SLIIT teamed up with SHU university
Internationally recognised MBA from Sheffield Hallam University right
here in Sri Lanka.
Representatives from SHU, with Chairman Professor S. Karunaratne
and CEO Pofessor, Lalith Gamage (centre).
SLIIT has teamed up with long-standing UK affiliate Sheffield Hallam
University (SHU) to provide students with an opportunity to receive a
fully fledged UK MBA in Sri Lanka, thereby making a major contribution
to the Nations business and higher education sector.
Today’s challenging business climate requires forward thinking
dynamic individuals who possess the relevant skills to address the
demand and challenges posed by emerging trends in the industry. SLIIT
and SHU have foreseen the needs and potential of this field and are
presently calling for applications for the second cohort of the SHU MBA
programme. Students can pursue this programme entirely in Sri Lanka and
graduate with a globally recognised UK qualification.
Sheffield Hallam University's Business School is ranked among the top
30 in the UK, and first in the world by the International Student
Barometer for the university's learning environment.
The MBA programme offered by SHU in conjunction with SLIIT will allow
students to pursue the programme entirely in Sri Lanka and graduate with
a globally recognised UK qualification. SLIIT has identified a well
respected panel of experts to conduct the SHU MBA programme in Sri Lanka
to ensure that students will have access to only the very best
facilities and academic resources.
SLIIT is a member of the renowned Association of Commonwealth
Universities, UK and is the only non-state sector institution in Sri
Lanka to have earned such recognition. Offering Undergraduate and
Master’s degree for IT, Engineering and Business, SLIIT seeks to take
Sri Lanka forward in its quest to be a knowledge hub, nurturing a new
generation of professionals and strengthening ties with academic and
Entry for this programme requires that students possess a recognized
University Degree or equivalent professional qualification and two
years’ experience in a Managerial capacity. The classes are conducted
during weekends to accommodate the busy schedule of professionals, at
the newly refurbished academic environment of SLIIT’s Metro Campus,
The Programme design and delivery are fully owned and quality assured
by the Sheffield Business School - UK, supported by eminent personnel
from among senior academics and industry professionals. All modules are
assets entirely on course works rather than on formal examinations. The
two year programme concludes with a half year long business research
“We believe that this is a key pathway for students to gain a
globally recognised UK qualification right here in Sri Lanka, and an
important step towards supporting and aiding the governments' aim to
make Sri Lanka a knowledge hub in the region” states Professor S.
Karunaratne, Chairman of SLIIT.
“The SHU Business School is ranked among the most prestigious
universities in the world, and we are proud that our long-standing
affiliation with SHU has had a vital impact on students' education and
career, and in turn the relevant sectors in the country” elaborates
Professor Lalith Gamage, President and CEO of SLIIT.
Dr. Theekshana Suraweera, MBA coordinator and the Dean of the Faculty
of Business at SLIIT further notes that “We want to provide a unique
experience for our MBA students. I am confident that they will be
transformed to meet the challenges of strategic level managers by the
end of the programme where they will learn from their peers as well as
Epic Technologies Group turns 14
Nayana Dehigama, Chairman,
Epic Technologies Group
Viraj Mudalige, Director/General Manager, Epic Technologies
Epic Technologies Group, the premier software solutions provider
renowned for innovative solutions celebrated its 14th anniversary
recently. Established in 1998 as Epic Lanka, the group has operations in
the region with a MSC status company in Malaysia. As technology leaders
in designing and developing ICT solutions in Secure Electronic Payments
and Information Systems Security domains Epic Technologies Group has
successfully implemented several innovative solutions in leading banks
operating in Sri Lanka and the region. These solutions have enabled
banks to reach masses with on-line real time banking services in a
highly cost effective manner.
Nayana Dehigama, Chairman of Epic said that the company has now
proved adequately the capability of Sri Lankans in designing and
developing world class ICT solutions.
