Sujata Gamage

Yahapalana record of the Government

/ Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:01

  Even today, after a historic defeat of an all-powerful President and removal of substantial powers of presidency and the establishme...


The socio-cultural dimension of the human capital question and technology solutions

/ Wednesday, 17 August 2016 00:02

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Pic by Upul Abayasekera At the Human Capital Summit which was held last week, Prime Minister R...


Public or Private: All medical students should pay-up?

/ Wednesday, 3 August 2016 00:00

Lost in the for-or-against-SAITM debate is the ethicality of exchanging a medical degree obtained free-of-charge for higher remuneration ...


Let us say ‘Black July: Never again’ through the right electoral system

/ Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00

    The challenge in constitutional reforms is to have the long-term goal of a Sri Lankan identity, while giving the space f...


Mediocrity and ethnic rivalry: A toxic combination in University of Jaffna?

/ Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

  If we care about higher education in Sri Lanka, we need to maintain or reduce the State-funded opportunities, put more money into ex...


Cabinet portfolios after one year: Spotlight on education

/ Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:09

The Cabinet of the new Government elected on 8 August 2015 made nearly 700 decisions during the last 11 months, and 36 of these decisions ...


Education and social mobility: A broken link?

/ Wednesday, 6 July 2016 00:10

   Free education may have served the purpose of politicians by keeping up a façade of equality, but it is time to take of...


Brexit success and the response of universities

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:10

 W.A. Wijewardena in his Daily FT column on 27 June questions whether the UK Universities and the research sector is the biggest casualty in t...


Higher education in Asia: Making the most of private investments for public objectives

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:01

    If the Government does the needed regulation, private investments in higher education can be directed towards the pub...


Electoral reforms should not be left to politicians

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00

Electoral reforms are back on the political agenda. By all accounts, the present proportional representation (PR) system is to be changed to a &lsq...


Higher education in Asia and the Public-Private distinction

/ Wednesday, 8 June 2016 00:10

    There are burning issues in higher education in Sri Lanka, but the notion that “state universities are good - o...


Is a degree worth the cost?

/ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

If a family can afford to pay, higher education is worth the cost. However, when tax revenues are spent or  students borrow to atte...


Men, women and the public space

/ Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:00

Earlier I wrote about men, women and their relationships. It was more about the personal space within our family units.  Women rule the pers...


Non-workers on parade on workers day

/ Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00

Since the famous Haymarket riots in Chicago in 1884 that led to international recognition for a day dedicated to rights of workers, May Da...


Understanding our youth

/ Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

  Beginning this decade, Sri Lanka will experience a decreasing youth population and the dividend potential will decrease accordingly. Th...


Avurudu: When we eat the same thing at the same time

/ Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00

  This is one day when we can bridge many divides in our society and almost all of us eat the same thing at the same time &nbs...


Vocational-professional continuum: Antidote to the vocational-academic divide?

/ Wednesday, 6 April 2016 00:00

The red and white barber poles in old barber shops in Europe and USA is a relic from the time when barbers also functioned as surgeons. The pole is...


Bridging the vocational-academic divide

/ Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00

  The Budget for 2016 targeted a substantial increase for education with little attention paid to systemic changes   ...


Power in the park and the Horapalana-Jathika Chintana toxic combination

/ Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:00

    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka writes that the joint Opposition crowd that gathered at Hyde Park on 17 March represents leftis...


Present public universities as leaders of innovation: An oxymoron?

/ Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:00

 An oxymoron is a situation where seemingly contradictory elements are brought together. In the present case the contradictory elements are in...


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Gem and jewellery industry: Criticality of a paradigm shift

24 August 2016

  The sapphire pendant in the movie Titanic had an impact on subsequent sapphire sales   Sri Lanka is renowned worldwide for fine gemstones ever since the very early days of international shipping routes and trade...


Yahapalana record of the Government

24 August 2016

  Even today, after a historic defeat of an all-powerful President and removal of substantial powers of presidency and the establishment of independent commissions, the three wheels of good governance – the Government, the State...


Sustainability Now: Creating a circular economy for Sri Lanka

24 August 2016

Before the industrial revolution started in England in the 18th century consumer products were handmade locally and consumed at a small scale. Since then the development of machines, the rise of the factory system, computerisation and fast moving ...


Colombo’s office market a steady return yielding asset class in real estate

24 August 2016

  Financial indicators in the commercial office market are considered as the mirror of the demand and supply situation. Currently, as the Colombo office market witnesses occupancy levels as high as 95%, occupiers intending to expand ...


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