Monday, 27 October 2014 00:05
By Inshira Shainaz
The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) signed an MOU with the University of New South Wales, Canberra for research collaboration last week.
Postgraduate Institute of Management Acting director Ajantha Dharmasiri exchanging the MOU with University of New South Wales Head, School of business Michael O’Donnell. Postgraduate Institute of Management senior consultant Travis Perera, University of New South Wales senior lecture Sue Williamson is also presented – Pic by Upul Abayasekara
PIM is a semi-autonomous body affiliated to the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and is the first and only self-financed postgraduate institution in Sri Lanka obtaining ISO 9001: 2008 certification and AACSB accreditation membership.
Its objectives are to promote advanced education and professionalism in management in Sri Lanka through the provision of postgraduate instruction, training, research, and development in the various branches of management and administrative studies. It serves the national interests of professional management education and training on a wider scale providing challenging opportunities for learning and skills development to thousands of senior-level managers and administrators.
PIM Visiting Professor Tilak Fonseka stated: “The first important thing in this MOU is the research collaboration between the two institute, there are common theme relevant for both institution those are in the area of entrepreneurship, leadership co-operate governance and many areas , the second important thing is exchange of faculty the students of The Postgraduate Institute of Management and The University of New South Wales working together, mutual interns and benefits.”
Fonseka added that providing scholarship is also an important feature of the MOU between PIM and UNSW.
The University of New South Wales is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities. Established in 1949, it is ranked among the top 60 universities in the world according to the QS World University Ranking. It has more than 50,000 students from over 120 countries. The UNSW is a founder member of the group of eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities and of the international network Universities.
The University of New South Wales School of Business Head Michael O’Donnell stated: “We are delighted to sign the MOU with Postgraduate Institute of Management as it is important to the emerging scholars in Sri Lanka.”
“The University of New South Wales is a top university in Australia which is ranked 48 in top 60 universities in world. We are excited to share our research collaboration with Postgraduate Institute of Management,” he added.
UNSW takes pride in the broad range and high quality of the teaching programs. The teaching gains strength and currency from the research activities, and the strong industry links and our international nature, UNSW has a strong regional and global engagement, in developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge we are creating an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research.
Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes, and public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics.
The MOU with the Postgraduate Institute of Management and the University of New South Wales will assist to enhance the research activities of PIM Research Centre. They will contribute to develop the academic research skills of the students and staff through doctoral program, faculty exchange and joint researches.
The UNSW will consider publication in the Sri Lankan Journal of Management (SLJM), the flagship research journal of the PIM, as an acceptable research publication, and will award credits for scholarship.
Initially the UNSW will consider awarding four to five scholarships to Sri Lankan students and faculty who meets admission criteria of the UNSW and publishes a concept paper in the SLJM This agreement has paid way for collaborative research among the two institutes.