PIM, a global force to be reckoned with, says Dr Trevor Mendis | Sunday Observer

PIM, a global force to be reckoned with, says Dr Trevor Mendis

The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) has become a global force to be reckoned with, due to its significant progress and the achievements in the recent years, Senior Management Consultant and a Member of Board of Study of the PIM, Dr. Trevor Mendis told guests at the PIM Alumni (PIMA) fifth annual get-together (PIMA Night-2018) at the Movenpick Grand Hotel in Dubai, UAE recently.

The event was organised by the PIM Alumni in Dubai with over 150 participants.

The chief guest of the event was theConsul General of Sri Lanka to Dubai and Northern Emirates, Charitha Yattogoda and Mrs. Yattogoda.

Chathura Weerasekara, the Head of Chancery, Consulate General of Sri Lanka, and M. S. H. Mohamed, Leader of the Fight Cancer Team who led the Pet Scanner Project in Sri Lanka.

The other Professional Associations in the UAE, Sri Lankan Quantity Surveyors – the UAE, the Institute of Incorporated Engineers, Sri Lanka, the UAE Branch and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka – the UAE Chapter were also present. Kusal Nanayakkara, President of the Alumni, delivering the welcome speech at the event, describing the role of the PIMA-UAE to date, and its plan to conduct more academic activities in the coming year, beside the regular activities in the social front. A video address by Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri, Patron and Director of PIM, who was on another overseas official assignment, was viewed by the audience.

In his recorded address, Prof. Dharmasiri, while extending his warm wishes to the newly appointed committee of the Alumni described the evolution of the PIM MBA Programme in the region including the UAE, Qatar, and Oman, and recently in Kuwait, and also the initiation of a similar programme in Bangladesh.

He highlighted the expansion of the PIM’s programme portfolio in the different specialized arenas.

Dr. Trevor Mendis in his address, educated and enlightened the audience as to how the PIM, based on its Mission, focuses on all five dimensions, namely Teaching, Research, Partnerships, Sustainability and Governance. He explained in detail the achievements in Sri Lanka as well as in other countries and the envisaged plan and the challenges in moving forward in the future.

Dr. Mendis outlined the new journey the PIM has embarked on, to achieve the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Accreditation to transform the Institute into a globally recognised business school and to gain further global recognition for the Institute.

He said that PIM, which is the only self-financed state university in Sri Lanka, is being transformed internally and externally to meet not only the stringent AACSB requirements, but also to face stiff competition, and the corporate and public sector demands without compromising quality in an unregulated tertiary education industry in Sri Lanka.

In appreciation of the excellent commitment and outstanding contribution to the PIMA-UAE, the very first ‘PIMA Personality Award’ was presented to Ajantha Premarathna, Past President of the PIMA-UAE (2013-2015). This was a key highlight of the event.