The Sri Lankan economy in the global context

Business cycles

Business cycles in the global and Sri Lankan economies

The aim of the course is to aid business executives understand the global and Sri Lankan economies, and our reports on these by providing an insight into our views on the economic foundations for understanding these economies and trends in them. Particular attention is paid to the foundations for our explanation of actual and forecast trends in the global and Sri Lankan economies for business and investment decision-making.

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What you'll get out of the course

About the trainer

Dr Howard Nicholas has over 40 years of teaching experience in universities and business schools in a number of countries including China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. From 1981-2020 he was based at the Institute of Social Studies (part of Erasmus University of Rotterdam), where he was awarded best-teacher award every year since the award was first given―from 2000 to 2020.

He is regularly invited to give lectures on the global economy and is known by those who have attended his lectures for his early warnings on the Asian crisis in 1997, the global crises of 2001 and 2008, the little known crisis of the Chinese economy in 2015, and the global crisis of 2020.


Who will benefit

The target group is those lower and middle level executives that are a) working in the financial sector and have need of a more practical understanding of the workings of this sector, or b) working in other sectors but have need of an understanding of the workings of the financial sector. This includes those with and without a formal training in the workings of financial markets. The only requirement for following the course is a desire to learn something of practical relevance, and using one’s own common-sense and logic to do so.


We recommended that those who want to follow this course first take the Business Economics short course and the Money and Financial markets short course.

In consideration of the limited time participants are likely to have, we offer compact courses with flexible schedules.

15 hours

2-3 weeks

Sri Lanka case study

Available in online format

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