This university provides education of international standard at the doorsteps of the students with an affordable cost. Allama Iqbal Open University is the pioneer of distance learning education in Asia. With the collaboration of commonwealth of Learning, AIOU has taken steps towards virtual education. This programme is the outcome of close collaboration between Commonwealth and the National Open Universities of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Guyana, and Nigeria. It aims to complement existing MBA/MPA programs in meeting the growing demands for post- graduate level of education in business and public administration in commonwealth countries. Designed for busy working professionals, the programme can be completed by the students at their own pace. The minimum completion time for MBA or MPA is two years. The programme is offered in online and distance learning modes with enhanced face to face components. This MBA/MPA Program for Executives prepares you to assume greater management responsibilities, extend your comprehension and application of the latest managerial concepts and techniques and broadens your understanding of the organization in the competitive international environment. This program has been designed to accommodate the busy executives' schedule, to satisfy the appetite for lifelong learning, and to offer a rewarding opportunity to grow professionally. Classes are held on the weekends, minimizing time spent away from the office and home, while maximizing the benefits through the facilities only a distance learning institution of the statute of Allama Iqbal Open University can provide. This MBA/ MPA program is designed to meet not only current managerial demands, but those of the future as well as to polish the critical capabilities of the participants. The challenges to our higher education system, particularly the Universities are to carve out a path and a strategy for themselves so that they can be effective instruments in the process of transformation of this country. Simply producing employ- able graduates is not enough. Creation of new knowledge and innovative mind should be the focus of higher educational system. With this aim in mind, we are making sincere and committed efforts to develop this University as a well-recognized and established centre of higher education. We are striving to produce better individuals with right interests, attitude, moral and intellectual values. We are helping the students to develop their knowledge, skills, competence and attitude to use them for growth and prosperity of the society. I wish a very bright future for all of you. I hope that after getting education from AIOU, you will become an asset for the country and you will be able to play an important role for the development and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.

Prof.Dr.Shahid Siddique

Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University
Admission Process
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The Special features of open learning and distance education.

COL MBA is unique program offered in perspective of Pakistan, having international standards. The Faculty consists of mature and seasoned professional having complete grip over their subjects. The curriculum is of International standard, devised keeping in view the commitments of students, yet nothing is left out. All the tutorials and Professors are learned and have name in their respective Fields. COL MBA is the only E MBA available with InternationalStandards backed by Common Wealth. It is a Post Graduate study that has given me an excellent opportunity to enhance my learning by an International University at par with International standards. The learning process is more of interactive nature, with systematic and methodical assignments directed at enhancing learning with end semester exams. COL MBA has definitely enhanced my learning and vision.

Dr.Shahid Farooq Malik

Pakistan Army

If you are looking for a high energy, stimulating and challenging program- me of high caliber professionals, this is the programme you should attend. I really appreciate the fact that the faculty goes out of their way to mingle and participants. This is a comprehensive learning experience for me. Throughout my career I have attended various educational programmes and courses. All these combined equal the experience of CMBA/CMPA programme for Executives. All the Materials, lectures and discussions are on target. The faculty is inspirational; I have gained a clarification of priorities in my role in leading organization. I feel energized, with an agenda and a sense of urgency to pursue it. COL MBA/MPA programme is an outstanding opportunity to test and share your ideas among the leading professionals.

Amjad Saleem

Nestle Pakistan

Out of the many options for working towards MBA degree, I choose COL MBA for the promise of its high standards. The course content, the structure of tutorials, the quality of teaching staff, the rigorous assignments and the international recognition by virtue of Commonwealth oversight, make COL MBA an intellectually enriching experience. I value my association with Allama Iqbal Open University immensely.

Faisal Safdar Khan

Joint Director


Allama Iqbal Open University COL MBA/MPA Programme Office Block 11,Sector H-8, Islamabad, Tel:+92-051-9057840,9250090