MANILA – The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) in Manila, the training arm of the Colombo Plan headquartered in Sri Lanka, for the first time in history, has appointed a Sri Lankan, Prof. Ganemulle Lekamalage Dharmasri Wickramasinghe, as its 12th Director-General. He assumed the post on September 1, 2021.
Prof. Wickramasinghe, an accomplished and award-winning educator, brings with him his stellar experience in the field of technical and vocational training and education, acquired over a period of time in Sri Lanka, to the TVET system of the Colombo Plan. He is a Bachelor of Science graduate in Textile Engineering with first-class honours from the University of Moratuwa. He obtained his doctorate degree at the University of Manchester, a PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching, from the University of Arts London, UK and an MBA from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
As the new Director-General, he will be responsible for representing the CPSC in its engagements, ensuring its vision of becoming an “intergovernmental TVET leader for sustainable development” will be carried out to its member countries and partner organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region. He will also act as the President of the Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC).
The CPSC is an autonomous specialized agency of the Colombo Plan established in 1973. This institute is a unique Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO), which constantly addresses issues in Technical and Vocational Education & Training in the Asia and the Pacific Region. CPSC has 26 member countries classified as charter and current members. There are 16 active member countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand), 12 charter member countries (Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Laos, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam).
-Embassy of Sri Lanka, Manila