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Celebrations of MSI Students – Setting an Example at a Time it’s Needed the Most

At a point of crisis where the world is gasping for its final breath amid a non-reversable climate change catastrophe, acting to protect and conserve the environment needs to be made a priority of all beings. Last week, the New York City launched a 15-digit digital display countdown named as the “Metronome” which reads us time as to how long we have until the climate change effect upon Earth is irreversible. The countdown is currently dialing down at 7 years and little over a hundred days, which is time before the world gets to cut down its greenhouse gas emissions to give Earth a two-third of a chance of surviving below 1.5 degrees Celsius in comparison to pre-industrial age.
The key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions contributing towards climate change is to avoid deforestation. Deforestation has been an immense threat globally as well as locally making its way to the headlines brought under discussion over the past decade in Sri Lanka.
Ahead of World Tourism Day 2020, students who are following the Bachelor’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management (BHTM) from the Management and Science Institute (MSI) Colombo recently made their educational tour to Anawilundawa Wetland Reserve and Bird Sanctuary.
Following the recent news of the wetland destruction at Anawilundawa and considering the importance of environmental protection towards the local biodiversity and tourism growth, the students extended their hands to help-out the wetland reserve that came under threat. The first step of this initiative was the understanding that the students built as responsible citizens of what they are required to provide the world in exchange for all it’s done for us.
Management and Science Institute became the First University to engage in the Mangrove tree plantation at Anawilundawa as a step towards creating awareness and revitalising the wetland reserve. Anawilundawa wetland and Bird Sanctuary spanning over 1,397 hectares is the calm and quiet home to water birds, threatened fish, Amphibians and Reptiles. The sanctuary comprises 7 manmade tanks that have been benefitting the natural habitat and the biodiversity of the area. Environmental Organisations educated the students regarding the biodiversity and the natural habitat of the sanctuary and as to why it plays a vital role towards the environment. Towards the end of the session, the Wildlife Conservation Authority and the Environmental Organisations engaged in protecting the wetland reserve made a request from the students to provide their contribution and to act responsibly where necessary, to protect and preserve the environment.
A special Thank You needs to be extended to many persons who provided their valuable time and effort to make this a success. The Department of Wildlife Conservation acted as the key guidance to provide resources to implement this initiative. The Assistant Director of the Department of Wildlife conservation Eranda Gamage coordinated and set the platform for the students to engage in this project.
Buddhika Upananda and Thushan Wijesingha, the Assistant Rangers of the Department of Wildlife Conservation at Anawilundawa wetland reserve were the key personnel on-site that paved the way to a successful project which was the start of setting a great example. We specially thank to Prof Tan Sri, the President and Prof. Puan Sri, the Vice Chancellor of MSU for their guidance for students’ activities towards their development. Director of Management and Science Institute, Colombo Samantha Peiris and lecturers Vajira Ratnayake and Dr. Sharmini Perera, guided the students throughout the planning and initiation of the project. The students of the Bachelor’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management need to be appreciated for going out of their way to recognise the importance of such an initiative, not just to the country but to the world.
Along with the rapid development of Tourism industry in Sri Lanka, MSU & MSI offers the most recognised, the Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management program leading to the Bachelors (hons) Degree that bestows students with the knowledge in the combined disciplines of Hospitality, Tourism, Event and Management. In addition to being educated in these fields, students will also learn about the state-of-the-art technologies used in the fields of economics, management and marketing, enabling graduates of this program, to not only be competent in Hospitality and Tourism, but also to have a knowledge on complex strategic issues in the Business decision making in any changing environment
Management & Science Institute (MSI) is Sri Lankan center of Management and Science University (MSU) Malaysia and MSU is 544thQS world Ranked University and enjoying the status of recognising as an “Excellent University”, as stated by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and accredited by the Accreditation Services for International Colleges UK, MSU strives to be the university of choice for specialized and professional education. MSU Malaysia has recognised by the University Grant Commission (UGC) Sri Lanka.
For More information on this event or MSU & MSI Programs, contact us on Management & Science Institute (MSI) at No, 300 Galle Road, Colombo 3. Tel : 011 257 69600 / 011 2576700 Hotline : 077 0777 880 or email e- mail ; [email protected] or website www.msi.edu.lk or www.msu.edu.my

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