Continuous Professional Development Programs organised by IIESL

Views - 23 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

IIESL has initiated Continuous Professional Development Programs in order to enhance the knowledge and skills of its Associate Members, and also to upgrade the professional standards of NCT certificate holders who are willing to join IIESL as Associa

Gamini Obeysekara wins Janabhimani Honorary Award 2018

Views - 17 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

The Janabhimani 2018 Honorary Awards Ceremony, organized by the All Island Independent Journalists Organisation, was held on 11 December at Jasmine Hall, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Gamini Obeysekara was awarded the Janabhima

CMA Sri Lanka Speech Craft ninth batch excel in Fast Track Completion

Views - 24 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

The Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka’s (CMA) relentless pursuit to equip professional accountants with communication and leadership skills had another twist to the ninth batch, under the guidance of Founder President Profe

DFCC Bank awards internships to 6 successful Samata English students

Views - 22 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

DFCC Bank is giving rise to a group of confident youth by imparting proficiency in spoken English, thereby enhancing their career prospects through its Samata English CSR program. More importantly, the bank extends internship opportunities for the to

CAs must strengthen their emotional intelligence: CA Sri Lanka Training Partners Forum

Views - 74 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Over 100 Supervising Members came together at the annual Training Partners Forum organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka). At the forum, the need to inculcate aspiring Chartered Accountants with professional sk

Employer-supported childcare brings substantial benefits for child, business and economy: IFC Report

Views - 113 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

‘Tackling childcare: The business case of employer-supported childcare in Sri Lanka’, a report produced by IFC-led and DFAT-supported Women in Work, in collaboration with UNICEF Sri Lanka, was launched in Colombo recently. The report reaches out

Abbotsleigh tea plantation workers speak out against harsh living and working conditions

Views - 28 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00 Last week, a group of workers from the Abbotsleigh tea estate, with the assistance of the Socialist Equality Party, resolved to establish an action committee to advance their fight for higher wages and improved conditions. The estate is

China honours Sri Lankan-born American diplomat-scholar with International Confucius Award

Views - 59 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:19

QUFU, China: The National Confucius Research Institute of China recently honoured Professor Patrick Mendis with the International Confucius Award. The Sri Lankan-born American diplomat is currently a distinguished visiting professor of Sino-American

Governance makes leadership sustainable: Rotary Sri Lanka and Maldives

Views - 20 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:16

Rotary which is the only service organisation which has a permanent nonvoting seat in the UN, staged a leadership seminar which brought out a key take out for Sri Lanka ‘Governance makes leadership sustainable’. The panel included business perso

SLASSCOM hosts Skills Day 2018: Industry-Academia Roundtable

Views - 23 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

The SLASSCOM Skills Day and Industry-Academia Roundtable was held on 8 November at the Movenpick Hotel, with over 100 attendees representing academics from state and private universities, government officials and heads of knowledge services companies

MTI presents on ‘The Future of Work’ at Euro Conference in Spain

Views - 71 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

MTI Consulting, led by it Senior Consultant Darshan Singh, was voted as a top presenter for the second year running at the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) Conference in Marbella in Spain. The conference was attended by 125 participants fro

CMA Sri Lanka 15th Graduation Ceremony 2018

Views - 26 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

The Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA) held its 15th graduation ceremony under the distinguished patronage of the Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson on 11 December at Kingsbury Balmoral Ballroom.

CA Sri Lanka confers 356 students with degrees, MBAs, CTAs and diplomas at joint convocation

Views - 40 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

At a joint convocation organised by CA Sri Lanka’s School of Accounting and Business, School of Taxation and Business School, a total of 356 students were conferred with degrees, MBAs, CTAs as well as Postgraduate Diplomas and Executive Diplomas.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 to highlight disability inclusion

Views - 30 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

The need to build a more inclusive society must include the estimated 1 billion people in the world living with a disability. This will be a key message at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019, on 22-25 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

New ILO figures show 164 million people are migrant workers

Views - 33 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9% since 2013, when they numbered 150 million. According to the 2nd edition of the ILO’s Global Estimates on International Migrant Work

