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149 students graduate with Applied Accounting Degrees at CA Sri Lanka’s School of Accounting and Business Convocation

A total of 149 students of the CA Sri Lanka School of Accounting and Business (SAB) graduated with BSc. Applied Accounting Degrees at its Annual Convocation – 2019 held on Wednesday, 29th January 2020 at the BMICH.

From L to R: Mr. Upatissa Kariyawasam (Registrar, School of Accounting & Business), Mr. Sanjaya Bandara (CA Vice President), Mr. Manil Jayesinghe (CA President), Mr. Bandula Gunawardana (Minister of Higher Education), Mr. Anura Dissanayake (Secretary to Ministry of Higher Education), Ms. Dulani Fernando (CA CEO), Mr. Prasanna Liyanage (CA Secretary) and Mr. Pradeep Alexander (Director, School of Accounting & Business).

The convocation was held under the patronage of Mr. Bandula Gunawardana, Minister of Information & Communication Technology, Higher Education, Technology & Innovations and Mr. Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology & Innovations.

A total of 131 students were conferred with the BSc. Applied Accounting (General) degree, while 18 students graduated with the BSc. Applied Accounting (Special) degree at the convocation.

Ms. Emma Bernedeth Fernando and Ms. Dinushki Marie Valentini Herat were conferred awards of academic distinction at the convocation for their academic excellence. Ms. Fernando was awarded academic distinction as the batch top with a 1st Class (Hon) under the general degree, while Ms. Herat was recognised as the batch top with a 1st Class (Hons) under the special degree category.

CA Sri Lanka President Mr. Manil Jayesinghe conferring the degree to a graduate.

President of CA Sri Lanka Mr. Manil Jayesinghe noted that within a relatively short span, the CA Sri Lanka degree programme has gone on to become one of the most popular accounting academic programmes offered in the country with over 1500 students following it since it was launched in 2013.

“I believe the unique mode of study offered through the degree programme has helped our graduates amounting to over 300 to be employed at reputed organisations locally, while a significant percent has also migrated or enjoy employment overseas,” he said.

A salient feature of the BSc. Applied Accounting degree is the equal focus it gives not just to theory but also in harnessing the technical and soft skill capabilities of an undergraduate, and the training component the programme offers with the intention of building a holistic professional who possess contemporary skills to steer corporates of the 21st century.

CA Sri Lanka is the only professional body in the country to offer a recognised professional qualification and an academic qualification. Students who follow the programme also have the option of studying one year of the degree at CA Sri Lanka and completing the second and third years at Deakin University or La Trobe University in Australia.

The BSc. Applied Accounting Degree programme is designed under two stages where students can either complete the general degree within a period of 3 years (6 semesters) or the special degree over a period of 4 years (8 semesters). The degree is offered on both full time and part time basis.

The degree was primarily developed by CA Sri Lanka to offer a recognised and affordable higher education opportunity for the country’s youth, along with the aim of bridging the growing gap in the dearth of university level education in the country due to the limited number of intakes at local universities.

A section of the gathering