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Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) 2024

Organized by
Department of Financial Management
Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Jaffna
in collaboration with
CFA Society Sri Lanka (CFASSL)

The URS 2024 stands as a testament to the commitment of FMG and CFASSL in elevating Sri Lanka’s university students to global excellence, through our collaborative efforts. This esteem event offers a vibrant stage for insightful students destined to be finance’s future leaders, providing a forum to present their innovative research to an expert panel of academics and industry veterans with global exposure.

"Investing in Tomorrow -
Exploring Emerging Trends in Finance"

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Primary Objective

The event’s main goal is to offer a platform that allows students to present their fresh insights in finance, fostering an environment that encourages the pursuit of global excellence


Best paper awards

The three best papers will be selected from the accepted abstracts to encourage young researchers.

Target Participants

Undergraduate students who are in the field of finance, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship and business management.

Registration fees waived! 🎉

Brief of Author Guidelines

Word Limit: 250 – 350 words and 3-5 keywords

The extended abstract
2,000 to 2,500 words, The extended abstract should comprise the introduction, method, findings and discussion, conclusion, and references.

APA referencing style

Accepted abstracts will be published in the proceedings.

Submission of Extended Abstract

14 June 2024

Notification of Acceptance

30 July 2024

Submission of Camera Ready Copy

15 August 2024

Starting Date for Registration

20 August 2024

Deadline for Registration

05 September 2024


13 September 2024

Keynote Speakers

Aruna Perera (CFA), President of CFA Society Sri Lanka

Aruna Perera, CFA

CFA Society Sri Lanka

Aruna is a leading finance professional counting over two decades of experience in Financial Analytics, Corporate Finance, and Valuation management primarily in the blue-chip and corporate sectors in Sri Lanka. He obtained his CFA charter in 2007 and has been a board member of CFA Society Sri Lanka since 2015. Before he was appointed as the President, he served the Society in multiple roles including Vice President, Treasurer, GIPS Standards Chair, Research Challenge Chair, and University Outreach Chair.

Aruna currently works as the Group Chief Financial Officer at Analytical Instruments (Pvt) Limited (AIPL). Before joining AIPL, he was the Director of Corporate Finance and Valuation Consulting at PwC Sri Lanka. During his career of 25 years, Aruna has worked in multiple organizations including Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services (Pvt) Ltd, John Keells Holdings PLC, and Ernst & Young Sri Lanka.

Aruna holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, UK, and a BSc (accounting) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He is also an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Professor (Mrs.) Shantharuby Buvanendra

Professor (Mrs.) Shantharuby Buvanendra

Professor of Finance, Department of Finance,
Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo

Professor Shantharuby Buvanendra has been serving at the University of Colombo since 2009, previously at the University of Jaffna as a Senior Lecturer. Currently, she holds the position of Professor of Finance and coordinates the MBA in Finance program at the Faculty of Management and Finance. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Finance Education at the Sri Lanka Finance Association (SLFA) and has previously headed the Department of Finance.

She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from Pondicherry University, India, an MBA with a gold medal in Quantitative Techniques from the University of Colombo, and a First Class BBA degree with a finance specialization from the University of Jaffna. Notably, she received the Indian Government Commonwealth Scholarship in 2012 and the Australian Award Fellowship (AAF) in 2017, conducting post-doctoral research at Monash University, Australia.

Prof. Buvanendra actively conducts research, teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and supervises research at various levels. Her research interests span Capital Structure, Corporate Governance, Behavioral Finance, Financial Wellbeing, and Entrepreneurship. She has editorial experience, having served as the Editor of the Colombo Business Journal (CBJ) and currently as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Emerging Financial Markets and Policy (JEFMP) for the SLFA.

Symposium Convenor

Prof. (Mrs) R. Yogendrarajah

Professor in Financial Management

Department of Financial Management, University of Jaffna

Symposium Secretary

Mrs. M. Gowthaman

Lecturer in Financial Management

Department of Financial Management, University of Jaffna

Contact Details

  • 077 852 7987


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