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Cinec Maritime Campus:

Award winning leader in education

Today, there is a huge emphasis laid on higher education. Basically today's society needs people with higher education for the fulfilment of various job opportunities and can benefit society.

Daily News business interviewed Cinec Maritime Campus Marketing Manager Maduranga Perera.

According to Perera, Cinec Maritime campus is over two decades and it is indeed commendable. Inaugurated in 1990, Cinec is a multiple award winning leader in education in Sri Lankas private education sector, and is thriving on the vision of being the premier educational institute of the aspiring youth of Sri Lanka whist nurturing them to become value creating, competitive and self reliant. Cinec is also staffed skilled with dedicated lecturers both in Sri Lanka and other countries, Cinec's unwavering commitment to provide quality education in Sri Lanka has held them in good stead.

Marketing Manager Maduranga Perera.
Picture by Thushara Fernando

Here are excerpts of the interview:

Q: How does your university differentiate from other universities in the country?

A: The Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC), Malabe, has been conducting courses in Maritime studies as well as other courses for more than two decades by affiliating with well-known international universities. It is the largest private Higher Education organization, situated in the picturesque suburbs of Malabe in close proximity to Sri Jayewardenepura, the administrative capital of Sri Lanka.

CINEC Maritime Campus is established on a firm foundation based on four internationally accredited Quality Management Systems: ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management System Standard, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System Standard, OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard and DNV Standard for certification of Maritime Academies No. 3.401; as well as the University Grant Commission approval which ensure that Cinec students are served with a sense of professionalism and care.

Q: What courses are offered by Cinec?

A: Cinec is fully exemplified by 14000 students, including students from Nigeria, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Maldives annually follow a range of over 175 educational and training programmes. This includes newly introduced courses such as Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Sport Management and various IT related courses. For the first time in Sri Lanka Cince will also be introducing Bsc Maritime studies and Marine Engineering and has already obtained the University Grant Commission approval to conduct these programmes.

Q: What are the achievements of Cinec?

A: Cinec has been awarded the National Quality Awards for education sector for the third consecutive year (1991, 2004, 2009) as well as the Asia Pacific Quality Awards for education sector in 2010.

Cinec is not only confined to offering academic programmes, it is also engaged in offering professional programmes such as welding technology, aluminium fabricating, plumbing, etc....in a bid to cater to job requirements in foreign countries.

Q: Government is talking of a knowledge based economy. What is your contribution to bridge the gap between the global job requirements and local standards through your curriculum?

A: Cinec is the pioneer in introducing internationally recognized degree courses to Sri Lanka and is the largest Maritime Education and Training facility approved by the Directorate of Merchant Shipping in Sri Lanka.

The primary objective of the organization is to meet the changing educational requirements of students. I would say Cinec is committed to maintain its professional standards as demanded by regulatory authorities in the higher education sector.

In addition, Cinec is equipped with modern classroom facilities, laboratories, workshops and demonstration rooms.

The college has provided modern residential facilities for students. A fully equipped kitchen and cafeteria provide wholesome food. A swimming pool, a gymnasium together with a basketball court and ample space for jogging and games provide students a good recreational environment.

Q: What do you think about the government intention to promote private universities in Sri Lanka. What more suggestions do you have for the betterment of the education sector?

A: We agree with the government decision to facilitate more private universities in Sri Lanka, but I believe that most private universities in Sri Lanka are only concentrating in theoretical part, not about the other extra curricular needs of the students. Student will need both academic qualifications as well as the experience in extra curricular activities to become more compatible with changing needs of the global job market.

I think land restrictions in the Colombo areas have become a major reason for this issue. I believe that most universities in Sri Lanka is misleading the students as well as parents without providing a proper education. My suggestion is to have a prolific initiative to streamlining the prevailing private universities. If the government has some sort of procedure to grade all universities in Sri Lanka, I think that will immensely help the industry as well as the students .

Q: What are your affiliated foreign universities?

A: University of South Australia, Dalian Maritime University of China, University of Wolverhampton and University of Tasmania.

Q: Does Cinec offer any online programmes?

A: Yes, We do offer online courses specially in IT sector, for students from Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand etc..

Q: What plans do you have for the future?

A: We are on the look out to open another branch down south apart from our existing branches in Trincomalee and Jaffna.As a part of upcoming global expansion plans, Cinec will set up branches in South Africa and Maldives. However, we have already started a offshore campus in Maldives.

We do provide training for Nigerian students in areas of underwater cutting, diving etc. In addition, we are having discussions with the Bangladesh government to provide training facilities for students in the field of Maritime and Engineering.


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