Teejay Lanka CEO Shrihan Perera (centre left) and University of Moratuwa Vice Chancellor Prof. K.K.C.K. Perera (centre right) at the exchange of the MoU. Others from left: University Registrar W.M.D.P.M. Hulugalla, Department of Textile and Clothing Technology Lecturer M.G.C.C. Dharmakeerthi, Department of Textile and Clothing Technology Head Prof. U.G.S. Wijayapala and Teejay Lanka Deputy CEO Pubudu De Silva, General Manager and CBU Head – European Brands, Corporate Communication and CSR Samadhi Weerakoon and Senior Executive – Corporate Communication and CSR Achinthya Neligama
Teejay Lanka PLC, one of the largest knit fabric providers in South Asia, has announced an extension of its support to the University of Moratuwa for another two years, further strengthening a long standing and mutually beneficial partnership.
A memorandum of understanding first signed in 2014 provided the now tight-knit organisations with a framework for a long-term collaborative relationship that has, among others, resulted in all Teejay’s designers being graduates of Fashion Design from the University. Job applications from graduates of the University are also given priority by the Company. Furthermore, the collaboration has resulted in strengthening research, design and technical capabilities and product development on a mutually beneficial platform.
As a result of the extension of this MoU for another two years, Teejay will continue to provide industrial placements and fostering schemes for Fashion Design and Product Development students of the University, and facilitate potential overseas exposure where necessary, for students engaged in carrying out special projects with the Company.
Additionally, Teejay will continue its support to and sponsorship of the Annual Graduation Fashion Show of the graduates of the Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design and Product Development degree and accommodate short term industry placements for foreign students through academic link programmes between foreign universities and the University of Moratuwa.
In return, the University will extend its knowledge and support to strengthen in-house design and technical expertise of Teejay through a series of workshops that will focus on a wide range of co-current industry topics while acting as advisors to the company.
“We initiated this partnership with a strong belief in the importance of proper understanding of the current needs of professional and technical training institutions and employer businesses as well as the predictable future demands of both sectors,” Teejay Lanka CEO Shrihan Perera said. “Having effectively developed that understanding over the past four years with this partnership, we look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship.”
With manufacturing operations in Sri Lanka and India, Teejay is one of the region’s largest textile manufacturers, and supplies fabric to some of the best international brands across the world. Teejay Lanka PLC is a public quoted company with 39% public ownership. The company is backed by Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter, Brandix Lanka which has a 33% stake and Pacific Textiles of Hong Kong which owns 28% of the company.