Sri Lanka’s migrant women domestic workers: The FBR five years on

Views - 133 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

In a country where female migrant workers greatly impact its social fabric, International Migrants Day presents an opportunity to reflect on how Sri Lanka can strengthen its mechanisms to assist safe migration. Sri Lanka’s Family Background Repor

Advancing gender parity in Sri Lanka

Views - 239 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Asia-Pacific today is a true engine of growth in the world—a region that has barely tapped its potential to develop, invest, and innovate. But as the region speeds ahead, the dynamics of its workforce, one that was predominantly male in the past, i

Australian Presence Legal set to launch migration strategic advisory services in Sri Lanka

Views - 100 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:20

Australian Presence Legal (APL), an established full-service commercial and immigration law firm based in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, is set to continue the expansion of its consultancy services to provide face to face consult

CIPM bestowed CA Sri Lanka SME Compliance Award for 6th consecutive year

Views - 27 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:18

CIPM Sri Lanka – the leader in human resource management was bestowed the CA Sri Lanka Small & Medium Enterprises Sector (SME) Compliance Award 2018 for the sixth consecutive year at the recently concluded 54th CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards Cer

Foresight and innovation for public sector excellence

Views - 44 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:10

Recognising the vital role of a strong public sector in the achievement of Sri Lanka’s ambitious development goals, Citra, Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab, through a partnership with the Ministry of Public Administration and Law and Order

CIMA-KPMG Diploma in Performance Management: Opening up new avenues for Lankan professionals

Views - 505 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:07

KPMG Sri Lanka Managing Partner Reyaz Mihular and CIMA Regional Director MESANA Geetu Ahuja recently spoke about the new diploma launched jointly. They said that the Diploma in Performance Management will open up new avenues for Sri Lankan profession

AGC Lanka and Everthought Australia introduce Aussie trade skills

Views - 157 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:05

Tenth December was a monumental day in the history of Sri Lankan higher education as AGC Lanka and Everthought Australia announced the launch of Australian curriculum based trade skills learning programs that are aimed to provide colossal economic op

Extraordinary leaders recognised at Fonterra Infinity Awards 2018

Views - 30 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Fostering leadership across an organisation may prove to be a unique “leveller” in today’s world, according to the Forbes Coaches Council, an expert community of top coaches. Moving forward, more employees will have a taste of leadership and be

Ubiquity University partners IIHRM

Views - 88 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Ubiquity University and The Institute of Human Resource Management (IIHRM) have entered into a strategic partnership promoting the development and credentialing of essential soft skills for corporate entities across Sri Lanka. IIHRM, now Ubiquity’s

Ricky Mendis funds British Council’s Rs. 65 m Teacher Education for English Program

Views - 30 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Earlier this year, in March, the British Council in Sri Lanka partnered with Ricky Mendis to announce the launch of a new project to improve the quality of English language education in Sri Lanka, namely the Teacher Education for English, a British C

Getting more women in the workforce

Views - 198 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

The current female labour force participation in Sri Lanka is around 36%. This means that a disproportionate majority of women still remain outside the labour market, with limited or no access to wages, pensions and other benefits tied to gainful emp

Second batch of Customs Officers begin their unique MBA at PIM

Views - 38 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), the nation’s management mentor has in recent years tailor-made its MBA programs to suit the specific requirements of some State sector institutions dedicated to enforce revenue and social protection l

Pradeep Siriwardane Outstanding Sri Lankan Alumnus of the Year 2018

Views - 140 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

Runit Lanka Ltd. CEO and ex-CEO/GM of Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, Ministry of Tourism Development, Pradeep Siriwardane was recognised as the ‘Outstanding UCD Sri Lankan Alumnus of the Year 2018’ by University College, Dublin, at the official pre

How to build a business

Views - 42 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

For someone who has started and run four businesses, and is among India’s leading business coaches, Rajiv Talreja is extremely forthcoming about his mistakes. “In 2014 I told myself as an entrepreneur, I should probably accept that I don’t know

Integration of research, technology to accounting profession vital: Experts

Views - 91 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:38

Top academics yesterday pointed out that integration of research and technology which is somewhat alien to the accounting profession needs to be inculcated into the curriculum to remain relevant and face disruption amidst unknown challenges in the di

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