SriLankan Airlines and Institute of Supply and Materials Management join hands for a knowledge-sharing venture





Colombo July 8, 2014: SriLankan Airlines and the Institute of Supply and Materials Management (ISMM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday (July 2) to exchange knowledge and facilities for the enhancement of travel and tourism education in the country.

SriLankan Airlines’, Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. G.T. Jeyaseelan and Institute of Supply and Materials Management, President, Mr.  Mr Anil Ponweera signed the MoU at SriLankan Airlines Office in Colombo in the presence of the officials of both the institutions.

Under the new agreement, there will be an array of knowledge-exchanging programmes ranging from aviation, travel & tourism industry, Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain; for the benefit of the students of both institutions who are aspiring to pursue careers in travel and tourism and the industry personnel who are seeking higher educational opportunities.

These programmes are aimed at synergizing core competencies to develop the skills of supply chain professionals to meet the requirements of the aviation industry while setting up a mechanism to generate supply chain professions to be abreast with the high employee turnover due to prevailing high demand in the industry. The focus of the programmes is to develop a succession plan in the critical functional areas such as-In-bound logistics, internal processes, outbound logistics, warehousing and inventory management. The courses are intended to cater to the emerging needs in relations to logistics and supply chain in the country, thereby contributing to the  expansion of the national carrier and the establishment of new air services.

The International Aviation Academy (IAA) of SriLankan Airlines has been a pioneering training body in South Asia that also has received a prestigious recognition from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as one of the World’s Top Ten Authorised Aviation Training Centres of its 2013 Premier Circle – an assessment made on the evaluation of 440 aviation training centres in 90 countries.

Founded on 24th October 1972, Institute of Supply & Materials Management (ISMM) is the leading specialized institution which fosters the professional development of Purchasing and Supply function in Sri Lanka. The ISMM is affiliated to the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management based in Switzerland which is the world body encompassing 45 national associations having more than 200,000 professionals engaged in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.




Mr. Harsha Priyadarshan, Manager, SriLankan Technical Training, Mr. Buddhika Hewawasam, Manager International Aviation Academy, Mr. Primal de Silva, General Manager - SriLankan Aviation College, Mr. G.T. Jeyaseelan, Chief Marketing Officer, SriLankan Airlines , Mr Anil Ponweera – President ISMM, Ms Gayani De Alwis – Vice President ISMM, Mr Nalin Silva – Vice President ISMM, Mr Asoke Fernando -General Secretary ISMM)