From left to right: Mr Chinthana Vithanage (Managing Director of Thames College, Sri Lanka), Priyantha Padmasiri (Chairman of Thames College, Sri Lanka), Sue Graham (Head of Operations and Compliance of CTH-UK), Sanju Dissanayake (Chief Executive Officer at Thames college, Sri Lanka)
Thames College held its graduation ceremony for tourism and hospitality management students recently at Hilton Colombo Residence. It was the first-ever graduation for hospitality and tourism management from a private educational institute in Sri Lanka.
The graduates received a professional qualification awarded by worldwide recognized awarding body Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH). It was a stepping stone for the graduates in taking the next step in either continuing their higher education track or entering the workforce.
Thames College of further & Higher Education (Pvt.) Ltd was launched in march 2010 with a powerful vision to be the number one innovative and effective education solutions provider in Sri Lanka under the dynamic leadership of its Chairman Priyantha Padmasiri.
Thames College in collaboration with CTH (UK) offer tourism and hospitality management courses covering, diploma, advanced diploma and postgraduate diploma and the mission of CTH is to provide qualifications of the highest standards. CTH achieves this through robust monitoring supported by the industry, universities and the UK Government Regulator - Ofqual. The awarding body, has partnerships with major international employers and academic institutions.
The Chief Guest at the occasion was Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Co-operation and Deputy Minister for Finance and Planning and at this occasion CTH-UK fellowships were awarded to nine top professionals in the industry namely: Anura Samarawickrema Lokuhetty, Chandra Mohotti, Malin Hapugoda, M. Shanthikumar, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Prasanna W. Jayewardene, Prema Cooray, Dr. Suranga De Silva and Tilak Srikantha Selviah.
The Guest of Honour at the Ceremony was Sue Graham, Head of Operations Compliance - Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality, UK.
Dr. Sarath Amunugama in his speech stated, "An era of a reemerging tourist market highlights the dire need for well-trained qualified personnel to give the industry the impetus it needs"
Published on Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka