SLIIT students graduate from Sheffield Hallam University
(Front: Centre from Left to Right) Head - Systems Engineering
and Technology, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and
Science, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) - UK, Prof. Terrence
Perera, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sri
Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), Prof. Lalith
Gamage, Head of International Development, Faculty of Arts,
Computing, Engineering and Science, Sheffield Hallam University
- UK Dr. Bob Harris with the SLIIT 2007 Batch graduated from SHU.
A record number of students of Sri Lanka Institute of Information
Technology (SLIIT), graduated from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) -
The thirty three students who transferred to Sheffield Hallam in
their final year, as part of the degree programme, recorded outstanding
performances, achieving honours degrees in the upper firsts and seconds
in Information Technology (IT), Software Engineering and Computer
Systems and Technology.
"We are delighted with the exceptional performance of our students
and indeed it is a pride to our institute.
This is strong evidence for the precedent we have created for
assuring higher education par excellence. I take this opportunity to
congratulate our young performers and thank them for keeping up the
SLIIT flag flying high" Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of
SLIIT Prof. Lalith Gamage said.
SLIIT is the only Sri Lankan higher education institute affiliated to
Sheffield Hallam University, accepted as one of the prestigious
universities in the world for its high standards in offering Bachelors,
Masters and PhD qualifications.
According to the agreement between SLIIT and SHU on students of SLIIT
specializing in IT, Software Engineering and Computer Systems and
Technology will be granted the opportunity to study for two and a half
years at SLIIT and proceed to SHU to obtain their final qualification in
the respective disciplines.
"The support and guidance given to us by SLIIT to earn a foreign
degree is phenomenal.
The five semesters I studied at SLIIT gave me the knowledge and
courage to take a further step and join SHU to earn my degree as we
studied under top professional lecturers of SLIIT.
Apart from classroom support, we had the opportunity to discuss
academic and personal queries through online forums integrated into the
Even after we moved to SHU we had the opportunity to keep in touch
with our SLIIT lecturers which gave us the absolute confidence and
strength to achieve high standards" said Niroshana Yapa, who earned an
upper first honours in Computer Systems and Networking from SHU.
In transferring students to foreign universities, SLIIT offers the
full service of screening applications, assuring visa and coordinating
A one year special working visa is also offered to SLIIT students
followed by graduation and students are assured the opportunity to read
for their Masters degrees with an entitlement for a 30 percent discount
on tuition fees.
SLIIT is the only Sri Lankan higher education institute who offers
this package to students who wish to obtain a qualification from a
foreign university. The course fee of SLIIT is also known as the lowest
among the other higher education institutes in obtaining a foreign
The course fee for the five semesters at SLIIT and one semester at
SHU costs approximately 1 million, considered as highly affordable, as a
student is generally required to invest three times more compared with
the industry rates.
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) is the largest
IT degree awarding institute in Sri Lanka with the highest number of PhD
qualified lecturers in the field of Information Technology, recognized
by the University Grants Commission under the Universities Act.
The SLIIT was established in 1999 to educate and train IT
professionals required by the fast growing IT industry in Sri Lanka.
SLIIT offers programmes of studies leading to B.Sc. Special Honours
degrees, B.Sc degrees, M.Sc degrees and postgraduate diplomas in
Information Technology, Computer Systems and Networking, Information
Systems and related fields.
Apart from these, a number of industry certified programs are
conducted in partnership with Microsoft, IBM and CISCO Systems. Business
Management has been the latest addition to the educational pathway
available at SLIIT.
Two ICTA Nenasalas win global entrepreneurship awards
Two Nenasala telecenters, overseen by the Information and
Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the apex body for
ICT policy in Sri Lanka, have won Young Social Entrepreneur awards from
the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP).
Selected from among 864 applicants around the world, the Thalpotha
Nenasala, Polonnaruwa, and the Lunama Nenasala, Hambantota, have been
recognised for their contribution to improving the ICT literacy of Sri
Lanka's rural populace.
Mahesh Dissanayake who runs the Nenasala in Thalpotha works to
popularise the use of Sinhala in IT at grassroots levels. He has been
exposed to the use of IT for development internationally, in Japan and
India and has used those lessons to develop a plan to get rural
communities to develop and upload digital articles and media that is of
value to others like themselves in their daily lives.
"The support and assistance we received from ICTA from the time when
we were a small community organisation is really the foundation of our
current success," he said.
W.M.C.R.K. Dissanayake who runs the NenaSala in Lunama, is a social
entrepreneur of significant ability. His ability to mobilise the
community around his centre for social and IT projects is well known.
He also maintains a bilingual website, www.hambantota.info, which
contains maps and other information about the Hambantota district.
ICTA has given 398 other communities such Nenasala telecenters where
ICTA gives equipment and connectivity to the community and the community
has to meet the cost of rent, electricity and salaries.
This cost sharing model has created significant innovation at the
ground level. ICTA salutes the award winners who serve to highlight the
great success they and their Nenasalas have had in taking the benefits
of technology to every citizen.
MTI delegation to visit Sri Lanka
India has seen a seachange, smashing barriers and actively seeking
foreign investment; many companies still see it as a difficult market.
According to Country Manager, MTI Consulting India, Subash Bidare who
will be in Colombo to help Sri Lankan Companies go across the border,
understanding the potential of the Indian market, envisaging and
developing a Market Entry Strategy and implementing these strategies are
the three key steps in making a successful entry into India.
India's 854bn USD economy, the fifth largest in the world, is
currently growing at 8% a year - a level which Goldman Sachs predicts
will be sustained until 2020.
At this rate it will likely overtake the UK, Italian and French
economies by 2017, and by 2042 will overtake the US to become the
world's second largest economy behind China.
And it is not just India's GDP which is booming, the Indian stock
market has risen by nearly 40% over the past year, while Indian
companies are seeing annual profit growth rates of more than 30% and
offering high prospects for growth in practically all areas of business.
Country Manager, MTI Consulting in India, Subash Bidare, said,
"entering India's marketplace requires a well-designed plan backed by
serious thought and careful research. For those who take the time and
look to India as an opportunity for long-term growth and not short-term
profit, the trip will be well worth the effort."
India presents a vast potential for overseas investment and is
actively encouraging the entrance of foreign players into the market.