As the founder Dean of the Faculty of Management, I find it a rare opportunity and benediction for me to write a message to mark the magnificent moment of establishment of the Faculty of Management at the University of Peradeniya which consumed much thoughts and energies during the last decade.
New era of Management education at Peradeniya dawned as the Department of Management Studies was created in 2002. Peradeniya is now inherited with a Faculty of Management with eight departments of studies owning to the rapidly accumulated collective efforts of many since then. And I am so glad that the creation of Faculty of Management at Peradeniya was materialized during my tenure of service.
Peradeniya being the founder institution of university education in the country with tremendous resources could discharge immense opportunities for this new faculty to grow. Aligning with it the Faculty of Management contemplates to grow into a magnificent hub of Management education in the country upholding the great Peradeniya academic values and traditions.
For that journey, I am glad to add my sincere wishes for this new faculty to achieve excellence in Management education producing not only graduates and postgraduates of high caliber to uplift the future generations but also molding out “ladies and gentlemen” as Sir Ivor Jennings wished. I sincerely hope that the students of the Faculty of Management would excel in Management and be able to appreciate arts and culture also. I wish students in the future would question themselves why the founder Dean wanted a sense of arts and culture inculcated in them.
Professor Milton Rajaratne (B.Com, M.Sc., Ph.D)
Dean, Faculty of Management,
University of Peradeniya