Oxford College of Business, one of Sri Lanka’s pioneer and leading business schools in the country has received ISO 9001:2008 certification, it has announced.
ISO 9001 is an international standard which shows that an organisation has been independently assessed, and has an effective framework for quality management. ISO 9001 is a very widely recognised standard; being used in over 175 countries worldwide and 1,064,000 organisations.
The Chairman of Oxford College of Business (OCB) said “becoming ISO 9001 certified helped us identify many of our procedures which were outdated or ineffective, it also helped us to update them and therefore become more efficient and productive. Furthermore becoming certified also meant that we needed to have certain mechanisms in place so our procedures and their effectiveness are continually being monitored so that we are able to constantly improving and optimizing them. This is very much a part of the ISO “plan, do, check, act” philosophy, striving for continual development, which we have now inculcated to all our staff, says the Chairman of OCB.”
The Chairman of OCB also goes on to say that “the certification also helped us to outline our quality procedures, which was helpful in a number of ways; it meant that all employees are clear on the companies quality policy, procedure which helps us to service our customers consistently according to international standards. Not only will ISO certification help OCB becoming more efficient and productive, an advantage we also feel that ISO 9001:2008 certification will most likely result in its costs being lowered due to there being less rejected work and waste.”
“The ISO 9001:2008 quality certification recognises that the quality policies, quality practices and quality procedures of our company and ensure consistent quality of service delivery within the organisation,” said the Managing Director of OCB. To become certified as ISO 9001:2008 compliant, OCB underwent a thorough evaluation process that included, development of a formal quality procedure, quality policy, maintaining, implementing and delivering a quality service to all our stakeholders consistently. The process took us over 6 months to implement and the audits that were conducted and certificated, were certified by TUV SUD, one of the world’s leading global certification companies.
“We are pleased to have achieved ISO 9001:2008 certifications for Oxford College of Business, which is another important feather on our cap. Especially in the business of education, delivery of quality education is of paramount importance, I am sure that the delivery of quality education will soon became an important feature within in the Sri Lankan education system. How good any program is, is judged by the quality and by its delivery. However there are only a few business schools in the country which is ISO 9001 certified, it is important that Business Schools should dedicate themselves to obtain ISO certification, which also shows its customers the commitment to quality education. ISO 9001:2008 certifications are part of our constant commitment to the delivery of quality education. Delivery of high quality education to all our customers’ is an integral part to the company’s core values and sustainability initiatives. This standard reinforces how we continue to adhere to the highest standards of quality to our customers, partner universities, employees, subcontractors and all other stakeholder,” said the programs director of OCB.
About Oxford College of Business
Oxford College of Business which is one of the pioneer higher education providers in Sri Lanka which has been in existence for over 10 years. Set-up in 2003, is one of the few professionally run premier Business Schools working for the accomplishment of a mission- ‘To develop skilled business leaders for industry and business, by offering value-based quality education’ in the field of Business. It has made rapid strides & emerged as a business school of excellence for providing postgraduate programs, & modern management, by intensive and meaningful teaching methods, as well as regular inputs from an industry reputed faculty. Oxford College of Business grooms its students to excel as future corporate leaders, who can compete with the very best in the global arena and cater to the growing expectations of the corporate world.OCB has always been proactive in adapting to the changing needs of corporate sectors and takes great pride in currently offering some of the world renowned undergraduate, post graduates and professional qualifications.
Oxford College of Business has partnerships with the following world renowned Universities: Herriot Watt University (UK), Australian Institute of Business (AIB) and Association of Business Executives (ABE-UK) to deliver some of the country’s most popular undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programs.
The Association of Business Executives (ABE)
Today OCB is considered the automatic choice for students pursuing the ABE (UK) qualification. Oxford College of Business is arguably the most popular ABE accredited centers in Sri Lanka and is also regarded as the largest ABE provider in the country. Oxford College of Business has also earned the reputation for high quality teaching at the ABE level, this has been vindicated by the number of world prize winners OCB has produced since its inception. Over the past 10 years Oxford College of Business has produced a staggering 10 world prize winners and 1 President Prize winner a feat which has never been achieved by any other business school in the country.
Heriot Watt University
The Prestigious Heriot Watt University (HWU) offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy & Finance (BAF), and MSc in Business Psychology in Sri Lanka. Heriot Watt University is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK, with its origins dating back to 1821, located in Edinburgh. The University is consistently ranked as one of the top Universities in the UK. Well known for its pioneering work in business studies, engineering, and science as well as educating the industrialists, leaders, professionals and thinkers of the future. In 2013/14 the Guardian ranked HWU 18th in UK and the University is listed among the top 5% of universities in the world. Oxford College of Business is the Exclusive Learning Partner for Heriot Watt University in Sri Lanka.
Over the years OCB has produced some rare undergraduate students. To name a few: Chanaka Weerakoon an Undergraduate student from the 2013 batch successfully completed his degree in the Business Management disciplines, with the award of Distinction and was named top graduate from all those who achieved the award around the world. Ms. Nilukshi Wijesiri a student from the 2012 batch was awarded a Bachelors Degree with a Distinction from Heriot Watt University. The award of Degree with Distinction is only awarded to students who have 6 Grade A’s at Stage 3 (Degree final year). This is very high level of achievement, which is less than 3% of all HWU graduates have achieved to date.
Australian Institute of Business
Oxford College of Business is also the exclusive Teaching Center for the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) in Sri Lanka to deliver the most popular MBA program in the country today, popularly known as the ‘12month MBA’. The 12month AIB MBA is ranked #3 in Australia and ranked #10 in the world according to the CEO Magazine (UK).