To develop tertiary education sector:
Gateway launches graduate school
Gateway, plans to develop its tertiary education sector by launching
the Gateway Graduate School, situated in close proximity to Gateway
College, Rajagiriya one hundred yards from the Parliament Road. The
Campus consists of state-of-the-art facilities for modern teaching,
sports and recreation.
Gateway Graduate School, in partnership with NCC Education UK, will
initially offer a choice of two career pathways to complete Degrees from
University of Wales, here in Sri Lanka. They are able to receive the
Degree at the University convocation in the UK.
Chairman Gateway R. I. T. Alles
Undergraduates will also have the option of transferring to
Universities in UK, USA or Australia at the end of every academic year.
The three year programme of study is structured for students to
receive industry recognised qualifications at the end of every year. The
organisation wishes to offer Degrees in more specialties from more
Universities in time to come.
BSc (Hons) in Business Computing and Information Systems equips
graduates with the technical and personal skills necessary for taking
part in the design, implementation and management of modern computer
systems and to provide professionally-minded computer practitioners with
the responsibilities and challenges that the computing industry demand.
BSc (Hons) in Business Administration covers the scope of
international business through a logical and cohesive progression over a
period of three years. It includes modules preparing the students for
work or postgraduate study in the areas of management, accounting,
marketing and finance.
On completion of the degree, students will have the knowledge and
understanding required at various levels in an international business
working environment, as well as the skills required to research, analyse
and manage business relationships, or to develop further through
Professor Dayantha Wijeyesekera
An additional International Foundation Year (IFY) is available for
students who wish to join after Sri Lankan or London OL. IFY will be of
benefit to students who wish to continue their studies to degree level
and beyond, but who are currently under-qualified both linguistically
and in their subject specialisation to begin undergraduate studies.
The programme in addition to raising students’ English level will
also provide a firm grounding in Business and Computing along with study
skills, personal development and culture.
With qualified and experienced staff drawn from the industry, an
up-to-date library, multimedia centre etc. the Graduate school promises
a new revolution in teaching and learning.
A spacious garden with play areas for many sports including Tennis,
Basketball, Netball and many others provide the necessary environment
for a modern campus. Facilities such as swimming pool, badminton courts,
squash courts etc. will be made available to students in the near
The Governor of the Graduate School is Vidya Jyothi Emeritus
Professor Dayantha Wijeyesekera. As a former Vice Chancellor of two
esteemed Universities - University of Moratuwa and Open University of
Sri Lanka, Professor Wijeyesekera brings in a wealth of experience as a
renowned educationist and an institution builder.
Through Gateway Graduate School, he wishes to provide tertiary
Education opportunities at affordable costs either entirely or partly
overseas depending on the choice of parents.
He is of the view that obtaining qualifications from foreign
universities should be based on recognition from local industry and
professional bodies. He mentions that every endeavour would be made to
achieve these goals.
Chairman Gateway R. I. T. Alles, mentions that the organisation is
delighted to be opening the new Graduate School. When Gateway
International School was re-named as Gateway College, the theme and
focus was renewed to provide education from ‘Foundation to Graduation’.
Cranfield MBA Scholarship for Lanka
Cranfield School of Management in the UK will present a scholarship
to any member of the three leading IFAC accountancy bodies in Sri Lanka,
the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute
of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka (ICASL) or the Chartered Institute of
Management Accountants Sri Lanka Branch (CIMA).
Full Time MBA Programme Director Sean Rickard who informed Sri Lanka
of the scholarship said, “We hope the scholarship attracts candidates
who will benefit from this initiative and that, with the help of the
accounting bodies in Sri Lanka, it will raise Cranfield’s profile. We
are extremely grateful for the support of the institutes in this. We
will be reviewing the success of the programme after two years.”
ACCA Sri Lanka’s Immediate Past President, Dilshan Rodrigo, himself
an alumni of the Cranfield School of Management says, “I hope most
sincerely that this initiative will signal the birth of a new generation
of professional skilled managers who will add value to the corporate
boardrooms of Sri Lanka.”
Stating that this is a world class MBA ranked consistently as one of
the top MBAs in Europe, he adds, “This one year full time programme is
ideally suited for members in middle and senior management positions
with ambitious career goals.”
Rodrigo, who has continued to maintain ties with Cranfield, further
reinforced the relationship once he became President of ACCA Sri Lanka,
sourcing resource speakers for the ACCA National Conferences in the last
“Two people who played significant roles in mooting this scholarship
from the Cranfield end are the former Director of the MBA Programme
Professor Leo Murray who was the Keynote Speaker at our conference in
2006 and Sri Sriskanthan, a Sri Lankan faculty member on the MBA
Cranfield has produced a distinguished honour roll of MBA alumni from
Sri Lanka over the last two decades including Managing Director of
Hatton National Bank Rajendra Theagarajah, Senior Vice President of WNS
Arul Sivagananathan and Group Financial Controller of Stretchline
Hasantha de Silva.
Members of ICASL, ACCA and CIMA must apply directly to Cranfield
School of Management, for which instructions are available on the
Cranfield website www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/mba/, marking the
application ‘Sri Lanka Scholarship’.
CINEC Maritime Campus Convocation
The Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC),
Malabe, which has been conducting courses in Maritime Studies for
eighteen years, will be holding its first convocation today at 3.30 p.m.
at the Klaus E Oldendorff Auditorium of the campus for the conferment of
Bachelor’s Degree and Diplomas to all those who have successfully
completed the examinations conducted by CINEC.
The Bachelor’s Degree are awarded by Dalian Maritime University (DMU)
of the People’s Republic of China, under a cooperative agreement
allowing CINEC to offer three programmes of DMU.
The congregation will be presided by the Chancellor of CINEC,
Professor (Dr.) P.K. Mukherjee, Vice President (Research) of World
Maritime University, Sweden.
The Chief Guest on the occasion will be Professor (Dr.) Wang Zuwen,
President of Dalian Maritime University.