Sujata Gamage

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...


Men, women and their relationship

/ Wednesday, 9 March 2016 00:10

We should start from the basics of giving more life skills to both boys and girls in our education by gradually moving to mixed educationa...


Arts and Humanities education deserves a second look

/ Wednesday, 2 March 2016 00:00

Dedicated to Late Prof. Senake Bandaranayake, Professor of Archaeology and a champion of Arts and Humanities education, on his first death annivers...


Provinces are asserting authority in education, finally

/ Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

To date the Central Government has either maintained or expanded its bureaucratic arm in regard to the devolved subjects, with education b...


Sinha-Le and the ethno-religious identity wars

/ Wednesday, 3 February 2016 00:00

 Minorities assert their identity by overtly ethno-religious or other ideological displays as a reaction to dominance by a majority. The major...


Governability in the absence of a powerful executive presidency

/ Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00

    Abolishing the executive presidency and reforming the electoral system are two key issues under consideration in the ...


A constitution is only as good as its society

/ Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:00

These are not ideal times for constitutional changes, in Sri Lanka in particular. There is still too much meanness and the atmosphere is s...


Values for the 21st century

/ Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

     President Maithripala Sirisena was elected on a platform that emphasised values. “A man to restore disapp...


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Brexit and the impact on the Sri Lankan economy

1 July 2016

Background The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, known within the United Kingdom as the EU referendum was held on 23June to decide whether the UK is going to remain within the European Union (EU) or leave the EU. T...


The National List: A system in need of reform

1 July 2016

The original purpose of the National List was to ensure that Sri Lankan Parliament saw the appointment of educated men and women with professional and/or academic experience who may be able to contribute towards the development of sound and consis...


Building capacity at board level in the financial sector should be a top priority

1 July 2016

Given the governance issues in the NBFIs, the regulator’s initiative to assist commercial banks and NBFIs to achieve the highest standards of personal and organisational performance by conducting regular bank directors’ symposiums to e...


BBS threatens an Aluthgama repeat

1 July 2016

The threat of repeating Aluthgama is tantamount to admission of responsibility for the pogrom of Aluthgama on 15 June in 2014 I have been accused by many in comments to my articles that I continue to write about the pogrom in Alu...


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