The Pioneer Institute of Business and Technology (PIBT), has managed to stand out amidst the emergence of several higher education institutions, due to an impressive track record maintained since its inception.
Located in Colombo 4, PIBT has, from its beginning, recognised the value of instilling higher educational standards of countries such as the UK in Sri Lanka and partnered with a prestigious institution – the University of Greenwich UK – to provide a similar education and accreditation locally.
“Creating broader avenues for students to obtain academic qualification is our aim. Today, even a student without A/L’s can follow a Foundation Course and progress towards a degree,” explained CEO of PIBT, Kapila Ranasinghe. While the option is available in many higher education institutes, PIBT stands out by using unique methods and offering invaluable additions to their study programmes.
Ranasinghe is a high profile IT professional who has had many years of experience in the IT industry and is the chairman of Quality Assurance Institute (Pvt.) Ltd (QAI).
Ranasinghe added, “The objective of PIBT is to supply well groomed IT graduates to the IT market in Sri Lanka as our country lacks competent IT professionals who are ready to face the complexities in the IT sector. All directors of PIBT are high profile IT professionals. PIBT is very much aligned and apart of the IT industry.”
Classes are limited to a maximum of 25 students in each batch, each of them trained by industry experienced lecturers and many of them are offered industry placements, as lecturers often single out promising students to join prestigious institutions after graduation.
Great emphasis is placed on being globally competent and a vast array of information from the University of Greenwich database is at the fingertips of the student. “University of Greenwich is focused intently on the quality of our work at PIBT, as our work reflects standards of the University, and thus far they have expressed their satisfaction,” stated Ranasinghe.
Ranasinghe added, “PIBT selects the cream of students after having two interviews with them, which sometimes even runs into three interviews. The reason for this process is to enroll students who will continue their education at PIBT and not leave the course prior to completion. We are proud of our students who have obtained their degree at PIBT and have later completed Masters and PHD programmes. PIBT consists of the best resource panel in Sri Lanka. Right from the start PIBT has given preference to young, dynamic and qualified achievers to join the lecturer panel.”
According to Ranasinghe, PIBT also mentors students to balance all aspects of life instead of focusing solely on studies. Apart from the academic curriculum, PIBT prepares students to face the corporate world requirements by training on corporate etiquette, teamwork, and presentation skills.
Students can follow a Higher National Diploma (HND) after O/L’s or A/L’s and proceed to the degree programmes at PIBT.
To follow a BSc. (Hons) Computing Programme, certain qualifications such as HND, NCC, BCS, ADIT are required. These qualifications can be obtained within two years from any institution, after which the BSc. (Hons) Computing degree can be acquired within one year.
Additionally, students with work experience and/or academic qualifications will have an added advantage over others who are also eligible for the degree. It must be noted that the BSc. (Hons) Computing at PIBT, is an internal degree (Equivalent to following a course in UK) offered by the University of Greenwich.
Competitive rates for a Degree make studying at PIBT very appealing; especially in contrast to other institutes and higher cost students would incur if they follow the same degree in UK.
Flexible payment schemes enable students to pay their fees in installments. Scholarships are also given to selected students after an evaluation of their grades at the examinations and other academic qualifications – it is a beneficial scheme that PIBT tries to offer students who wish to follow the HND course.
The most recent batch of students who graduated from the institute had a 100% success record, and PIBT acknowledges that all students in their first batch were employed within a month of graduation.
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