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APIIT introduces pathway for Lankan students’ entry to second year degree course in UK

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By Steve Morrell

The Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) recently introduced a pathway programme that ensures Lankan students entry to the second year degree course in a partner university of the NCUK (Northern Consortium of United Kingdom) – a degree awarding body which delivers a range of qualifications that prepare international students for higher education.

Addressing a press conference held at the BMICH in Colombo to introduce the new programme, APIITSri Lanka Chairman Bandula Egodage said that there was an urgent need to broaden the horizons of the education landscape in Sri Lanka. “This is the first time in Sri Lankan higher education sector the pathway programme has been made available to the Lankan students. Globally known as NCUK International Year One (IYOne), the progamme prepares and qualifies international students for entry to the second year of undergraduate degree programmes offered by an NCUK partner University of their choice,” Egodage said.This initiative also reaffirms NCUK’s strong partnership with APIIT Sri Lanka, he said.

NCUK IYOne is designed for students who are planning to continue their studies overseas after the completion of the first year of their undergraduate studies in Sri Lanka. Upon the completion of the NCUK IYOne pathway programme, students will be eligible for the second year of, not only one, but numerous undergraduate degree programmes offered by UK universities.

Director APIIT Sri Lanka Roshan Egodage said that currently, APIIT offers NCUK IYOne in both Law and Business. On completion of the NCUK International Year One in Law, students are able to transfer to multiple universities in the UK including, Aston University, University of Bradford, University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University, and University of Sheffield. For students who complete the NCUK International Year One in Business, a number of leading universities in the UK, Canada and Australia are available for progression.

Established in 1999, APIIT Sri Lanka is well known for its contribution to the higher education industry in Sri Lanka. APIIT conducts undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Business, Computing, and Law, awarded by Staffordshire University, UK. With a current student population of over 2,000 undergraduates and a current annual intake of around 1000 students, APIIT Sri Lanka is the largest provider of British degree programmes in Sri Lanka, and has set a benchmark for quality and standards in private higher education in Sri Lanka.



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Six member committee appointed to inquire into Sri Lanka Cricket Team’s conduct in Australia

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Roshan Ranasinghe has appointed a six member committee headed by Retired Supreme Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena to inquire into the incidents reported against some members of the Sri Lanka Cricket team that participated at the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

 

 

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SJB MP: Most parents have to choose between food and children’s education

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By Saman Indrajith

Most Sri Lankan parents are compelled to choose between food for their families and their children’s eduction, SJB Matale District MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathne told Parliament yesterday.

Only a few parents were able to feed and educate their children the MP said, participating in the debate on Budget 2023 under the expenditure heads of Ministries of Education and Women and Child Affairs.

“An 80-page exercise book costs Rs. 200. A CR book costs Rs 560. A pencil or pen costs Rs 40. A box of colour pencils costs Rs 570 while a bottle of glue costs Rs 150. If the father is a daily wage earner he has to spend one fourth of his salary on a box of colour pencils for his child. A satchel now costs around Rs 4,000. A pair of school shoes is above Rs 3,500. The Minister of Education knows well how many days a child could use an 80-page exercise book for taking notes. Roughly, stationery cost is around Rs 25,000 to 30,000 per child, MP Wijerathne said, adding that only Rs. 232 billion had been allotted for the Ministry of Education by Budget 2023.

“After paying salaries of teachers and covering officials’ expenses, etc., there will be very little left for other important matters,” the MP said, noting that Sri Lanka would soon be known as the country that made the lowest allocation of funds for education in the South Asian region.

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All crises boil down to flaws in education system, says Dullas

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By Saman Indrajith

All the crises Sri Lanka was beset with were due to the country’s outdated education system, MP Dullas Alahapperuma told Parliament yesterday.

“The political and economic crisis we are facing is the direct result of our education,” he said.

The Sri Lankan education system had not changed with global developments. Our system is not even geared for employment. Our examination system is antiquated and our classrooms are in the 19th Century.

However, the students belong to the 21st century. How can you cater to 21st Century children under an outdated system?” he queried.

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