Shehara Gamage – MSc 2018 / 19.

About NEXT Education Group

It’s not a qualification that we deliver it’s a passion that we ameliorate at Next Education Group.

NEXT Education Group is a Global Transnational Education provider with students in Colombo, Dubai, Qatar, Singapore, etc. NEXT Currently partners with Birmingham City University & London Metropolitan University Offering students the opportunity to push forward the boundaries of knowledge.

Here you’ll find information about the structure of the Institute, our services and facilities and our corporate information.

If you’re looking for a general introduction to the London Metropolitan University and Birmingham City University, or you’re thinking about studying here, look at our course listings, events and latest news. Our support services are designed to ensure that you receive all the guidance you can during your time with us.

If our website leaves with unanswered questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


At Next Education Group we believe in changing lives. Our Campus located in the heart of the cites we operate in offers an array of services and facilities ranging from 3 day Master Classes to customized corporate trainings.

We also offer you fantastic student guidance services as we put our students at the center of all we do. We can help you with course guidance and general career advice. We also offer counselling services. Our support services are designed to ensure that you receive all the guidance you can during your time with us.

Find out about our services and facilities below.

Whether you are planning the next step in your career or working towards achieving your career goals the 3-day Master Program is designed to facilitate students with the convenience of covering course modules by attending lectures thrice a month.

We offer intensive corporate training to our students in the areas of Strategy, Leadership, Supply Chain, Operations, Demand Planning, Executive Development and Finance.

Our well experienced staff know what it’s like to be a student whilst balancing other responsibilities hence may it be personal or emotional difficulties that may be of your concern or it is career advice that you are seeking we at Next IMD provide a confidential space to express your thoughts through our student guidance counsellors.

MA, MBA, DipM(UK),
MCIM, Chartered Marketer


MBA, BA (Hons), PgDDS
Doctoral Researcher – University of Lancaster


MA, MBA, DipM(UK),
MCIM, Chartered Marketer

MBA, BA (Hons), PgDDS
Doctoral Researcher – University of Lancaster

Dusty Alahakoon

Dusty is the Chairman of NEXT Education Group and a Non-Executive Director at Pepper Cube Consultants and the former Managing Director of Heineken Lanka. He is a corporate trainer, speaker at forums and a lecturer for Master’s programs specializing in strategy, leadership and change.

Dusty has over 25 years industry experience with leading multinational companies, in diverse sectors, in different functions and leadership levels. He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry (1991-1995) and then moved to Caterpillar Marketing Services (1996-1998). He then moved into brand management in FMCG (1999) before taking a research role at British American Tobacco (BAT) PLC Colombo. Finally, he was Head of Brands at BAT (2000-05), and moved as Head of Marketing to Coca-Cola Sri Lanka (2006-11). Currently, he is the Managing Director at Heineken Lanka since 2011.

Dusty completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK and became a Fellow Member and a Charted Marketer. He completed his MBA in 2002. Dusty is the first Sri Lankan to be selected and graduate (2017-19) from the ‘Executive Masters for Coaching & Consulting for Change (EMC)’ at INSEAD Campus. Currently, he is reading for his doctorate.

Dusty has been trained in University of Pretoria in Johannesburg, INSEAD Campus in Fontainebleau and Harvard Business School in Boston on leadership and strategic management. His areas of research interests revolve around managing change both at individual and corporate level with particular focus on digital transformation and

CEO succession and transition.

In his free time, he enjoys teaching, cycling, and travelling to new destinations. He is the founder of “Life after School Foundation” dedicated for career guidance and shaping future talent for corporate sector.


Kumudu Abeyawardena

Kumudu joined NEXT Education Group as the founder General Manager in 2007, and is currently the CGO of NEXT Education Group.

Kumudu started her career as a professional banker at HSBC, she first moved to the education sector when she joined British Council in 2002. Prior to joining NEXT, Kumudu was attached to ICBT Campus Sri Lanka as the Head of Postgraduate Division, where she was responsible for the delivery of multiple Master’s courses and a DBA.

Kumudu has worked with multiple University partners and awarding bodies from US, UK and Australia. Kumudu holds a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences, a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Economics and an MBA from Birmingham City University. In addition, she holds a full professional qualification from Institute of Bankers and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) Sri Lanka.

She is currently a doctoral candidate on the PhD in Educational Research – Higher Education at University of Lancaster, UK.