Higher Education needs radical changes - SB
The Higher Education sector should be subjected to radical changes to
meet global trends and goals of the present day higher education sector,
Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake said. "Our Higher Education
sector is changing slowly when compared to other countries with regard
to global trends. Not only education mechanism, but also the attitude of
academic and non- academic staff and the mentality of undergraduates
have to be changed in line with global trends," the minister said.
Dissanayake was addressing a two day workshop on 'Re-creating and
re-positioning of Sri Lankan universities to meet emerging opportunities
and challenges in the Globalised Environment'.
It was jointly organised by the Higher Education Ministry and the
University Grants Commission.
The minister said foreign students have to be attracted to our
university system if Sri Lanka is to convert as a knowledge hub of Asia.
"The standards of our universities have to be upgraded gradually to
become the knowledge hub of Asia. Then our universities will reach world
If the universities can be upgraded to reach world standards, more
foreign students will enrol in our universities and foreigners will
lecture at our universities," he said.
The minister said to reach these goals, our university system has to
be converted in keeping with world trends. "Having identified world
trends, our universities can be restructured and carry out changes.
Almost all undergraduates are to be empowered with knowledge, abilities,
capabilities and attitudes aiming to make them 100 percent employable
when passing out from the universities." the minister said.