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SLIIT graduates receive postgraduate scholarships from prestigious German universities



Confirming SLIIT’s ranking as the nation’s premier higher education institute and its students’ quality, several graduates received scholarships to pursue their postgraduate studies in prestigious universities in Germany.

SLIIT recently celebrated the first batch of SLIIT alumni students who will transfer to Germany for postgraduate studies.

Praveen, Hasal and Varuni have enrolled at the University of Bremen for postgraduate programmes in MSc Control, Microsystems and Microelectronics. The University of Bremen is among one of Germany`s top eleven universities of excellence. It is renowned for its strengths in the sciences and engineering, disciplines as well as the humanities and the social sciences.

Binura Perera is a recipient of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Scholarship awarded by the German government for potential leaders from developing countries. Remarkably this scholarship for the renewable energy domain has been awarded to a Sri Lankan after a lapse of 15 years. He is pursuing the Masters in Renewable Energy (PPRE) at the University of Oldenburg, which is considered the oldest postgraduate course in Renewable Energy in Europe and home to several leading brands, products and prestigious alumni in the renewable energy field. The opportunity to study the course is given only to 22 promising candidates who have proven their calibre during a rigorous selection involving 1000+ applicants from around the world.

After graduating from SLIIT in 2017 with the award for the best performer and a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering, Binura has made great strides in creating sustainable energy benchmarks for the apparel industry. As the group lead energy engineer for Brandix Apparel Limited in 2018/9, he and his team successfully obtained the World Green Building Council recognition for the world’s first carbon-neutral apparel manufacturing facility. The team achieved the world’s second-highest score for a green manufacturing plant (LEED) awarded by the US Green Building Council for the Brandix Batticaloa factory, with several first in Sri Lanka and first in the region projects.

Commenting on these scholarships, Prof. Nimal Rajapakse, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of SLIIT said, “We are extremely proud that our students received these scholarships from prestigious institutions in Germany.”


This is not only recognition of their academic abilities but also showcases SLIIT’s track-record in producing world-class graduates who can compete with the best in the world. We are confident that these graduates will make the best out of this wonderful opportunity and serve our nation after they complete postgraduate studies.”

Before studying in Germany, Varuni graduated from SLIIT with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, achieving First class honours. During which she was also awarded the Dean’s List recognition for three consecutive years. Since mid-2020, she has been studying for her MSc. in Control, Microsystems and Microelectronics at the University of Bremen, Germany. She was employed as an Assistant Lecturer at SLIIT’s Engineering Department before leaving for Germany. Varuni’s research interests include Computer Vision and Image processing, Machine learning, etc.

Praveen was an Academic Instructor at SLIIT’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He graduated from SLIIT with a BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering and was awarded the Dean’s List recognition. His research interests include Machine learning, Embedded Systems, Computer Vision and Image processing, etc.

Hasal was employed as an assistant lecturer at SLIIT’s Engineering Department after graduating with a BSc. Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He obtained first – class honours. A member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET), Hasal interned as a trainee at the Ceylon Electricity Board and the Airport & Aviation Authority. SLIIT offered him several semester scholarships based on his continuous superior academic performance. He was also recognised on the Deans’ Lists from 2016-2018.

Explaining their pathway in attending the German University, Praveen said, “All of us worked at SLIIT for one year after graduation. We worked on a project together that focused on a human gait cycle detection/prediction algorithm using low computation with Dr. Nimsiri Abhayasinghe, Head, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Varuni and I have worked on a project focused on a machine learning based lecture capturing system. Hasal’s project was based on virtual power plants for power system flexibility. We are excited to study in a country that is world-renowned for its technology inventions and industrial capacity. We reached this milestone because of the quality of education offered by SLIIT look forward to this new exciting higher education phase in our lives.”

Image One – Binura Perera, a recipient of the DAAD Scholarship awarded by the German Government




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Women led LPO services firm Velox Partners enters new office space in Colombo



Velox Partners is a 90% women led Legal Process Outsourcing firm now in Sri Lanka

Velox Partners, a tech-based legal process outsourcing (LPO) firm, expanded its presence into Colombo to augment its existing law firm. Velox commenced operations in January 2020 prior to the onset of the pandemic. Today, it has expanded its services across numerous verticals Commercial law, Litigation, Conveyancing and Company Secretarial Services, with Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Services being the core. It is geared as a fully-fledged legal service provider servicing clients across United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Velox is female-led with over 90% being women comprising versatile and experienced lawyers. Their expertise bridges multiple disciplines of law with a local and global clientele. The two powerhouses leading the firm are its founding partners Lihini Fernando and Dakshika Perera whose collective experience spans over three decades.

