Cardiff Metropolitan University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Mohamed Loutfi, visited the International College of Business and Technology (ICBT) in Sri Lanka to attend a graduation ceremony.
ICBT is one of the largest private sector educational institutes in Sri Lanka having six branches island wide, with more than 7000 full-time students currently enrolled and alumni of over 30,000 students.
The lavish ceremony, which took place at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, opened with the lighting of an oil lamp and included speeches from Cardiff Met's Vice-Chancellor and the Chairman of ICBT, Dr Jagath Alwis. Undergraduate awards in Business and Management Studies and Software Engineering, and Postgraduate awards for Business Administration, Information Technology, and Law, were presented by Professor Chapman. The ceremony ended with a declaration given by Professor David Brooksbank, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Dean of the Cardiff School of Management.
Cardiff Met's Vice-Chancellor remarked on the successful partnership with ICBT. He said: 'Our partnership with ICBT continues to flourish, with growing student numbers and new programmes being added each year. In a sense, it is the success of this valued partnership that we are celebrating at this impressive event today.'
During the graduation ceremony, Mr Mohan Pathirana, Executive Director/CEO of International College of Business and Technology Ltd, was awarded with the prestigious award of Honorary Fellowship. Mohan Pathirana has the overall responsibility of heading the organisation, including formulating and implementing the institutional strategy at home and abroad.
Professor Loutfi, who presented the Honorary Fellow, commented on Mr Pathirana's achievements: 'Mr Pathirana's vision is for ICBT campus to be the leading Higher Education Provider in South Asia. Mr Pathirana has enabled ICBT to grow in many ways and one of which is its partnerships with Cardiff Met. Over the last three years, the partnership with ICBT flourished with Cardiff Met in country perception and student numbers have exceeded the expected levels. It is clear that Mohan has ensured that, through his role as CEO at ICBT, he has achieved many successes and has paved the way for such success to continue.'