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IIHS bolsters Sri Lanka’s healthcare industry with over 2000 graduates

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Renowned for transforming the Sri Lankan education sphere into a regional educational hub for healthcare professionals, the International Institute of Health Science (IIHS), Sri Lanka’s premier healthcare education institute, successfully achieved another milestone when over 2000 healthcare professionals including 500 nurses graduated recently.

The Healthcare graduates had followed programmes in nursing, physiotherapy, bio-medical science, health administration etc., comprising of over 1300 International nurses, 160 Royal nurses, over 200 International students and 500+ nursing graduates, the highest number recorded in Sri Lanka.

The event showcased a significant achievement where 384 students graduated with Bachelors in Nursing Science from the Open University of Malaysia (OUM) and 161 students who graduated with Bachelor (Hons) in Nursing Science from the Coventry University in UK. Comprising of Maldivian and Sri Lankan students other graduates included students who had obtained Master of Nursing (OUM), Master of Advancing Physiotherapy Practice, Executive Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (AeU), Master of Business Administration, Bachelor (Hons) of Education (OUM), Bachelor (Hons) of Nursing Sciences (OUM), Diploma in General Nursing and Foundation programmes.

Commenting on the graduation, Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe (MBBS, MSc, MD (Medical Administration), Funder and CEO of IIHS, stated, “We are elated that we have been able to contribute much needed qualified nursing professionals to strengthen the healthcare sector of our country. At IIHS we strongly believe in converting dreams into realistic goals and propelled by that mission, we are committed to further develop the skillset of Sri Lankan public sector nursing professionals through internationally recognized Bachelor’s programmes. Our core intention is to provide programmes that are affordable, linked with work, research and technology so that IIHS can support Sri Lanka’s growth as a South Asian educational hub for nursing qualifications.”

The programme has thus far successfully supported and strengthened the Sri Lankan Healthcare sector, with over 1350 nursing graduates passing out and entering the healthcare industry both local and overseas. The courses conducted at IIHS have enabled local nursing professionals to gain internationally recognised qualifications, increasing opportunities of foreign employment and exposure.

The event was held in two sessions with Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri as Chief Guest of Session one and Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva as Chief Guest of Session Two. Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, President of the Public Service United Nurses Union and Chancellor of the University of Colombo was the Guest of Honour at the 2nd session. The event was further attended by a host of dignitaries, industry professionals and family members and friends of the graduates.

Passionately committed to helping nursing professionals build their career pathways, IIHS further supports them through English competency programmes which will help them hone in and improve on their language skills thereby granting them better access to international careers. Thereafter IIHS will work with Institutes such as NHS-UK which are located overseas to obtain and coordinate employment opportunities for the students. This will help to drive the national government initiative of bringing in more foreign currency to support the national economy. Furthermore, IIHS will facilitate bank loans and payment schemes to provide financial support to the students to obtain these international nursing education and qualifications with assurance of local and international job opportunities thereby encouraging them to overcome economic challenges by increasing accessibility and affordability.



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CSE Director Board appoints new chairman

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The Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Dumith Fernando who has served in this role since July 01, 2020, has informed the Board of his intention to retire by rotation on June 23, 2022 at the conclusion of his current term as a Director. Subsequently, at its regular monthly board meeting held on May 19th, 2022, the Board of the CSE has elected Director Dilshan Wirasekara to succeed Fernando as Chairman with effect from June 24th, 2022. Wirasekara is currently Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC.According to the Articles of Association of the CSE, it’s Chair is chosen from among the five Directors elected by the members of the CSE. The appointment of Wirasekara is in line with the CSE’s normal board succession practice.

The outgoing Chairman Fernando said that “We are very pleased with the advancement of the CSE in the last 2 years. The market has set records across capital raising, trading volumes and participation alongside significant wealth creation for investors. The CSE is also financially stronger than it has ever been, and I am pleased to hand over my role following the institution’s highest-ever profitability and capital reserves position. Credit for this is due to my fellow board members, management and staff as well as all those stakeholders who collaborated with us including our regulator the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and the stock broking and investor communities.”

Commenting on the appointment of his successor, he further stated “I have had the pleasure of serving as a Director with Dilshan for five years where he has been a critical and energetic member of the board. The board and I have full confidence that he will continue to work with all stakeholders to build on our recent efforts to transform into a modern-day multi-product exchange. I look forward to supporting Dilshan over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.”Wirasekara thanked both the outgoing chairman for his leadership of the CSE over the last 2 years and the CSE Board for the confidence placed in him. He further stated, “I hope to continue the good progress at the CSE and look forward to working with the Board and the CSE team together with the regulator and the industry to advance our ambitious capital market development plans.”

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SLIM Research Bureau embarks on a mission to promote fair trade in Sri Lanka

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As corporates and consumers globally are shifting towards best practices such as sustainability, inclusivity, and most importantly, equality to all, “fairness” has become a significant part of how business and buyer decisions are made.With this in mind, SLIM Research Bureau, the research arm associated with the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), recently signed an agreement with Fairtrade NAPP at SLIM Home, in aspiration of promoting fair trade and consumption of fairly traded products in the local market of Sri Lanka.Through this collaboration, SLIM Research Bureau and Fairtrade intends to launch a project – named “SRI-PROM” funded by AICS, the Italian Agency for Development Co-operation, and supported by Fairtrade Italy – that aims to contribute to the social and economic strengthening of rural areas in Sri Lanka, through the development of much more profitable eco-sustainable supply chains for small farmers.

Commenting on the partnership, SLIM President Mr. Nuwan Gamage stated: “SLIM is thrilled to enter into this milestone partnership with Fairtrade NAPP to instil globally accepted best practices within the corporate circle that help achieve fair, equitable trade relationships. The project will be the first step in inviting businesses across industries to become a trailblazer that sets an example both in Sri Lanka and around the world. We look forward to expand these efforts further in the days to come.”The modern concept of fair trade refers to the ethical and sustainable sourcing of products, where workers and farmers at the foundational level of supply and value chains are treated fairly. This, in turn, offers consumers a powerful opportunity to reduce poverty through their purchases.

Fairtrade International Programme Consultant for Sri Lanka, Standards Committee Chair, and Oversight Committee Asia-Pacific Representative Mrs. Iresha Sanjeewanie noted: “Fairtrade takes a 360-degree approach to address a number of different issues and developmental challenges faced by small-scale producers and workers. Though Fairtrade Standards are a glum eye-opener into the implications of unfair trade, in a broader sense, it advocates reform-oriented research and pushes to raise the bar in trade.”

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Bank of Ceylon sponsors Annual Sand Paving Ceremony at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple Anuradhapura

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Invoking the blessings of the sacred “Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi” situated in the historic city of Anuradhapura, on the country and on all its citizens, for peace, harmony and prosperity, the Bank of Ceylon conducted its annual ceremony of strewing fresh sand which is known as “weli Athirime Pinkama” in “Uda Maluwa” recently.

The ceremony took place with the participation of the Bank’s General Manager K.E.D. Sumanasiri, DGM Corporate and Offshore Banking Priyal Silva, DGM Human Resource Dhamma Wijeyawardhene, DGM Branch operations and Development Banking Nilantha Meneripitiyage, AGM North Central Province Mahinda Bandara, AGM Marketing Aruna Hettiarachchi, AGM North Western Mrs.Ruchindra Perera and other staff members. The event was organized by the Bank’s Assistant General Manager North Central Province (NCP) G.K.G. Mahinda Bandara and staff members of the NCP province with the guidance of the Atamasthanadipathi of Anuradhapura, the Most Venerable Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero.

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