Velox Partners saw Covid-19 restrictions and remote working as an opportunity to position the firm as a tech-based entity and launched its LPO arm. Providing back office legal services to law firms across continents was seen as a viable business model that is both functional and lucrative. Furthermore, the partners of Velox realized the potential of positioning Sri Lanka as a LPO Hub, where the LPO sector enables foreign remittance to the island nation to rebuild its economy. This also provided an opportunity particularly as LPO services can be offered remotely, without a physical office presence.

Velox has serviced clients in over 14 jurisdictions worldwide providing solutions on the ethos, ‘Beyond Legal’. Velox believes in combining business efficiency and tech enabled processes to differentiate itself from the conventional law firms.

Lawyers at Velox are solution providers guided by industry expertise. The team comprises professionals based in Australia, the United States of America, Singapore, and Sri Lanka which enables them to draw cross country perspectives in providing services. Velox is now poised to use their multiple years of experience across continents to provide smart legal solutions.

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Estonian TV crew gets a taste of Sri Lanka for the first time



Meeting with SLTPB officials

Sri Lanka Tourism, under its Scandinavian market promotions hosted a Media FAM with 4 Media personnel from Kanal2 TV from Estonia. The tour started off on February 28 and ended on March 8. The purpose of hosting this tour was to receive more high-end tourist arrivals from Estonia, as well as the other Scandinavian markets including Lithuania and Latvia.

Subsequently, this tour was hosted in collaboration with the Sri Lanka embassy in Sweden which contributed to make this tour a success. The FAM Tour covered all the main tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, including wild life, Ayurveda, Boutique hotels, and also cultural attractions.

All these attractions were filmed and the destination will be promoted on air via Kanal2 TV, through the TV show ‘’ Kaugele Siit’’ (far from here). The first episode of this programme is scheduled to be telecast for 45 minutes. This travel programme has 420,000 followers as their audience. Kanal2 TV was also the official Media partner for the Winter Olympics 2018, a Sri Lanka Tourism press release said.

The release adds: ‘The visitors were quite impressed with the 8-day tour which they had, enjoying every moment of their tour. They were equally mesmerized with the warm hospitality which they received from the Sri Lankans, which they are mostly renowned for. They enjoyed the traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and the variety of dishes which they tasted. Nevertheless, they had the opportunity of exploring every attraction of the paradise island to convey the message to their fellow Estonians, that Sri Lanka is a unique travel destination which has everything in store for the enthusiastic traveler.

‘They also had a cooking demonstration by courtesy of Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resorts & Spas Wadduwa, and also a Yoga treat at the same venue. Visiting the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda , the Elephant orphanage at Pinnawala, going through a safari at Eco park was also another amazing experience which they had during their stay.’


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The Academy of International Business signs Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Pacific



More than 50 students graduated this year from AIB

Academy of International Business Sri Lanka (AIB) held its second graduation at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall with over fifty graduates successfully passing out. At the recent graduation, the business academy signed its MOU with the University of the Pacific.

The signing of the MOU is a major milestone for the business academy. The courses offered are DBA, MBA, and BBA top-up programs through AIB. Prof Liam, Rector – of the University of Pacific, expressed confidence that the program delivered by AIB will be very beneficial.

The event was graced by passed graduates, teachers, and lecturers, the ceremony was hosted by the chief guest and the regional director of ABE(UK) Dr Praveen Mahendran. “The ABE(UK) is one of the long-standing professional awarding bodies from the UK and AIB is proud to be associated with ABE and approved by the awarding body.

Hard work, competency and capability are the values that produce results, through the AIB and its programs these are achievable. Every student is encouraged to show their full potential”.

The distinguished guests were the Vice President of the BNI Pioneer Chapter, Dilan Fonseka. He emphasized, the importance of students gaining experience in entrepreneurial skills and business development by enrolling at BNI. AIB is a member of BNI, which creates multiple opportunities.

About the Academy of International Business: AIB is recognized for its management programs, digital marketing, marketing, and English language programs such as IELTS, and PTE. It’s widely popular among students in search of pursuing business and management courses.The Director of AIB Sri Lanka, Chrishankar Janathanan, expressed the institute’s commitment to providing the best quality education. It’s not only a center that is simply cornered to the education sector but also has focused its efforts on recruitment services and digital agency services.

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