In Nepal, as elsewhere, management education has in recent years seen a tremendous growth both in terms of demand for and supply of a range of programs designed to meet the increasing need of professional managers across all sectors of economy and society. Predictably, a variety of university-based management education programs as well as non-academic management development programs have sprung up over the years in Nepal to meet the growing need of professionally-trained managers. Supply of professional managers, however, falls far short of their demand – both in quantity and quality. A huge demand for professional managers exists to manage an ever increasing number and variety of economic and social enterprises in the country.
A huge chunk of managers across all spectra of business, economic, public, and citizen sectors have not had, during their career, opportunities for formal management education or even high quality management training to shape and sharpen their managerial competencies and experience. This explains, at least partly, the generally low performance level of management prevalent in most Nepali enterprises. If performance of economic and social enterprises in Nepal is to be enhanced, these managers should be provided with proper and quality management education opportunities for their professional improvement. As in the other developed countries, in Nepal too the university-based continuing executive education programs designed and delivered in practitioners- friendly ways seem to be a major strategic response to this need.
Like management education, other technical and professional educational streams have also substantially grown in Nepal in the recent time. Many of the graduates of these programs set up their own enterprises or take up jobs in organizations before they pursue advanced degrees. Both these categories of science and technology graduates require managerial competencies to be successful in their ventures.
There are many business houses and citizen sector organizations who are interested in developing their managers through such short- term and practitioners-friendly formal university management education programs that are more flexible in delivery modality and adaptive to learning requirements of working managers.
Befitting its leader role in management education, the Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) now responds to the long outstanding need of Nepali enterprises. Directed by its strategy of diversifying products and markets and more deeply entrenching into the continuing executive education programs for the promotion of management profession and practices in the country, KUSOM offers innovative short term post-experience and application-oriented management education programs that links management knowledge with the real world of work to make KUSOM a destination of practicing managers. KUSOM offer two interlinked programs in general management: a. Diploma in Management (DipM) program; and b. Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDSM).