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Importance of education, reputation and values highlighted at CA Sri Lanka Business School 2013 Convocation

The importance of continuing to stay relevant through education, maintaining reputation and respecting values took centre stage at the 2013 convocation of the Business School of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) held recently.

Held under the patronage of Ronnie Peiris, Group Finance Director of John Keells Holdings PLC and Professor Janet Verbyla, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland, Australia, a large number of students of the CA Sri Lanka Business School were conferred with Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Postgraduate Diplomas in Business and Finance.

Addressing the graduands of the 2013 convocation, CA Sri Lanka President, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse underscored the importance of education for professionals if they are to stay relevant and be successful.

“Education is a never ending journey, and even after we reach perhaps the most senior position in our chosen profession; we continue to learn something new every day, due to the constant changes in dynamics both locally as well as globally,” he said.

Mr. Rajapakse stressed that although the graduands were at different stages of their career, it was important for them to ensure that they are always ahead with changing times.

“In order to ensure you are always ahead with changing times, education is perhaps the most important factor and therefore, as professionals you should continue to learn to be relevant,” he added.

Chief Guest Mr. Ronnie Peiris in his message to the graduands said, whilst organisations and countries, are in positions to purchase technology, recruit the right skills and develop new products and services, they will never be able to purchase reputation.

“Reputation has to be earned via the values we portray and the behaviors we exhibit. To the new MBAs, I state that what is important is not the portrayal of the mastery of your techniques and skills, but it is the way you live your values at a level that the public expects of you as a professional, a technocrat and a leader,” he said.

Students who successfully completed the popular Master of Business Administration and the Master of Project Management from the University of Southern Queensland and the Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Finance were awarded their certificates at the convocation ceremony.

Having being in existence for 12 years, the CA Business School is one of the country’s leading business school’s providing a diverse range of high-end local and foreign qualifications for the advancement of the Sri Lankan professional.

Both CA Sri Lanka and the University of Southern Queensland share an exceptional association counting over ten long years.

The USQ MBA offered through the Business School is one of the most popular MBA programmes in the country, while the postgraduate diploma offered at the institute has successfully been conducted in the country for almost 30 years and is very popular among professionals from both the accounting and non-accounting sectors.