Renowned Sri Lankan postgraduate education solutions provider and the nation’s management mentor, the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) recently announced the appointment of Dr. Senaka Kelum Gamage as its new Director to lead the institute.
Armed with over two decades of experience in university-level education management, Dr. Gamage has also served as Director of World Bank-funded Higher Education Projects of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura for 10 years. A doyen in the field of knowledge creation, he is acknowledged in the industry for his significant contribution to academia and value-based leadership.
Speaking of his appointment, Dr. Gamage highlighted the renewed role of PIM in today’s world: “The PIM is all about building a special breed of professional managers who achieve mastery to thrive and stand tall in their relevant businesses. The PIM, having moulded thousands of business leaders in this country for over three decades as the nation’s pioneering business school, will develop further to become a thought leader in business within the Asian region and beyond. PIMA can play a pivotal role in reaching this goal by strengthening the network and getting into more collaborations and partnerships with organisations where the PIM Alumni in key positions.”
Dr. Gamage, in his address, at the welcome event of his appointment, patronised by PIMA members, shared his key plans for PIM, and outlined its achievement of being the undisputed nation-leading postgraduate school of business management. “This was done via the grooming of high-quality graduates from our institute, and by instilling in them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will help them in turn to develop the country’s businesses.” He also stressed on the importance of ensuring that PIM is accredited by both local and global accreditation institutes to earn true global recognition.
With his new appointment, Dr. Gamage was also assigned as the new patron of the Postgraduate Institute of Management Alumni Association (PIMA), which he averred will be “a key partner in PIM’s journey of realising its vision of becoming a thought leader in business management.”
He noted: “It is essential for PIM to enable students and learning partners to constantly engage in professional career development – PIMA will be a significant partner in this endeavour. PIMA is our strength – having qualified leaders of the business field is a pillar on which we can build upon.”
Congratulating Dr. Gamage on his new role, PIMA President Denzil Perera noted: “On behalf of all PIMA members, I congratulate Dr. Gamage and wish him all the very best in this new chapter of his career. We look forward to doing many great things together in the year to come. It is an honour and privilege to have a veteran in the likes of Dr. Gamage as the patron of PIMA. Whilst being an invaluable addition to PIM’s senior management team, his vast experience, expertise and exposure will be instrumental in leading PIM to greater heights while enabling us to navigate today’s dynamic world of uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity and volatility.”
Dr. Gamage’s welcome event was held at PIM auditorium streaming live on PIMA FB page with participation of PIMA members from across the globe. Driven by its vision of becoming a centre for management excellence in South Asia, PIM, along with PIMA, is looking forward to his guidance, direction and leadership to lead the institute into a new era of knowledge, leadership and success.
As Sri Lanka’s pioneering higher education alumni Association, PIMA has always been admired for its expansive membership network amounting to over 3,500 postgraduate qualified specialists, its devotion to the upliftment of the business management fraternity and its commitment to constantly raising the bar for corporate professionals.