The graduation ceremony 2016 of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) was held in a grand scale on 4th November at the BMICH, with certificates being awarded to students who completed graduate and postgraduate level qualifications. The Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake attended as the Chief Guest of the Graduation event.
Students who successfully completed the exams for National Diploma in Sales Management, Diploma in Strategic Brand Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (SL), Certified Professional Marketer (Asia) and Master of Business Administration (UK), received their certificates at the ceremony while the status of Practicing Marketer (SL) and Fellow Member were awarded to selected members of the
The National Diploma in Sales Management, designed for sales career minded people already in the sales, marketing or business development force, produced 109 graduates with A V Seneviratne being recognized as the best student.
The Diploma in Strategic Brand Management, a 12-month, part-time programme designed to give students brand marketing competencies from multiple dimensions, produced 66 graduates with the best student beingM P D N Abeysinghe.
M F Aysha Shahani was recognized as the best student of the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, a 24-month, part-time programme which gives students’the marketing competencies from operational level to synthesis level. The December 2015 batch of the Diploma included66 graduates while the June 2016batch included99 graduates.
The best student in the Master of Business Administration programme was M.A. Wahab.
Thereafter, 53 graduates were awarded the status of Certified Professional Marketer (Asia), a prestigious professional status conferred by the Asia Marketing Federation (AMF), which consists of 15 Asian countries in the region.
Selected Marketers were awarded the SLIM Practicing Marketer status, which recognizes the continuous professional development of marketers who strive to be abreast of the market.This was followed by Gamika De Silva, Chief Manager Marketing at Seylan Bank PLC and Ranjith Edirisinghe, Consultant - Co-operative Wholesale Establishment, Ministry of Industry and Commerce beingawarded Fellow Member for their outstanding contribution towards the
The chief guest of the event Ravi Karunanayake – Minister of Finance, the guest of honour, Upul Adikari, President SLIM, and Prof. Syed Ferhat Anwar – Professor, Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka; President of Marketing Society of Bangladesh and Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Brand Forum attended as a special guest and all top officials of SLIM were also present.
“The role of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing as a national professional body since 1970, has to be appreciated in no uncertain terms. The vision statement of SLIM of “leading the nation’s efforts towards economic prosperity” has to be truly commended from a national view point. The number of professionals moulded through the structured study programs over the years would have contributed for the betterment of the nation and would continue to do so in the future,” said Minister Ravi Karunanayake.
Karthik Elangovan- Vice President – SLIM also noted that addressing the tertiary education needs of students all over the island is an integral part of broader vision of expanding the reach of SLIM education. To this end, we have established Accredited Study Centres Island wide, which strengthen SLIM Programmes semi urban & outstation areas.