About the University
The oldest University in Sri Lanka, the University of Colombo is a sprawling complex located in the heart of
the capital city of Colombo.
In keeping with its motto “Buddhi Sarvathra Bhrajate”, Sanskrit for “Wisdom Enlightens”, the University of Colombo strives to maintain academic excellence in all areas of study. The University of Colombo has 7 Faculties with 43 Academic Departments, a Campus, a School, 7 Institutes and several Centres and Units. Many undergraduate and postgraduate study courses in the fields of Arts, Science, Medicine, Management, Finance, Law, Education, IT, Aesthetic Studies. Molecular Biology etc are conducted by the University. The University also offers several other services, such as library services, career guidance, and services for differently-abled students.
Student life is enhanced by a plethora of extra-curricular activities offered on campus. The beautiful playground and the modern gymnasium offer sportsmen and women the opportunity to exploit and develop their abilities to the fullest. The New Arts Theatre is often the arena for spotlighting the dramatic/ musical talents of our student population.
Today, the University of Colombo with a proud history of over 115 years continues in its endeavour to meet the challenge of maintaining its position as the “Metropolitan University, Modern and International in Outlook and Character”. The location of the University affords the student population all the advantages of a “metropolitan university”, with easy access to international information/ resource centres, libraries, theatres, sports complexes etc.
Its central location within the City of Colombo provides easy access to a wide range of cultural, entertainment and business facilities.
The University of Colombo has a multi-cultural multi-ethnic student and staff population, fostering social harmony, cultural diversity, equal opportunity and unity.
Vision 2 Voice
This magazine is an outlet to share pertinent information with all the tourism industry experts, academics, and students who have a thirst to quench the tourism industry in Sri Lanka. Also, it is a platform generated for all the students to obtain knowledge and for the upcoming writers to show up their creativity, writing skills and potential outside the classroom. This magazine is surely an eye-opener for students and industry experts who are eager to collect new knowledge about the industry. For this debut issue, several interviews and articles covering the theme of “Rethinking Tourism” are included.
Contact the Editorial Team
[email protected] or 0768044440.
Message from Dr. D.A.C. Suranga Silva
The Successfulness of a University Education and ranking are no longer purely based on the number of graduates passing out form the university. Modern global university ranking also considered how many students are able to find jobs and the type of employment after graduation. Modern Universities are required to create not only the best academics but also the most dynamic professionals. In future, the success of the universities will be determined how many job-creators rather than job seekers they generate.
When we take this into consideration in tourism education, universities need to develop study programs and on occasion tailor- made programs rather than ready made ones to address the industry human capital requirements. This is our goal right now.
Today, we can see a huge development in the industry in the travel and hospitality sectors. There is however,
a lack of professionally qualified human resource in the industry. Considering all these facts, the University of
Colombo and the Department of Economics have introduced, Diploma, Post Graduate and Masters programs
in Tourism for the stakeholders of the industry. Our aim is to develop programs in the university to create such
individuals with the analytical knowledge to
- Take Creative decisions
- Use Innovative Management Techniques
- Create effective Marketing campaigns
- Show Responsible Leadership
I believe that this can only be achieved through the industry professionals and decision makers who can combine their industry expertise with scientific and academic wisdom. Participants of this academic program are 90% from the tourism industry. These programs provide the students with application-oriented industry interactive, evidence based analytical knowledge. Our students also discuss the future prospects and the potential for the future development of Sri Lanka Tourism. We have made efforts through this program to inculcate among our students the need for research-oriented sensitivity in handling contemporary issues and challenges for sustainable development in Sri Lanka. Designing quality tourism services and competitive products has become more important than ever if we want to position Sri Lanka as one of the best destination in the World.
Choosing a career path should be driven by the desire of what one really wants to do, and tourism is such a versatile industry, learning is life long so why not choose to ‘Learn what you Love’! I know that studying at the DTTEHM Program will be exciting, interesting, colourful and challenging, yet also a very rewarding experience. I encourage you to now take the next step in ‘creating your tomorrow’.
Dr. D.A.C. Suranga Silva,
University of Colombo
Why Choose Us
The Economics Department of the University of Colombo offers multi-disciplinary programmes in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management from Diploma to Masters level. They are especially designed to respond to the increasing demand for multi-skilled practitioners and professionals who are able to take responsibility for a wide range of complex industry processes to contribute towards the growth ad sustainability of the industry. These programmes prepare them to improve their knowledge through an interactive and application-oriented approach to meet the present challenges of global trends in the travel and tourism industry. The programmes provide practical and analytical competence in socio-economic, ecological, marketing, managerial, accounting, information technological and legal aspects of the travel and tourism industry. Read More