Higher education sector to be made education hub of Asia - SB
The government is in the process of developing the higher education
sector into the most cost - effective education hub in Asia, Higher
Education Minister S B Dissanayake said. A number of programmes have
been initiated towards achieving this goal, he said.
Minister S.B. Dissanayake
The Higher Education Ministry has allocated Rs.100 million to six
universities aiming at upgrading academic, infrastructure and research
facilities, he said.
The minister said that Ruhuna, Colombo, Moratuwa, Peradeniya,
Kelaniya and Sri Jayawardenepura Universities would be upgraded under
“The Sri Lankan higher education system is rapidly moving to world
class status obtaining an overall improvement including achieving
significant academic related developments’, Minister S.B. Dissanayake
During the recent past none of our universities was among the first
5,000 universities in the world. Even though, in line with the ongoing
higher education sector development activities seven local universities
have been categorized into the first 5,000 universities of the world
rank, the Minister added.
“The Higher Education Ministry is engaging in improving the quality
and equity in higher education so that all qualified students access an
inclusive higher education system while upgrading certain universities
to the world class states.
A world class university has grained international recognition for
research, which implies a teaching learning process of high calibre and
an equally high calibre academic cadre, attracts the best students
without boundaries and produces high calibre graduates who reach the
highest levels in their chosen fields. A world class university has a
history of superior achievement making continuous substantial
contribution to society. Such university has a management team that is
competent and strategic while having the capacity to mobilize financial
resources and has cost sharing for expanding quality and service
delivery” the minister said.
“In accordance with the world rank Colombo University is among the
world’s 1,000 universities and obtained the fourth position in the South
Asia region.. Moratuwa University is at the eleventh place in the South
Asia region”, Minister Dissanayake noted.
The minister further added that, certain programmes such as CIMA, CIM,
AAT and a few more professional courses will be conducted at
universities in the future. These programmes will definitely be a value
addition for university pass outs.
It has been noticed that employment rate of university pass outs is
around 60 percent. But the rate will reduce drastically if university
pass outs have undergone professional courses and will be a definite
advantage when entering to job market.