Professor Gunapala Nanayakkara’s life-time work over 50 years of his career may give the budding professionals a glimpse of what success and problems mean in one’s development path. In a wide variety of areas, he has learned, worked and experienced to gather information useful for others
He studied at the then Vidyodaya University of Ceylon (now Sri Jayewardenepura) and in prestigious Canadian Universities (York University and Carleton University) to learn in the disciplines of management, public administration and international affairs. He has been teaching in these areas since 1973 in out universities as well as in US (16 months) and Canadian universities (2 years) as an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management. For his pioneering work in management education since 1980 in the postgraduate level in particular, he was awarded the presidential award of Sri Lanka Sikhamani (tertiary education).
He has worked in many important capacities including Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission and Director-General of National Institute of Education. Prior to retirement from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, he had served as Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), which he started in the early 1980s, for 27 years, during which time he made the PIM a fully self-financed institution in the university system of Sri Lanka.
Currently, Prof. Nanayakkara works as the Coordinating Secretary of the Hon. State Minister of Education Reforms, and Promotion of Open Universities and Distance Learning