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Executive Credential in Leadership and Public Policy

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Executive Credential
in Leadership and Public Policy

The Executive Credential in Leadership and Public Policy is the flagship program of the BALPP, designed to provide an in-depth understanding of leadership, together with principles of public policy development, within an ethical framework.

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The new Executive Credential in Leadership & Public Policy (ECLPP) is a comprehensive two-semester, one year course that aligns with the core mandate of the Bandaranaike Academy for Leadership and Public Policy. This program offers an in-depth understanding of leadership and public policy development, addressing associated challenges. It equips students with creative and design-thinking skills, leadership abilities, and policy analysis capabilities, all within an ethical framework.
Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the policy-making process, including formulation, implementation, and evaluation, with a strong emphasis on rigorous policy analysis using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The program also cultivates ethical leadership and social responsibility, highlighting integrity, accountability, and equity in policymaking.
Practical application of leadership and public policy concepts is a key focus, with opportunities for real-world case studies, hands-on projects, and immersive learning experiences. The course incorporates innovative pedagogical methods to sharpen critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills, including interactive learning, policy brief preparation, quizzes, debates, and Immersive Learning experiences.
The BALPP organizes visits for students to key governance sites, including the Parliament and the Presidential Secretariat, providing them with firsthand insights into the workings of government institutions.
The course culminates in a Capstone Project undertaken through independent study, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills in a comprehensive final project.

Semester One

Theme 1 – Becoming an Agile and Visionary Leader

 – Module 1 – Visionary Leadership

 – Module 2 – Moral Leadership in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) World; Corruption, Ethics and Integrity

 – Module 3 – Navigating broad ‘systems-thinking’ within a holistic approach.

Theme 2 – Leadership Principles in Policymaking, Politics and Governance

 – Module 1 – Policy Formulation & Politics and Governance

 – Module 2 – Policy Implementation Challenges

 – Module 3 – Policy Innovation and Evidence-based decision making

Semester Two

 Part 1 – Common Module

  1. The Next Generation of Leaders
  2. Understanding Research & Scientific Method

 Part 2 – Electives

Students can choose one elective from one of the following : 

    • Climate Resilience Policy
    • Economic Policy
    • Education Policy
    • Emerging Technologies with Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity
    • Healthcare Policy
    • Power and Renewable Energies Policy

 Part 3 – Capstone Project

A capstone project aims to demonstrate a student’s mastery of a particular subject or field of study. It is typically a culminating project that integrates and applies the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course of a degree program. The project may involve research, analysis, problem-solving, and creative work, and it should demonstrate the student’s ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and work independently. The ultimate aim of a capstone project is to produce high-quality, original work that contributes to the student’s academic and professional development.

Please see the Course Handbook for more information.

Those with

  • A degree from a recognized university or an equivalent qualification, or a professional qualification.
  • Three (03) passes in the G. C.E.(A/L) or equivalent qualification with 02 years post-qualifying work experience.
  • Three (03) passes in the G. C.E.(A/L) and a diploma from a recognized institute.

    Medium of instruction will be English.

For more information please refer to the Course Handbook or visit here please.