“Some of our innovative banking solutions in Branchless Banking and
Micro Finance have been benchmarked in introducing industry guidelines
by state regulatory authorities in the region and we are indeed very
proud about our achievements,” he said.
“At a time where local software talents are increasingly outsourced
for mere coding activities of solutions designed by foreign companies
while the opportunities arising in national projects are given to
foreign suppliers overlooking domestic firms, how we are positioning Sri
Lankan talents in other countries is absolutely remarkable,” he added.
Addressing the Epic family at the 14th anniversary, Viraj Mudalige,
Director/General Manager of Epic said that they are no more a payment
solutions provider specialized in EDC POS technologies but a dominant
player in the region with an array of solutions covering almost all
technology requirements of the banking and financial services industry.
“Our ability to foresee the technology and market trends and to
develop unique solutions to meet the specific needs of organizations
without demanding huge investments in infrastructure gives us a
competitive edge,” he said.
“In the process, we have been able to develop world class solutions
that have lead to core branded products with global leaders, changes in
the competitive landscape of banking industry and new national
guidelines in secure electronic payments in Sri Lanka and other
countries,” he added.
Some of the mission critical national level ICT implementations by
Epic include the Sri Lanka Interbank Payments System (SLIPS) that
connects all commercial banks with the national cheque clearing house.
They also introduced Epic Terminal Line Encryption solution to combat
increasing frauds in the use of payment cards.
Their 3D secure solution that adheres to latest international
standards addresses security issues in the internet payments while the
Dispute Resolution Management solution designed and developed in
compliance with global standards enables banks to manage the entire life
cycle of payment transactions efficiently and effectively.
The Epic Branchless Banker solution which includes biometric
identification capabilities implemented at BSN Bank, the biggest savings
bank in Malaysia has enabled them to operate over 3000 agency banks
scattered all over the country offering on-line real time banking.
Epic Techno-Village in Talangama, Battramulla offers an ultra modern
software development and and D center for Sri Lankan software
professionals to demonstrate their capabilities to compete in global
markets. Their fully owned subsidiary, Epic Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a MSC
status company operating in Malaysia. Epic is an ISO 9001: 2008 and CMMi
Level 3 certified company that has ambitious plans to make Epic a
preferred brand of innovative ICT solutions globally.
Photo Technica appoints Nikon Brand Ambassador
Photo Technica, Managing Director, Harsha Malvenna presenting
the Nikon D 7000 camera to Mithra Weerakoon. Photo Technica,
Marketing Manager, Ajantha Wattalagedara looks on.
The annual general meeting of the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka (PSSL)
was recently held at the Capri Club, Colombo 7. PSSL is the oldest, most
prestigious and most active photographic club now in Sri Lanka. Photo
Technica, the sole agents in Sri Lanka for Nikon cameras, presented a
high end Nikon D 7000 professional camera to Nikon Brand Ambassador,
renowned professional photographer and past president of PSSL Mithra
Mithra holds many accolades and has won many awards for his
work in photography. A large number of professional photographers
participated in this occasion.
In their effort to expand the market and create interest for
photography Photo Technica will be appointing more brand ambassadors in
the future. They will be various eminent, leading professionals in their
own fields who are also keen photographers.
Samudra Book Store in Matara
Samudra Book Publishers who are the Leaders of excellent quality
educational Books has opened its newest branch at Kotuwegoda, in Matara.
This is located near SK cinema building. “Good books for the highest
reading culture” is the sole vision of Samudra books, in better quality
to raise the standards of Sri Lanka. Ahead of the various Asian
countries. The contents of the Samudra books are written and compiled by
the veteran English masters.
The knowledge needed for the school syllabus can be widened through
Samudra book publishers. Books in all three languages namely, Sinhala,
Tamil and English are available at the Samudra books outlets. “Good
Children of Matara read good books” is the main intention to open a
branch in Matara. Samudra books publications managing directoress Mrs.
Samudrika De Silva says Samudra publishers intends to participate
actively in the development work of educational activities in the