Operations and Technology Management is a broad academic and a professional discipline, which has a number of employment opportunities in the manufacturing and service sectors. These opportunities include positions such as operations managers, project managers, inventory and warehouse managers, distribution systems managers, purchasing managers, quality managers, etc. The degree programme is the first of its kind in addressing these employment opportunities in line with needs of developing countries such as Sri Lanka. Moreover, many management schools and universities give top priority to this academic discipline as it promises more employment opportunities and its contribution to organizational productivity and competitiveness is vital. Current statistics of the employability of Operations and Technology Management graduates indicate sufficient evidence of the ability of undergraduates to assure their career in the field at the end of the degree programme. These statistics provide further evidence for the employability of undergraduates of this degree programme in other management fields such as Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Finance, and Accountancy due to broader scope covered by the curriculum.
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Manager- Risk & Quality/ Technical -PwC Sri Lanka
As a student from the first intake of the Operations and Technology Management degree programme, I strongly believe that studies carried out for this degree contributed to my career progression exponentially. It’s a strong foundation in terms of understanding and applying the principles of Operations Management in any organization (production/ service) comprehensively while improving business communication and leadership skills. If I relate my studies (both degree and professional qualifications) with what I’m currently pursuing at work, it’s purely related to the application of such knowledge because I’m the ‘Manager – Risk & Quality/ Technical’ of PwC Sri Lanka and discharge responsibilities with respect to the Quality Management System (QMS) which is monitored globally at a rigorous level among 150+ other countries. I completed final year internship at the same organization and the project was related to QMS where now I carry responsibilities as a part of my job role. Notwithstanding the above, I never considered my degree contradict with the studies in which I carried for obtaining Chartered Accountancy qualification. I successfully obtained my professional qualification with an extensive experience in locally as well as abroad, so my job scope has another part other than QMS related functions and which is related to the assisting in technical issues based on international accounting & auditing standards. So, it’s evidenced that the studies carried under the first degree is a vital part of my job role while allowing me to practice as a Chartered Accountant on the other hand. Therefore, I certainly recommend ‘BSc. Operations and Technology Management (Special) Degree’ as a smart choice among other options for any student who is interested to progress on the career ladder with a right mix of skill set in this dynamic business environment.
Assistant Manager – Planning – Printcare Group
The Operations and Technology Management Degree Programme helped me to successfully perform in my career through the skills in supply chain management, operations planning and controlling, data analysis with SPSS. I am also a winner of university colours for Volleyball in 2013 (Silver) and 2014 (Gold) as a result of my engagement in sports apart from regular studies.
Mohomad Altaz Abri
Merchandiser – MAS Bodyline
I’m currently employed as a Merchandiser at MAS Bodyline. I handle E-commerce brands including renowned brand Amazon. Previously, I worked at Hela Intimates as a Supply Chain Analyst. The Operations and Technology Management Degree Programme gave me an edge over others by giving the skills of analytical ability to derive data, lean manufacturing, effective project management through critical path analysis, and effective supply chain management.
Business Development Executive – Mack Air, John Keells Group
Since completing my degree in 2016, I have commenced employment as the Business Development Executive at Mack Air, the Airline Division of John Keells Group. Being in the Airline Industry, my day-to-day job involves in providing high-quality services to all stakeholders of the company. The Operations and Technology Management Degree presented me with the strongest foundation for understanding and growth in my career. The best of the Operations & Technology Management Degree program, in my opinion, is, definitely the lecturers and the high quality of lectures. It has given me the confidence and the knowledge to effectively and actively contribute to the resolution of challenges in my company. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student of the Department of Decision Sciences, and I am forever grateful for the quality education that I received.
An induction programme was organized by the department of decision sciences on 13th of August 2018 at old board room to welcome the 2nd year students who were selected to the department recently. Third year students of the department conducted … Continued
A friendly cricket match was played with the participation of graduates and staff members of the Department of Decision Sciences on 21st of October 2018 at the university ground to symbolize the Graduate Get-together. The cricket match was followed by … Continued
The annual outbound training programme of the Department of Decision Sciences was held at Rangiri Aqua – Dambulla during 26th-28th October 2018. Second year students of the department participated in this event along with the staff members . The main … Continued
The department organized an In-Plant Training Porgramme for the first time for 2nd year undergraduates with the aim of providing an in-depth practical knowledge on the operations and technology management fields in collaboration with national and multinational companies in Sri … Continued
Mr. S.R. Kirthiratne (2nd Year Undergraduate – attached to the Department of Decisions Sciences) represented Sri Lanka in the 2018 FISU World University Badminton Championships. The tournament was organized by the the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and was held … Continued
Research paper titled “Can e-servicescapes improve student engagement?” presented by Ms.H.D.H.C Dassanayake (Lecturer – probationary attached to the Department of Decision Sciences) won the Gold Medal for Best Research Paper at the 32nd Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open … Continued
Under the MoU with Sheffield Hallam University, UK, the Department of Decision Sciences organized an industry workshop on ‘University-Industry Collaborative Research’. This workshop was held on 12th September 2018 at the new boardroom of the Sri Soratha Building with the … Continued
On 10th of September 2018, the Department of Decision Sciences organized a guest lecture on “Clean Technology Innovation” under the Technology Management (DSC 2343) course offered to second year students. The guest speaker was Mr. Samantha Kumarasena, CEO National Cleaner … Continued