Magnate 2023 – Faculty of Management & Finance
The Department of Finance of the Faculty of Management and Finance recently hosted its annual flagship event, ‘Magnate-2023’ for the third time under the theme “Leading with Vision, Thriving with Finance”. The event was organized by the Finance Students’ Association (FSA) of The Department of Finance and it was held on August 25th, 2023 at the auditorium of the Faculty, with the main objective of providing an opportunity for students’ capability and capacity building.
The esteemed occasion was graced by Senior Professor (Chair) H.D. Karunaratne, Vice Chancellor of the University, who attended as the Chief Guest. Professor M. P. P. Dharmadasa, the Dean of the Faculty was also in attendance at the event. It was an all-day event which comprised an inter-university debate with the participation of 07 teams from 04 universities namely the University of Colombo, the University of Jaffna, the University of Sabaragamuwa and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. There were 3 rounds in the debate competition and the final round was held on the event day on the topic “Sri Lankan financial culture has caused the current economic crisis”. The topics for the first round and the semifinal round of the debate competition were “Brain drain is the biggest challenge for the Sri Lankan economy at present” and “Cryptocurrency is a threat to the stability of the financial system of South Asian countries” respectively. Adding to the day’s success, an intra-faculty quiz competition also took place successfully with the participation of 13 teams with three members in each from the Faculty of Management and Finance of the University of Colombo, irrespective of their department or year of study.
Mr Dilshan Weerasekara, the Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange, and Director/CEO at First Capital Holdings PLC graced the event as the guest of honour and the keynote speaker of the event. Mr Nandana Wickramage, the Director of Ceylon Biscuits Limited conducted an interactive and enlightening session on self-motivation. The successful execution of Magnate 2023 was made possible under the guidance and leadership of the Head Department of Finance Professor D. L. P. M. Rathnasingha and the event was coordinated by Mrs T. P. Rathnasuriya, while Professor S. Buvanendra contributed as the Senior Treasurer of the Finance Students’ Association. The debate event was organized by Ms S.W. Thenuwara and Ms R. P. U. S. Pathirana, while the quiz competition was organized by Dr Tharindu C. Ediriwickrama and Ms D. W. Gooneratne where Dr T. U. Hewage from the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, served as the quiz master. Professor A. A. Azeez and Mr D. M. S. Dassanayake, along with other staff members, contributed significantly in various capacities, making this event a resounding success.
The event received generous support from various industry institutions; the Official title partner- First Capital Holdings PLC, Corporate partner- Hayleys Advantis, Event partners – CIMA Sri Lanka and Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, Banner partners – Commercial Bank, Terminal Logistics, LCB Finance and Asiri Surgical Hospitals, Media partner- TV Derana. The FMF media also joined with the event.
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