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The Department of Economics of the University of Colombo is pleased to announcethat it is holding, in collaboration with undergraduates from Special Degree in Economics Streams from local universities in Sri Lanka, the 15th South Asian Economics Students Meet (SAESM) in Colombo from 21 - 26 January, 2019. The SAESM, the only forum for young economists in the SAARC countries, provides a unique platform for undergraduates of economics streams for networking, knowledge sharing, and fostering a collective understanding inissues of and formulating strategies for a South Asianeconomic development and prosperity. The SAESM, since its inauguration in Delhi in 2004, has continued its unbroken legacy as an annual meet and has established as an important event in the academic calendar of all South Asian universities.  The SAESM visions this important event as one to groom young economists as an unorthodox force to reckon within the South-Asian development and beyond.The SAESM’s contribution towards professional development of young undergraduates has been most noteworthy.  It has groomed hundreds of young undergraduates professionals to deliberate at international fora also provides each undergraduate a distinctive opportunity for skills enhancement, team work, leadership and to develop confidence and provide hands-on global exposure.    Over the years, the SAESM has been expanding and evolving its vistas to undertake roles evenbeyond.

13th South Asian Economic Students’ Meet (SAESM) which was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 29th January to 3rd February, 2017 brought great glory to Sri Lanka and to the University of Colombo with the exceptional performance of young economists.
13th SAESM was very special for Sri Lanka and it stands amongst the best SAESMs for the country thus far for the very reason of a Sri Lankan winning the Best Research Paper Award for the first time in the history of SAESM. It was Naveen Wickremeratne, an undergraduate who studies at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts of University of Colombo. He won the best research paper award named after two prestigious economists in South Asia, Mahbub Ul Haq and the Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen. The best research paper amongst the south Asian undergraduates was chosen out of more than forty (40) research papers presented by undergraduates representing seven South Asian countries under six themes. Naveen, who is a final year undergraduate, competed under theme six ‘Infrastructure, Connectivity and Trade’ and his award winning research was titled ‘Impact of Infrastructure and Trade Openness on Economic Growth in South Asia – A Panel Study’. His research adopted a quantitative method using econometrics modelling to measure the impact on infrastructure and trade openness on South Asia and Naveen has developed an infrastructure index to estimate the impact of infrastructure on economic growth in South Asia.
In addition to the victory of Naveen, an undergraduate following Entrepreneurship and Management Degree Programme at UvaWellassa University, Chathuri Nadeesha was the co-recipient of the award for best research paper under the theme four ‘Global Value Chains in South Asia’. Her research was titled ‘Diversification Strategies and Intra - Regional Value Chains: A Framework for Textile and Clothing Industry in South Asia’.
SAESM was a well-organized event with the aim of promoting regional integration in South Asia and event’s theme was “One South Asia”. Critical issues faced by the South Asian region was categorized under six (6) themes and were thoroughly discussed. Sessions held by the World Bank and other sponsors of the event provided updated information to the undergraduates. Diverse representation of different nationalities, different cultural backgrounds were properly managed by the organizers by allocating time to get familiar with each other and the cultural night clearly highlighted the pride of different nations. Nothing could beat the incredible experience of visiting the beautiful country Nepal.
University of Colombo is the Sri Lanka’s coordination institution for SAESM and Prof.Sirimal Abeyratne acts as the country coordinator. Sri Lanka had thus far had hosted SAESM few times successfully and had achieved great victories throughout SAESM history including wining the budding economist award.

Formerly of City University of Hong Kong
Member, Finance Commission of Sri Lanka
24th November 2016
5.00 – 6.30 p.m.
Department of Economics Auditorium, 
Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

The Department of Economics is proud to announce that it pioneered the launching of an internship programme for undergraduate students. Since 2004, the department provides work experience placements in partnership with leading private sector, public sector, and semi-government institutions for students in the Economics Special Degree programme in their fourth year. This internship programme gives students an opportunity to gain work experience in bridging the gap between academic and working environments.
Our Partners - Internship Programme 2015
ABC Group of Companies 
Aitken Spence
Back Office Medicine Pvt. Ltd
Bank of Ceylon
BLT Shipping Company
BTL Lanka Pvt .Ltd
Canwill Holdings (PVT) LTD
Center for Poverty Analysis
Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)
Ceyline Group of Companies
Ceylon Electricity Board
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
Colombo Dockyard
Colombo Municipal Council
Commercial Bank PLC
Employers' Federation Of Ceylon
FLT World Wide Network
Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
Freight Container
Fright Link
Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research Institute
Hayleys Group
HNB Assurance
ICT Agency of Sri Lanka
Institute of Health Policy
Institute of Policy Studies
Ircon International Ltd
John Keels 
Kaluthota Finance Ltd
Lanka Bell
Loadstar Pvt. LTd
Mass Bodyline Pvt. Ltd
Ministry of Defense
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Public Administration & Home Affairs
New World Securities
Peoples Bank
Peoples’ Finance Leasing
Police Headquarters 
Price Water House Coopers
Sampath Bank PLC
Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka
Seylan Bank
Social Security Board
The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited
Union Assurances
Verite Research
Vijaya News Paper Privet Ltd
Win Lanka Educations

Alligning with the decision of faculty of Arts to provide undergraduates a novel and enriched learning experience, the department of Economics is happy to introduce two new study streams for general students of Faculty of Arts.
1.    Banking and Finance Study Stream
2.    Business and Managerial Economics
See the close plannar for new courses.

 Applications are called for the Certificate Course: English for Economics (EFE)