Dr. Anura Kumara says Japura will become an Entrepreneurial University


Dr. Anura Kumara, Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura has mentioned the aspiration of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura to become  an ‘Entrepreneurial University” with his interview to Sunday Observer on 03rd December 2017.

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ) is setting sights on transforming itself into an entrepreneurial university upgrading itself from the present knowledge and research sharing model. According to experts, the model of the ‘entrepreneurial university’ is a major driver for self-development and innovation and viewed as an appropriate response to succeeding in highly turbulent and unpredictable markets.

Dean has mentioned that “Our faculty has four key strategic objectives which we feel can transform us into an entrepreneurial university. However, on two key fronts such as the production of high quality human resources through the teaching and learning and enhancement of contribution to knowledge through Research and Publications, we have witnessed a marked improvement over the last three years,”

He has pointed out that the Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce is working on improving in the other two objectives namely – the contribution to community and national development and development and updating of resource management and administrative systems which will take the faculty to a different level. Further he has said to the news paper that “At the FMSC of USJ, we always try to maintain the quality of academic programs considering the industry and employer organization’s inputs. This is why according to our research; the employability of our graduates has been consistently above the 85% mark at the time of convocation,”

Citing a recent research on graduate employability, the dean has shown that employability rate of BSc/B.Com Special (Internal) graduates stood at 82% in 2017 and at 85% in 2016. This employability figure, according to him, was at four months after graduation which is during the convocation. Further he has stated that “Sometimes employer organizations want graduates with soft skills which we try to address. We have a continuous curriculum review in the University whereby we review the curriculum every five years based on recommendations of a Curriculum Review and Development Committee which meets every month”.

The FMSC at USJ is the pioneering and the largest management faculty in Sri Lanka with more than 50 years of history in management education consisting a student population of close to 5,000.

 See full article on : www.sundayobserver.lk/2017/12/03/j’pura-aims-becoming-‘entrepreneurial-university’

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