The Institute

The Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) is a semi-autonomous body affiliated to the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Its objectives are 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 on a wider scale providing challenging opportunities for learning and skills development to thousands of senior-level managers and administrators. Being the pioneer of advanced management education in Sri Lanka, PIM provides leadership to those who are in the business of innovating and disseminating management know-how as well as to those who are in search of higher learning alternatives.

PIM Full-time Faculty

Over a period of nearly two decades, PIM has accumulated a wealth of experience in adult learning, research and consultancy. Most of the teachers of the Institute today have been at the task for many years and hence they form a core team of academics who set standards, integrate locally-found knowledge into regular curricula, and coordinate among the many faculty members with speed and flexibility.

Our faculty team comprises permanent teachers, teachers on contract (full-time and part-time), and visiting academics/professionals.

The Institute and the University

PIM, established in 1986 by Ordinance under the Universities Act 1978, is one of the six postgraduate institutes in the university system of Sri Lanka. Though it is relatively young, it has the largest student population among the Institutes, and it is the only self-financing higher learning institution in the university system of the country.

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura, to which PIM is affiliated, was established in 1978. In fact, it is much older if one counts the long years of its history as a seat of learning. The history of this Institute dates back more than a century to 1873, when the Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala NayakaThero laid the foundation of this distinguished centre of learning as a pirivena (Institute of Buddhist and Oriental Studies) named Vidyodaya (meaning awakening of knowledge).

In 1958, it was reconstituted as the Vidyodaya University of Ceylon by an Act of Parliament. Under the Universities Act of 1978, it was re-named University of Sri Jayewardenepura in the new administrative capital of Sri Lanka. Today, its full-time student population is over 4,500 enrolled in the faculties of Arts, Management Studies and Commerce, Applied Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Graduate Studies.

International Cooperation

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany (KAF) has been an active supporter of PIM’s activities. Since 1991, it has supported education, training, research and publications in public administration, local and provincial government, and general management. It will continue its assistance in the years to come with a greater emphasis on comparative management and business practices, local government, and collaborative research.

The Institute is looking forward to collaboration with institutions of higher learning in the region, East Asia and Australia for the purpose of promoting research in comparative management, doctoral studies and development of specialization in such areas as Banking, Finance, Technology Management, Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurship.

Cooperation with foreign universities and foreign management institutes has been a principal means by which the groundwork for PIM has been laid over the past two decades. PIM gives high priority to the development of links with reputed educational institutions abroad. The desire to develop expertise and promote disciplinary development in the international context is the driving force behind the quest for cooperation. The policy of the Institute is to cooperate with centres of higher learning worldwide. In particular, PIM looks forward to establishing links with centres of excellence in the Asia-Pacific Region (such as the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand), the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), and Universities in Australia.

PIM leaves areas of cooperation open with a view to achieving the wider purposes of management education. In practically every field of specialization at the Institute, collaborative ventures are welcome.

Collaborative research into local and regional phenomena, both fundamental and applied, is one of the primary purposes of PIM. The staff of PIM, both regular and visiting, are involved in research, and the current projects cover areas such as socio-cultural foundations of management, development of industrial policies and industry competitiveness, and administrative reforms in the public sector.

What can PIM offer to the visiting foreign faculty? PIM classrooms provide a forum for the meeting of minds. PIM’s postgraduate students, with their extensive experience in local business, differing approaches and attitudes to work, people and organizations, present a rich and stimulating learning environment. In fact, it is such classroom dynamism that the visiting foreign faculty enjoys most.

As a matter of policy, PIM offers to the visiting foreign faculty a remuneration package which includes professional fees, accommodation, transport, and secretarial and IT communication facilities.

Strategic Directions

Guided by Our Mission, the Institute consciously adopts a series of strategy-driven policies and programs in four key result areas of management education and research:

Higher Degrees

Quality in outputs: All our Graduates in business, public sector management and doctoral programs are expected to demonstrate higher levels of achievements in three areas:

  • Distinct operational competencies in a chosen specialization of management
  • Distinct competencies in the generic management skills of interpersonal relations and communication including IT
  • Distinct competencies in higher order integrative abilities in systems integration, strategy formulation, and leadership.

Relevant education: Courses of study, areas of specialization and majors, and research priorities in all programs of study will reflect the Institute’s response to the priority needs of industry, government, and national development as perceived by the Institute. In this process, the Institute also gives priority to the study of international business and issues of globalization.

Research in Management

Proudly continuing our tradition: PIM is the leading higher education institution in the country that conducts research in the discipline of management. This is amply reflected in our claim that our MBA is one of the few, and best, MBA programs in the world where research is an important and essential component of the degree. While many MBA programs elsewhere have conveniently abandoned the most precious learning activity of research, we proudly continue to improve upon the quality of our research activity in the MBA program . And, we have done so over two decades. Research interests developed at the Master’s level are promoted through the doctoral program of study.

A research fund: Consistent with the above tradition, the Institute operates from the year 2002 a Research Fund that supports large research projects which focus on management issues, industry competitiveness, public policy, and comparative management including cross-cultural studies. In this direction, we promote joint research projects with scholars from overseas particularly IIMs and other institutions in India, Asian Institute of Technology, and institutions in South-east Asia. Sri Lankan Journal of Management, the quarterly Journal of the Institute started in 1996 continues to provide a forum for publication and discussion.

A National Conference with substance: PIM’s national conference of management is truly a pace-setting event in the country. It presents the best research work of graduate students, faculty and academics that represents the state of the art of management and development issues in Sri Lanka. Many foreign scholars do participate in this event.


HRD for companies: We will continue to offer management development programs that are tailored to meet professional development needs of individual companies or organizations. These are of medium term duration covering approximately 100 hrs of training and field projects. For senior level management we offer short courses on specific issues of organizational improvement or personal professional enhancement.

General management issues: The other important component of our training activity is issue-centered training workshops for managers across industry and public services.

Core Competency Development

Faculty development: We recruit new faculty members who have credentials in academic work and industry experience and evidence of academic excellence. There are schemes that encourage professional development of full-time faculty, and they are unique in the university system of Sri Lanka.

Foreign faculty: To augment the faculty requirements, the Institute recruits faculty internationally for short-term assignments (one month onwards). It offers attractive schemes for local and foreign academics who are looking for places to spend their sabbatical leave productively.

Integration of IT with teaching: An important direction of program quality improvement will be the integration of IT software with teaching courses and delivery of selected course work through the Internet.