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‘Zero Cost’ degree programme with Singapore’s Lithan Academy and HNB



From left: Piyakara D. Jayaratne – Senior Manager, Business Development at HNB, Joel Chow – Managing Director, Lithan EduClaaS Global and Wijitha Wijesekera – CEO, JISC Campus

Students able to achieve 100% debt-free degree

JISC Campus, the Authorised Training Partner for Lithan Academy Singapore and part of EduCLaaS (Competency Learning as a Service) Alliance formally launched the “Earn & Learn” degree programme in partnership with Hatton National Bank this week.

Lithan EduCLaaS Global Managing Director Joel Chow, officials from the JISC Campus, HNB and experts from Sri Lanka’s ICT, Education and Banking sectors attended the launch event.

CEO of JISC Campus Wijitha Wijesekera stated that history was being made in Sri Lanka with the unique ‘Zero Cost’ degree programmes which are offered through its ‘Earn and Learn’ Programme. “We offer two globally accredited degree pathways – British B.Sc Hons degrees from the highly prestigious University of Roehampton UK to fulfil a growing need for specialised IT personnel to drive the global economy. Our degrees come with the unique features of guaranteed employment enabling aspiring students to pioneer world class education without borders – and this is yet another first for Sri Lanka.”

The degrees are funded by HNB which will give guaranteed student loans from the first degree year, enabling students to borrow, earn and pay the loan, while retaining a saving even before graduation. “This makes it a 100 percent debt-free degree.”

Chow who explained that Lithan Academy Singapore was offering two in-demand degrees – Software Engineering BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Digital Business & Marketing BSc (Hons) in Business Management and Marketing, stated that, “With the advent of the global pandemic, the whole world saw a rapid virtual adaption, which also disrupted the conventional operations of educational institutions. But we realised what was happening, and we stepped in. Today, you can learn anything from the world’s best, from anywhere. Finally, education has gone beyond physical attendance and limitations.”

Sri Lankan youth now have the opportunity to engage in distant learning in a virtual campus that offers world-class knowledge and international industry experience. Joining the programme will enter students with foreign batch mates and international academic staff, while also being given attractive internship opportunities in leading international tech firms- with a guaranteed Dollar income by working from home.

Some unique features offered through this programme include a mandatory full-time apprenticeship programme for three years (Year 2 to 4) and paid apprenticeship placements in international tech companies through JISC and Lithan Academy Singapore. In addition to tailor-made student funding through HNB, students may potentially earn up to US$16,200, with a guaranteed minimum earning of US$5,400.

Upon graduation, students may earn a 200-300 percent higher salary compared to academic graduates from conventional universities, thanks to being global-ready with three years of international exposure, and the international network of students and co-workers for a successful future in international business ventures and employment.

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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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