Faculty of Management

University of Peradeniya

Faculty of Management

University of Peradeniya

General Information


University of Peradeniya has a long history of Management education. The Department of Economics, Commerce & Statistics in the Faculty of Arts commenced teaching management as early as 1962. Since then until 2002 Management education at Peradeniya remained under the purview of that Department. As there was no mandate to accept students from the GCE Advanced Level Commerce Stream, the normal practice was to convert students from Arts to Commerce, based on their aptitudes shown in the first year Commerce Examination. The “Commerce Section” of the Department of Economics continued to teach the B.Com degree program whereas other universities established Faculties of Management. The revolution began as a committee was appointed to look into possibilities to separate the ‘Commerce Section’ into a Department in 1999. In consequence, in the year 2002 the University of Peradeniya established a separate department – The Department of Management Studies. The objectives of establishment of the Department of Management Studies were to improve standards of the existing B.Com degree program and the Management Component of the BA (General) degree program, to develop new Management degree programs for undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to contribute significantly to inter-faculty teaching programs. During the past 13 year period since its establishment, the Department of Management Studies through achievement of those objectives gained much importance and fame within the University. The ultimate objective was reached in March 2015 through establishment of the Faculty of Management. At the initial stage the Faculty operates with five Departments and at the second stage three more Departments will be added and be teaching 12 degree programs. The Faculty was given crimson red, as its colour, chosen aesthetically from the flower of Amherstia Nobilis, the tree Sir Ivor Jennings planted in the backyard of the University Lodge to commemorate the initial opening of the University on 6th October 1952 and which he wanted the students after fifty years to talk about.

Milestone Year
Introduction of B.Com. (Special) Degree programme under the Department of Economics, Commerce and Statistics, Faculty of Arts 1962
Appointing a committee to create Department of Management Studies in the Faculty of Arts 1999
Creation of the Department of Management Studies in the Faculty of Arts 2002
Obtaining approval for a proposal (BBA proposal) to enroll students from the GCE A/L Commerce Stream 2003
Introduction of B.Sc. Computation and Management (Special) Joint Degree Program with the Faculty of Science 2006
Initiation of working on a building for the Faculty of Management 2006
Introduction of Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance 2006
Generating a proposal to establish Faculty of Management 2007
Initiation of the BBA (Special) Degree Program 2008
Introduction of BBA (Online) Degree Program 2008
Obtaining University approval to establish Faculty of Management 2009
Obtaining University approval to introduce MBA & M.Sc. programs 2009
Issuance of the Gazette notification to establish the Faculty of Management at Peradeniya 2014
Appointment of a Steering Committee to establish Faculty of Management 2015
Establishment of the Faculty of Management 2015
Name Period
Mr. K. M. Nandasena 2002
Dr. Milton Rajaratne 2002 - 2003
Mrs. Malanee Ranasinghe 2003 - 2006
Dr. Milton Rajaratne 2006 - 2009
Dr. M. Alfred 2009 - 2013
Mr. J. Baratha Dodankotuwa 2014 - 2015
University of Peradeniya established the Faculty of Management in 2015. The Faculty of Management has set the following strategic goals in order to reach the vision and mission of the University.
  • To produce graduates in demand locally and internationally
  • To link with industry and global partners
  • To develop competitive academic and research environment
  • To continuous staff development
The Faculty of Management consists of eight Departments, five Units and a Library. The Departments are organized under the rules and regulations stipulated by the University of Peradeniya and they are designed to operate as Service Departments. Thus, the Departments collectively conduct courses that lead to academic program of the Faculty. The administration procedure of the Faculty is guided by the Universities Act and the relevant By-laws of the University of Peradeniya. The Faculty of Management has Departments and Units as listed below.
The Faculty of Management is established in two phases and the Departments of the Phase-I have already been created. Three new Departments will be created in the Phase-II and the proposed Units and the Library will be established in the process of operations of the Faculty.
Activity Phase I Phase II
Department of Management Studies Created
Department of Business Finance Created
Department of Human Resource Management Created
Department of Marketing Management Created
Department of Operations Management Created
Department of Accounting Proposed
Department of Business Economics Proposed
Department of Business Information Technology Proposed
Business Communication Unit (BCU) Proposed
Postgraduate Unit (PU) Proposed
Career Guidance Unit (CGU) Proposed
Distance Learning Unit (DLU) Proposed
Information Technology Unit (ITU) Proposed
Management Library (ML) Proposed
The Faculty of Management will offer twelve specialization areas in the BBA degree program. Only five areas of specializations are offered in the Phase-I whereas another four and three specialization areas will be offered in the Phase-II and Phase-III respectively.
Specialization Phase I Phase II Phase III
Accounting & Finance Offered
Human Resource Management Offered
Marketing Management Offered
Operations Management Offered
Organizational Management Offered
Accounting Proposed
Business Economics Proposed
Business Information Technology Proposed
International Business Proposed
Banking and Insurance Proposed
Entrepreneurship Proposed
Tourism Management Proposed