The academic arm of the SANASA Campus, Faculty of Management & Finance conducts three special degree programmes which have been accredited by the University Grant Commission. Three academic departments, namely Banking & Finance, Insurance & Risk Management and Regional Science & Planning come under the purview of the Faculty and conduct the said three-degree programmes. In addition, the Information Technology Centre and the Library function under the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Finance. Assistant registrar/Academic and assistant registrar/Examinations extend their support to the Dean of the Faculty, especially in respect of admissions of students and related affairs and on examinations in order to run the Faculty smoothly.
The work-based learning component embedded in all three-degree programmes make a significant difference when compared to undergraduate degree programmes in other universities, which is an integral part of all three-degree programmes from the first year onwards. The method adopted by the SANASA Campus in imparting knowledge to its students enable it to produce employable and highly relevant graduates to cater to the demand of both public and private sector. Furthermore, at its inception, the SANASA Campus has adopted a lateral entry method in admitting students, especially to the Department of Insurance & Risk Management to increase the accessibility of higher educational opportunities for those who have been left out from the formal higher education, but successful with professional qualifications with relevant career exposure.
The Faculty of Management and Finance possesses three Departments, namely:
BSc in Banking and Finance program is an undergraduate degree program delivered over four years providing an in-depth understanding of core areas of economics, banking and finance. It consists of a broad range of economic subjects including banking, financial intermediation, asset and liability management, financial decision making, financial markets and institutions, and accounting. Students will learn about the pricing of financial assets and why and how corporations choose and issue various types of assets. The banking courses provide information on precisely how financial intermediaries operate, both on a domestic level and in the international market
The Department of Insurance & Risk Management is committed to enhancing Insurance education creating programs to develop capabilities and competencies of the students; to meet the real insurance requirements of the country through interaction with insurance experts and academics. The BSc program in Insurance and Risk Management offers Real Estate and Legal Studies, the major in Risk Management/Insurance which is designed to provide students with an overall background in risk management, life and health insurer operations and products, property and casualty operations and products, financial planning and employee benefits.
The Insurance and Risk Management program will help the students to start a rewarding career that will make a difference and build a future in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. As a student, you will partake in courses in the Principles and Practices of Insurance, Risk Management, Essential Skills for Brokers/Agents, Leadership Principles and Practices, and Professional Communications.
The BSc program in Regional Science and Planning offers planning and managing urban congestion, environmental degradation and poverty eluviation. Although there is an increasing demand for trained personnel in regional planning in Sri Lanka, there are hardly any formal training programs conducted at undergraduate level in Sri Lankan universities or other institutions dealing with development studies. Therefore B.Sc Hons in Regional Science and Planning is a timely necessity and it directly serves the national needs. The objective of the course is to prepare students for a career in Regional Science and Planning related fields. To achieve this objective, the course is based on well-integrated units which enables the student to participate in an interactive learning experience through lectures, team based field work, analysis of case studies, application of theory to problem solving, individual assignments etc. The course explores regional development issues in both the developed and developing world. Regarding the latter, specific attention is paid to Sri Lanka and countries of the South Asian Region. Furthermore, attention is paid to globalization and the emergence of new regionalism. By the end of the course students should have acquired several transferable skills which include critical and analytical skills; a basic competence in empirical research and its methodologies, project formulation and planning, and specific technical skills, such as computing, spatial statistics and GIS applications providing the students a competitive edge in seeking career paths.
SANASA campus is the main education arm of the movement. The activities of the campus in service to its sister organizations and various other cooperative and community organizations are managed by the Centre for Co-operative and Community Studies (CCCS) of the campus. On the other hand, the higher education activities of the campus, including BSc degree programs, Diploma and Certificate courses are carried out by the SANASA Institute of Business and Development Studies (SIBDS). SIBDS is being promoted as a degree awarding institution belonging to the cooperative sector of Sri Lanka.
CCCS programmes have been designed to achieve the purposes of enhancing the participants’ theoretical knowledge and skills in the field of management focusing a greater emphasis on the cooperative sector, upgrading the overall career position of employees particularly the junior managerial level by nurturing positive attitudes with them for better performance and providing an ample opportunity for societies to gain the practical exposure and knowledge in the field of cooperative Management.
CCCS takes measures in terms of attracting quality lecture panels, using modern teaching and learning facilities and conducting interactive sessions through lectures, discussions, field visits, group works and case studies to achieve the intended outcomes of the Department as a high quality and result oriented educational entity.