  1. Dr. Nirmal de Silva PhD, FCPM, FABE, FCIM, DBA, MBA, CIMA
  2. Mr. Chaaminda Kumarasiri FCA, FCCA, FCMA, FMAAT, MBA, B.Sc. Accountancy (Sp.)
  3. Ms. Sankhitha Gunaratne MA Corruption and Governance, University of Sussex, LLB, Attorney- at-Law.
  4. Dr Ajay Jeyaseelan MBBS, MBA, Dip, MCGP
  5. Prof Shehan Williams MBBS (Jaffna), MPhil (Kelaniya), MDPsych (Colombo), FRCPsych (UK), FSLCOP
  6. Dr. Pavithra Jayawardena BA (Colombo) MA (Colombo) PhD (Wellington)
  7. Ms. Aneetha Warusavitarana MPhil (University of Cambridge), BSc (University of London)
  8. Dr. Ramesh Ramasamy BA (Hons), MRDP, PhD
  9. Mr. Dhananath Fernando BSc (University of Colombo)
  10. Dr. Roshan Perera BA, MA (University of Colombo), MPA – Public Policy Analysis (Harvard Kennedy School), PhD (Melbourne), Edward A. Mason Fellow
  11. Mr. Asela Waidyalankara LLB and LLM (RANEPA), BBA (Staffordshire University)
  12. Ms. Gayani Hurulle MPP (National University of Singapore), BSc (University of London)
  13. Mr. Senith Abeyanayake MSc (University of Oxford), BSc (University of London), Bachelor of Laws (Colombo)
  14. Mr. Talal Rafi Bsc (University of East London)
  15. Mr. Thilan Wijesinghe BSc (State University of New York), BSc , BA (Cornell University)
  16. Mr. Thulith Edirisinghe BSc (MIT)
  17. Prof. Izhar Oplatka PhD
  18. Mr. Thilina Panduwawala Msc (Colombo) , Bsc (University of London)
  19. Mr. Rohan Edirisinha LLB (Colombo), LLM (University of California, Berkeley)
  20. Ms. Kavindya Thennakoon BA (Wellesley College, USA), MA (Stanford University)
  21. Ms. Neema Jayasinghe MPhil (University of Cambridge)
  22. Mr. Harshana Perera LLB (Colombo), Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court, CIMA (UK), MBA
  23. Dr. Ravi Rannan-Eliya MBBS, MSc (Cambridge)
  24. Dr. Nishara Mendis LL.B (Colombo) , LL.M (Yale Law School) , PhD (Maastricht University)
  25. Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda MPhil (University of Sussex), BSc (University of London)
  26. Prof. Buddhi Marambe M.Agr. and D.Agr. (Hiroshima Univ of Japan) B.Sc (Peradeniya)
  27. Prof. Saroj Jayasinghe MBBS, MD (University of Colombo)
  28. Mr. Vinod Malwatte MSc (University of Colorado), BSc Macalester College, USA
  29. Dr Ananda Malawatantri PhD, Msc (Washington State University) , BSc (Col)
  30. Dr Terney Pradeep Kumara Ph.D. (University of Kalmar, Sweden) , B.Sc Hons (Ruhuna, SL)
  31. Prof Panduka Karunanayake MBBS (NCMC), MD Medicine (Col.), FRCP (Lon.), FCCP (SL)
  32. Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe Ph. D, M.Sc. (University of Wales College of Cardiff), B.Sc. (Cmb)
  33. Prof. Hemanthi Ranasinghe B.Sc. (Hons), M. Sc. (USJ), Ph.D. (Wales), C. I. Biol. (Sri Lanka)
  34. Mr. Johann Peiris MA (New York University), BA (Ithaca College)
  35. Dr. M. Aruna Devanmini Rabel M.B.B.S, M.Sc (Medical Administration), MBA
  36. Mr. Parakrama Jayasinghe BSc Eng (hons) University of Peradeniya
  37. Prof. Roshan G. Ragel BSc Eng (hons) University of Peradeniya
  38. Mr. Piyal Hennayake BA (University of Moratuwa), MBA (Asian Institute of Technology)
  39. Dr. Dileep De Silva PHD, MBA, MSC, MD
  40. Prof. Rose Wijeyesekera LLB, MPhil, Ph.D. in Law
  41. Mr. Travis Gomez CFA
  42. Prof. Deepika Udagama LL. B, LL.M. (University of Colombo), LL.M. JSD in international human rights law (University of California at Berkeley, USA)

Special Invited Guest Speakers

Please refer to the Course Handbook to find out who the special guest speakers are.

For more information and to register your interest please contact Aeshanip@balpp.com or text/call +94 71 231 0648. Please feel free to contact us through Whatsapp as well!

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