A Victoria University lecturer has been named accounting/finance educator of the year by the peak body representing Australia and New Zealand’s accounting and finance academics, and educational publisher Pearson Australia.
Dr Pandula Gamage, a lecturer in VU’s College of Business since 2008, received the Pearson Australia 2014 Accounting/Finance Educator of the Year Award in Auckland last month at the annual Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand conference.
Dr Gamage earned the award – which was created in 2001 to encourage and recognise innovative university-level accounting and finance teaching – for how he prepares students to enter a rapidly changing profession.
“The role of accounting professionals is now moving from number-crunchers to business advisers, and these changes require developing skills in leadership, communication and an understanding of the broad business environment,” he said.
The Williams Landing resident says he is immensely proud and privileged to receive the prestigious award, which includes a prize of $3000 and a commemorative trophy.
The award was judged by education directors of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Nominees were assessed on their enthusiasm for teaching and promoting student learning, their command of subject matter, and their ability to present course material imaginatively.
Dr Gamage came to academia after an extensive background in industry as a financial analyst and internal auditor. He says this gives him not only a strong network of industry contacts for student work placements, but also first-hand knowledge to translate complex ideas into real-world contexts and engage students so they hit the ground running when they graduate.
“As accounting and finance educators, it’s our responsibility to ensure students enter the world of accounting, banking and finance able to deal with the challenges created by changes in regulation, public policy and technology,” he said. “I am delighted to be recognised.”
A photo of Dr Gamage is available.
Dr Gamage is available for interview.
Ann Marie Angebrandt
Marketing & Advancement, Victoria University
Phone: +61 3 9919 5487