Ten university colleges by year end | Daily News

Ten university colleges by year end

The government is planning to set up ten university colleges by the end of this year.

It will establish 25 university colleges islandwide to provide higher education for students following the technology stream.

Under the first phase of the project, construction work on the first university college was commenced recently at the Kuliyapitiya Technical College premises with the participation of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ranjith Siyabalapitiya and Former North Western Province Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe.

The government will invest Rs. 200 million on this project.

The students will be able to follow more than 15 technology degree courses with the establishment of this new university college. Out of the 25 university colleges, five university colleges will be established under public, private partnership.

The Education, Higher Educationand Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministries will jointly provide infrastructure facilities to provide better technology education for those who had completed their school education.

For many decades there had been a disparity between the job market and the prevailing education system. Under the guidance of President Mahinda Rajapaksa the present government has already taken measures to establish university colleges as a solution to redress the balance between the damand in the in the job market and the education system.

Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that since the North Western Province obtained the highest percentage of pass marks at the Advanced Level and Ordinary Level examinations and as the highest number of war heroes come from the North Western Province the President directed them to establish the first university college in the North Western Province.


 

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