The Sunday Leader

CIMA Helps Progress:

Manjula Priyadarshana,

CEO of NMK Management Services

Colombo, 3 September 2015:Manjula Priyadarshana, who schooled at AnandaSastralayaKotte, was placed All Island 20th in the Commerce stream following his A level results.  Like many students today,he proceeded to CIMA prior to beginning his undergraduate degree from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura.  Upon the completion of CIMA, Manjula began working.  Today, he is the CEO of a conglomerate with a turnover of US$ 140 million.  NMK Holdings, which has been operating in Sri Lanka for 30 years, is a leader in the local edible oil industry.  The company is synonymous with the brand name Marina, with its extensive product portfolio.

Manjula is of the view that business leaders of today must be decisive and perseverant to lead their teams to success.  In this era of rapidly evolving technology and increased globalization, understanding these changes and adapting accordingly are a must for businesses to avoid failure.  He encourages business leaders to be futuristic and identify factors that need to be altered at the early stages.  Elaborating further Manjula claims, ‘Occasionally, the leaders need to be the change.  Living in Sri Lanka, at times the changes which take place in developed countries do not reach us immediately.  But with technology, there is no time gap as such.’ Around 50% of his employees are CIMA graduates.  Manjula believes that CIMA is a qualification which guides the entire thinking process, helping professionals plan their respective careers and progress.  ‘CIMA taught me value creation, to maximize profits in a sustainable way in addition to the technical knowledge I gained.  Most CIMA subjects groom individuals to assess situations and make decisions under varying circumstances,’ says Manjula.  He does not want CIMA graduates to shy away from challenges. It is of Manjula’s opinion that CIMA graduates undergo a tedious process and they must demonstrate confidence in this process, whilst at the same time not compromising on their ethics.  It is ultimately the latter which will give more value and respect to professionals.

A firm believer in giving something back to society as an individual who has immensely benefited from his education and career;Manjula is hoping to create a business consultancy for the local SME sector in order to promote national competitiveness.  According to him, it is only national competitiveness which will enable Sri Lanka to compete in the global marketplace.  Manjula explains, ‘I see a lot of SMEs not progressing to the next stage because of small barriers, which they view as big barriers.  Changing perspectives or a small paradigm shift can alter a business’s sustainability.  Being an island with a population of mere 20 million people, Sri Lanka’s market potential lies outside the country.  To increasenational competitiveness, a lot of SMEs will have to come in.’




Visit Prof. F.R. Jayasuriya

Auditorium @ International Scholar

On 12th  And 13th  Of September 2015

The largest education exhibition with complete focus on Malaysian Education will be held on 12th and 13th September 2015 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm at the Prof. F.R. Jayasuriya auditorium @ International Scholar located at No: 3, Daisy Villa Avenue, Bambalapitiya, in the new “Scholar House” building. (In front of Bambalapitiya Police station)

The Exhibition is organized by International Scholar Educational Services (Pvt) Ltd. (ISES) in association with Winning Magnitude Sdn Bhd Malaysia for the 9th consecutive year. The exhibition will be declared open by the Chief Guest His Excellency Azmi Zainnudin , High Commissioner of Malaysia at 10.00 am on 12th September.

The standard of education in Malaysia today, from the global perspective, is second to none. But what is unique about the Malaysian story is that it makes such renowned educational standards available within the Asian region at a cost affordable to the average Asian student. What is even more interesting is that Malaysia is a country very much similar to Sri Lanka in every aspect and therefore the young students are not exposed to the liberal extremes of the western cities. At a time when studying in traditional education destinations of Europe and Australia are becoming increasingly difficult and costly, Malaysia offers a very viable alternative.  In Malaysia today, some the most prestigious Universities in the world are represented through their own local campuses. This is because modern Malaysia is acknowledged as the emerging educational hub, not only in Asia, but also in the international arena. The quality of education imparted by these campuses is recognized as identical to that of their respective countries of origin: so much so that there is a popular saying in Malaysian campuses of foreign universities, the difference between the Degree in the Malaysian Campus and the campuses of UK or Australia is only the fees.

The University degree would not even specify the campus where the student obtained education as the standards of education is expected to be universal. There is also a degree transfer facility system in operation between the campuses of International Universities that have established themselves in Malaysia. This facility enables a student to study in the campus of one country for a few years and then seek a transfer to another campus of the same University but in a different country.

We represent a number of reputed institutes in Malaysia including


Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

Advanced Tertiary College (ATC)

Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Herriot-Watt University

HELP University

Infrastructure University of Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)

International Medical University (IMU)

INTI International University &  Colleges

KBU  International College

KDU University College

University Kuala Lumpur –RMCP

Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

MAHSA University College

Manipal International University

Monash University Sunway Campus

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

QUEST International University Perak (QIUP)

Universiti Sains Malaysia

SEGi University

University of Southampton Malaysia Campus

Sunway University

Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Taylor’s University

UCSI University

UNITAR International University

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)


The Educational exhibition is organized with the view to offer Sri Lankan students new horizons in international education giving them an opportunity to interact with officials of recognized universities acquainting themselves with academic and other requirements for enrolment.




After  A/L – AAT

AAT Sri Lanka has a 26 year history in producing Middle level Accountants to the nations. With its new curriculum launched this year under the theme “Employment Fast Tracked” AAT just concluded its examinations in July 2015. The new curriculum has been widely accepted by the stakeholders particularly the Employers as it provides new avenues for the students who aspire to play a role in the field of Accountancy and Finance. Clarifying it further Mr. Lalith T. Fernando, the incumbent President of AAT Sri Lanka expresses his views on areas of concerns by potential students who just sat for G.C.E. (A/L) exams.


What are the minimum qualifications to enroll for the AAT?

Any person with any 6 G.C.E. Ordinary Level passes may enroll for the AAT Sri Lanka. A school leaver can complete AAT getting his professional qualification in the shortest possible time doing AAT. Therefore it is not necessary to wait till A/L results are released; a student can immediately get registered with the Association once O/L examination is over.


What is the examinations structure of AAT Sri Lanka?

The entire course can be completed in just 1½ years. Exams are held in 3 levels – AA1 (Accounting Assistant), AA2 (Accounting Analyst) and AA3 (Accounting Associate), every 6 months in July and January each year. After that you have to do 1 year practical training and then you become a member. There is no mandatory requirement to complete this examination in a particular year. The other advantage is that the AAT course can be done in any of the three languages (English/Sinhala/Tamil) unlike most other exams.  This particular feature enables the student to follow the course in any language is one of the national needs. Some students from remote areas are not yet thoroughly conversant in English. This language barrier has prevented a lot of people from pursuing higher education.


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