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Visit by Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Underscores APIIT Sri Lanka’s International Recognition

The Honourable Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, visited the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) on 22nd July 2016, as part of his official visit to Sri Lanka. The visit underscores existing academic and investment ties between APIIT Sri Lanka and Malaysia and further strengthens the symbiotic socio-economic relationship between the two nations. Malaysia is one of the largest sources of foreign direct investments in Sri Lanka. Malaysia’s interest in investment in education in Sri Lanka is of special significance given the fact that Malaysia has a well-developed higher education system. Having its roots in Malaysia has benefited APIIT Sri Lanka immensely as witnessed by the Institution’s current enrolment of more than 1,300 students and annual intake in excess of 500 students. APIIT Sri Lanka is the largest provider of international degree programmes in the nation and over the past 15 years, has trained more than 2,200 graduates in Business Management, Computing/IT and Law. The enviable track record reaffirms the Institution’s position as an important influencer in the development of private higher education in Sri Lanka by setting an international benchmark for the industry’s quality and standards. The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister was received at APIIT Sri Lanka by Dato’ Abdul Rahman Ahmad, the Chairman of ILMU Education Group (ILMU); Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh, Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU), Osman Kassim, Chairman of APIIT Sri Lanka, and Dr. Athula Pitigala-Arachchi, Chief Executive Officer of APIIT Sri Lanka. Commenting on the visit, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister said, “I understand just like Malaysia, Sri Lanka has a sizeable and vibrant private education market, given the huge demand by its population for quality, affordable education. I also understand that ILMU is keen to invest more within the education space in Sri Lanka and I hope my counterparts in the Sri Lanka government would be open to this and facilitate such investments and expansion.”

Business, Law & Technology Conference 2016 (Bat 2016)

APIIT held its annual interdisciplinary research conference for the second year running on 7th of July, 2016 at APIIT City Campus, Colombo 02. Encouraging collaborative research in Business, Law and Technology, the conference was aptly themed "Breaking barriers: Interdisciplinary research for global challenges", facilitating a fusion of research from Business, Law and Computing. The Business, Law and Technology Conference 2016 was the natural evolution of Business and Technology Conference 2015. This year the scope of the conference was expanded to include the Law discipline thereby making the conference a true microcosm of evolving global business. Moreover, the conference provided a platform for undergraduates to display their talent and build their research acumen; outstanding student research projects were showcased during the event as poster presentations. The event was graced by internationally recognized academics and eminent industry professionals including Dr. Keith Puttik, Associate Professor, Staffordshire University U.K and Professor Siva Muthaly, Dean, Faculty of Business and Management, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU), Malaysia. The keynote speeches were delivered by Hon: Attorney General Mr. Jayantha Jayasooriya P.C and Mr. Madu Ratnayake, Executive Vice President & General Manager, VirtusaPolaris. The steering committee for Business, Law and Technology Conference 2016 was led by Conference Advisor, Mr. S C Kaluarachchi the Head of APIIT Business School. The conference was chaired by Dr Prasad Neelawala, Senior Lecturer, APIIT Business School. Conference proceedings are available for reference with the ISBN no. ISBN 978- 955- 7678 -01-6.

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Launch of the LLM in International Business Law - May 2016

From left : Mr Gamindu Hemachandra, Mrs. Upeka Perera , Dr Athula Pitigala-Arachchi ,Dr Harsha Cabral PC., Mr. Prasantha Lal de Alwis PC, Mr. Lasantha Senaratne, Dr Sampath Punchihewa, Dr Thusitha Abeysekara Marking yet another milestone in its rapid development, APIIT Law School expanded its academic provision to include postgraduate education with the launch of an LLM in International Business Law. The launch of the LLM took place on the 12th of March 2016 at the APIIT Law School. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr Harsha Cabral PC. The event was attended by legal luminaries such as Dr J. M. Swaminathan and Mr. Prasantha Lal de Alwis PC; industry leaders such as Mr. Lasantha Senaratne and prominent academics such as Dr Sampath Punchihewa and Dr Thusitha Abeysekara. APIIT Law School, established in partnership with Staffordshire University, UK, has been training law graduates since 2009. With a track record of producing high quality graduates and a current enrolment of more than 300 students, APIIT Law School makes a significant contribution to legal education in Sri Lanka. Therefore, APIIT Law School’s venture into postgraduate education with the launch of an LLM International Business Law may be described as a natural and logical development to further enhance its contribution to the legal profession in the country. Dr Harsha Cabral spoke broadly on the factors that determine the quality of a postgraduate qualification in law and put forward a formula for success for young lawyers. He pointed out that the reputation of the higher education institution conducting an academic programme and the relevance of the subjects included in the programme are key factors that should guide students in selecting a postgraduate course of study in law. He emphasized the importance of hard work, self-confidence and faith to succeed in the legal profession. Dr Cabral held the audience in rapt attention with a keynote rich with anecdotes and delivered in his inimitable style. The LLM International Business Law, awarded by Staffordshire University in the UK, is exclusively designed for LLB graduates and Attorneys-at-Law. The LLM can be completed in one year. The course of study will be delivered by a panel of distinguished academics and eminent legal practitioners; participants will develop expertise in business law, gain a global perspective and enhance their research skills. Legal Research Methodology, Business Law and Transnational Corporate Governance will be offered during the first term and a number of optional modules, namely Corporate Finance, Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology Law, International Labour Law, and Comparative Company Law will be offered during the second term. In the final term of the programme, participants will undertake a dissertation on a business law topic of their choice. The LLM International Business Law at APIIT Law School offers a rare opportunity to learn from and network with the top legal minds in the country. For further inquiries, please contact Tharindi on 0117675108.