Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, a member of the WPO, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Industries, has introduced the first ‘Diploma in Packaging Technology’ that aims to pave the way for the next generation of packaging professionals, empowering them with cutting-edge knowledge and skills to revolutionise the industry.
The inaugural class was given by WPO Senior Vice President Marketing and President-elect, Luciana Pellegrino. There will be also classes given by WPO President, Pierre Pienaar, and Vice President Sustainability & Save Food, Nerida Kelton.
According to the organisers, “Packaging is no longer just a means of protecting products; it plays a pivotal role in sustainability, brand recognition, and consumer engagement. Recognising this the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging has designed a comprehensive and industry-relevant Diploma in Packaging Technology that equips students with expertise to address modern packaging challenges.”
Pellegrino adds, “It is an honour to be part of such an important moment to the history of packaging industry in Sri Lanka and WPO is proud to support such holistic initiative. I was particularly proud of being invited for the inaugural class in a program that will be conducted by seasoned professionals and experts in the packaging field both locally and globally. Their industry experience and academic prowess will ensure that students receive top-notch education and guidance throughout their learning journey. The faculty members also foster a collaborative learning environment, encouraging students to think critically and creatively.”
The curriculum of the Diploma in Packaging Technology, which was developed by a resourceful team of experts, covers an array of subjects and topics, ranging from the packaging for global society and markets, packaging manufacturing and application process, principles of packaging design and materials science to logistics, marketing, and environmental impact assessments. Students gain a deep understanding of various packaging materials, their properties, and their suitability for different products. The program emphasises the importance of sustainable packaging solutions, encouraging students to explore biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable alternatives.