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January 25, 2017
Collaboration between Colombo School of Business Management
and the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Colombo School of Business Management (CSBM) and The University of Lincoln signed a Letter of Intents on 13th January 2017 to explore the possibility of establishing commercially based partnership between the two institutions in presence of Dr. Craig Marsh , Pro Vice Chancellor & Director of the Business School, Mr. Dian Gomes, Chairman/CSBM, Professor Ranjith Bandara, Head of the Business School, Professor Ian Barnes, Head of International Partnerships, Mr. Ruwan Keragala, CEO/CSBM and Ms. Carol McFarlane, International Support Officer. Attorney-at-Law Mr. Chaminda Kularatne, former head of immigration at the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK was also present at the event as a Legal Consultant by looking at legal aspects of this Collaboration.

Colombo School of Business and Management (CSBM) which was established with the patronage of prominent corporate leaders and institutions in Sri Lanka to promote a novelty in the higher education, professional and executive training, career development, business research and consultancy. CSBM is the only Business School in Sri Lanka governed by a combined structure of both visionary corporate leaders and respected senior academics. CSBM intends to provide extensive and relevant business knowledge along with practical skills that stipulate the ability to progress within the current business environment and to make informed choices. CSBM is passionate about creating and disseminating new knowledge and thinking in leadership and management and fostering innovative and socially responsible leaders who understand the impact of business on society and create value through business. CSBM partner with a few international academic and professional institutions such as Kotler Business School, AIT Extension, Bangkok and INSEAD, Singapore.

The University of Lincoln has established an international reputation for the quality of teaching and research, with academics and students working together on major projects across areas as varied as cancer treatment, water conservation and low-carbon technology. The University of Lincoln has been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for its approach to enhancing students' learning opportunities. Lincoln is also a top ten institution for teaching quality, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. The Lincoln International Business School is a learning environment in which business leaders, policy makers and managers can develop their capacity to create sustainable futures in responsible ways. They facilitate leadership and management development through events, short courses, work-based degrees, Master's Programmes and PhDs focused at developing talent and creating futures. University of Lincoln also facilitate with specialist programmes for public service management, the NHS, Royal Air Force, the Glass Industry, Food and Agriculture Industries and Engineering.

The collaboration between the two institutions will seek to offer Top up degrees, Masters Programmes, Doctoral studies, Corporate Training and Executive educational programmes in Sri Lanka. The Top up bachelor's degrees and Masters programmes will be offered in the areas of Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Health and Social Care Management, Productivity and Lean Management. Also entrepreneurship development areas such as Sports and Recreations, Psychology and Counselling, Interior, Architecture and Fashion Designing. The doctoral study programme to be launched will take the form of a DBA (Doctor in Business Administration) rather than the traditional PhD taking a practical outlook and an approach which will facilitate today's corporate leaders and business fraternity.

The programmes to be offered in collaboration are specially designed for the professionals in the field of business and management, public sector officials, service personnel and for entrepreneurs to enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes and to create new paradigms for practice.

This collaboration between University of Lincoln and Colombo School of Business and Management is promising to set new dimensions in the field of business education revolutionizing the orthodox.

CSBM delegation also had a meeting with the officials of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London to inform them of the partnership with the University of Lincoln. The officials of the Sri Lanka High Commission included, Mr. Sugeeswara Gunaratne, Deputy High Commissiner, Mr. Neranjan Pathiratne, Minister Counsellor (Administration), Mr. Manoj Warnapala ,Counsellor (Consular & Immigretion).
(From left to right) - Mr Chaminda Kularatne, Attorney-at-Law & Legal Consultant to CSBM,
Ms. Carol, McFarlane, International Support Officer , University of Lincoln,
Mr. Dian Gomes, Chairman/CSBM, Dr. Craig Marsh, Pro Vice Chancellor
& Director of the Business School, University of Lincoln, Mr. Ruwan Keragala, CEO/CSBM,
Professor David Charles, Deputy Head of Business School, University of Lincoln,
Professor Ian Barnes, Head of International Partnerships, University of Lincoln,
Professor Ranjith Bandara, Head of the Business School, CSBM
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