The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) is a self-financed and semi-autonomous body affiliated to the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. It is located in a spacious location in Borella, Colombo 08. It aims to promote advanced education and professionalism in management in Sri Lanka through the provision of postgraduate instruction, training, research, and development in the various branches of management and administrative studies. Today, it serves the national interests of professional management education and training, providing challenging opportunities for learning and skills development to thousands of senior-level managers and administrators, in becoming the "nation's management mentor".
The PIM, established in 1986 by an Ordinance under the Universities Act 16 of 1978, is one of the eight postgraduate institutes in the university system of Sri Lanka. It's the only higher education entity in the government sector that is ISO 9000:2008 certified. It is a member of the Association of the Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and pursues to get accredited by this premier global body.
The vision of the PIM is to become a center for management excellence in South Asia. Its mission goes as follows: "We ignite human imagination by developing leaders with a global presence and local pulse. In this endeavor, we pursue innovative teaching, cutting-edge research, enriching partnerships, inspiring sustainability, and exemplary governance." The PIM practices three key values, viz. Passion (Enthusiasm and eagerness towards results in showing professionalism), Integrity (Acting in an ethical manner with the best interest of the institution in mind) and Mindfulness (Paying attention to purpose and actions in doing things with self-awareness).
The PIM offers a wide range of programs in the areas of business and public administration. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the core degree programme that has already produced more than 300 Chief Executive Officers to the nation. It's a two-year program organized into eight academic terms, offering approximately 600 classroom interaction hours and over 60 hours of faculty consultation on research, skills development, directed study and residential workshops. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is catered for the knowledge requirements of executive level officers of the public service. The course is offered in the blended-learning mode with the involvement of regional centers such as Jaffna and Trincomalee.
The PIM has a doctoral program which offers Ph.D. in Business Administration as well as Ph.D. in Public Administration. It is strengthened by the presence of PIM's vibrant research center with a working relationship with the Canberra Campus of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Among the other programs on offer are MBA in Taxation, MBA in Customs and International Trade and Executive MBA (EMBA). There are study groups in Dubai (UAE), Doha (Qatar), Muscat (Oman) and Kuwait City (Kuwait) who follow the MBA program of PIM through a blended learning model.
Sri Lankan Journal of Management (SLJM) is the PIM's flagship research publication that has been the longest-serving management journal in Sri Lanka and the only local management journal included in the EBSCO international online database. The PIM also bi-annually publishes Professional Manager, a magazine targeting the practitioners. The PIM also takes pride in conducting client-focused training for employees of organizations in its efforts to be a working partner of the business community. The clients include both public and private sector institutions engaged in manufacturing and services such as banking, finance, and insurance. These Executive Development Programs (EDPs) have been on the rise with regards to demand and delivery.
The PIM is headed by a Director who is also the Chairman of the Board of Management. There are Boards of study for Business Administration as well as Public Administration, representing professors and professionals with management expertise. It is moving ahead steadily with increasing of quality, quantity, and quantum of growth.
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