The International Learning Academy


The first step in meeting your professional aspirations

Managing a business in this VUCA world is fast becoming the most demanded with relevance to skills. Whether an entrepreneur, business leader or any other professional, the skills of business management and critical thinking, will give you the strongest of foundations in order to build a trailblazing professional career.

The International Learning Academy (ILA) is a gateway to help you build that foundation for the future. Backed by Nanaska which is a recognised education partner with over two decades of professional teaching experience, ILA offers a range of qualifications for all students i.e., from the student in secondary school who is just starting out, to the more seasoned professional looking to take their career to new heights.

In partnership with several leading international leading universities, ILA offers a range of qualifications in the field of business management. Some of the programmes offered by ILA include pre-university foundation level programs like the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) programme in partnership with London International Academy based in Ontario, Canada, which allow direct access to universities without pursuing the traditional A/L qualification route; Post Graduate programs (Masters Level and PhD programmes) in partnership with IEG Campus in Malaysia as well as by the esteemed Greenwich University in Pakistan & Mauritius.

ILAโ€™s collaborative partnerships with international universities and comprehensive and diverse curriculum fosters a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship akin to the real world and encourage students to think creatively, take risks and become effective team players.

ILA is backed by Nanaska (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lankaโ€™s pioneer in online and distance learning programmes. Having maintained stringent quality standards in providing quality education, Nanaska boasts of a decade of quality services since setting up operations in 2009 primarily offering its services to overseas students following financial management studies. An education at ILA allows students to easily gain access to world-class education & skills development. Nanaskaโ€™s lecturers have decades of experience in teaching and the added advantage of being industry leaders has helped them guide students to become competent business leaders who can compete on the global stage and make a positive impact, both in their industries and in society.

ILAโ€™s faculty is led by Mr. Channa Gunawardena and Dr. Nirmal De Silva. Mr. Channa Gunawardena is a celebrated CEO at one of the leading public listed companies with diverse qualifications in Finance and Management and possesses an extensive track record of producing Global CIMA prize winners. Dr. Nirmal De Silva is an accomplished Strategy Consultant, SME Evangelist, Board Director and Associate Professor, with extensive expertise in providing strategic leadership to multinational and Fortune 500 companies, serving on diverse boards and influencing the start-up and social enterprise ecosystem.

Offering lessons on hybrid mode as well as one-to-one mentoring, ILAโ€™s commitment to guiding students to achieve their maximum potential is unparalleled. Speaking at the launch of ILA on the 18th of May, at the Ramada Colombo, Lead Lecturer Mr. Channa Gunawardena said, โ€œOur visionary leadership ensures that our students receive the best education possible, we provide orientation programs to help students fit right in as well as one-on-one tutoring to overcome any difficulty. Our students have the opportunity to participate in internships at world class organizations as part of their training, international exchange programs, and job placements via Nanaska Connect. An education at ILA is any studentโ€™s first step to unlocking their potential as future business leaders.โ€

The launch of ILA sees a move to position Sri Lanka not just as a regional business leader but also as a premier educational provider capable of building world-class business leaders through innovative and transformative education & skills development that empowers students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Photo captions:

Exchanging of the MOU between International Learning Academy (ILA) and Greenwich University, Karachi. Left to right: Mr. Channa Gunawardana โ€“ Joint Director of ILA & Nanaska, Mr. Rub Nawaz โ€“ Director Quality Enhancement Cell, Dr. Nirmal de Silva โ€“ Joint Director of ILA & Nanaska, Mr. Nazir Khodabux โ€“ Director International Linkage
Mr. Channa Gunawardana, lighting the traditional oil lamp, looked on by Dr. Nirmal De Silva
Academic, Consultant and Author, Prof. Nalin Abeysekera, giving the keynote speech at the launch of the International Learning Academy (ILA)
The staff of the International Learning Academy (ILA) at the launch
The panel of lecturers of Nanaska at the launch of the International Learning Academy (ILA)
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