Single largest employer of fresh graduates and interns here
SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. – Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ GS: VRTU), a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and IT services and solutions that help clients change and disrupt markets through innovation engineering, extended their Digital Discoverer Program (DDP) to more Sri Lankan universities following its successful conclusion at the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), University of Colombo and University of Jaffna.
“As the single largest employer of fresh graduates and interns in Sri Lanka, we identified a growing skill gap in workforce newcomers due to rapidly evolving industry requirements,” said Sampath Thrimavithana, Head of Training & Development and Campus Reach at Virtusa – Sri Lanka & Asia Pacific. “That initial leap from graduate to your first job is crucial for professional success, and the Digital Discoverer Program maps current industry anticipation to relevant technical and soft skills, successfully addressing this long-ignored university-to-workplace skill gap.”
With additional benefits such as mentorship from Virtusa experts and increased potential for employability, the program consists of 12 sessions categorized under four verticals; fundamental programming frameworks, user interfaces and analytical knowledge are brought up-to-date under Core Skills, while intelligent technologies and platforms such as Salesforce and AWS are covered under Emerging Skills. Project Management Skills explore new methodologies and tools, while non-technical people interactions are discussed under Soft Skills. A number of mixed assessments will mark the successful completion of the program.
DDP was first piloted as a virtual program in August 2020 at SLIIT, closely followed by rollouts at the National School of Business Management (NSBM) and the University of Jaffna in November 2020. The University of Colombo followed soon after, introducing the program to students in December 2020. General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was next in Jan 2021, joining the growing list of higher educational institutions promoting the development of competences for employability. DDP was most recently launched in March 2021 at the University of Ruhuna and Trincomalee Campus of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka, with an April 2021 launch scheduled at the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna. The program has thus far reached over 1,000 university students across the island, elevating the IT talent pool capabilities of Sri Lanka.
SLT-MOBITEL Partners STEMUP for ‘Hack:bit 2020’
SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT and Mobile Services Provider partnered with STEMUP Educational Foundation to conduct Hack:bit 2020, a virtual inter-school and inter-university nationwide hackathon with the aim of inspiring creativity amongst Sri Lankan youth. The grand finals of the Hack:bit 2020 took place recently with prizes worth Rs. 1.5 million presented to winners who represented School and University categories.
Hack:bit 2020 which was conducted virtually, provided students with a platform to present their innovative ideas through a disruptive product. It also allowed participants to explore their potential, and to develop their ideas into a successful real-world product. SLT-MOBITEL also conducted a webinar on STEMUP education for kids, during the event.
Commenting on the partnership, Chief Marketing Officer, SLT, Mr. Prabhath Dahanayake stated, “It has been a privilege to have joined hands with the STEMUP Foundation to see this event through. As a national service provider that prides itself in the mission of uplifting the nation and creating a tech-driven economy, it has been rewarding to witness young talent on a platform such as Hack:bit 2020 where they are allowed to get creative, to showcase their levels of passion and skill and become even more inspired with the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”
Hack:bit 2020 participants had the privilege of working closely with industry experts who provided valuable know-how and insights to elevate their ideas and to help them further improve. Entries were evaluated by an expert panel of judges on key factors such as uniqueness of the idea, innovativeness, implementation, business value and sustainability. The panel of judges consisted of local technology and academic professionals with years of domain expertise between them.
Prime Lands Residencies IPO introduces “SUBMIT ONLINE from HOME”
Prime Lands Residencies Limited, the condominium property arm of Prime Group, the ‘Maestro of Real Estate Artistry’ in Sri Lanka, recently debuted its Initial Public Offering (IPO) and will now be allowing potential investors the ability to submit applications for the IPO from the safety and comfort of their homes, through their website www.ipo.primeresidencies.lk.
Investors stand to gain a plethora of benefits, including capital appreciation in price, and further share price increases related to the forecasted highly positive Company performance levels, in the near future. Further, this offers investors the chance to invest into real estate, a market considered to be a secure investment under most circumstances, one that is still highly lucrative during these testing times and stands to be stronger after the pandemic passes. By investing in the IPO, investors stand to doubly benefit from the growth of both the real estate market, and the share market, which has also seen highly positive growth forecasts over the turn of the year – having secured returns after investing in a reputed, reliable Company such as Prime. The IPO is being offered at a 40% discount allowing investors to reap a significant capital gain. The Company has also indicated that investors would be eligible to avail a significant dividend payout of 40% from the profits of the financial year, ending 31st March 2021, within a few months of the launch.
Singer and MSI to support passionate gamers and creators reach new heights
The gaming industry in Sri Lanka has witnessed exponential growth with casual gaming enthusiasts, professionals, game developers and graphic designers, all seeking cutting edge technology to fuel their passion and make the most of the growing opportunities.
As the pandemic resulted in most people working and learning from home, gaming has gained a stronger foothold and boosted the online entertainment industry.
Inspired by these customers’ needs and helping them succeed, Singer the nation’s premier consumer durables retailer has partnered with Taiwan-based gaming giant MSI (Miscro-Star International) to usher in a new era for Sri Lanka’s gaming and content creating communities.
MSI has been a consistent pioneer of the global gaming and creative communities and as a brand regarded by many as among one of the most trusted names in gaming and esports. MSI gaming laptops has been repeatedly honoured with a plethora of awards including the prestigious IF Design Award and Red dot winner of 2020, Taiwan Excellence Awards, and most recent recipient of 15 CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honorees for winning products at the Consumer Electronic Show 2021.
Together with MSI, Singer is now ideally placed to support Sri Lankan gamers and creators to make the gaming experience more competitive, personalised and accessible.
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