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Closer academic ties with foreign Universities

Aug 19, 2010 11:08:13 AM - itnnews.lk

Government is mulling over forging closer academic links with foreign Universities to improve the standard of education of the future student generation.

Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said this would also save considerable foreign exchange expended by Sri Lankan students seeking higher educational opportunities in other countries. Government is geared to extend the support of every sector to this effort. Many Sri Lanka students are keen in pursuing studies abroad. The aim of the programme is to reduce the expenditure incurred on foreign education. Accordingly the Government is mulling over the launching of a University of international standards in Sri Lanka.

The Minister was speaking during a meeting with a group of representatives of the Edinburgh Napier University of the United Kingdom. The meeting took place at the Ministry of State Management and Reforms Ministry. The delegation is visiting the country to explore the possibility of developing a new Campus for higher education in Sri Lanka and promoting other Academic links with Sri Lanka and the University.

The delegation had a wide ranging discussion with Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake who assured the delegation that he would be happy to extend his cooperation in their efforts to develop a new Campus for tertiary education in Sri Lanka. Deputy Principal of the Edinburgh University Prof. John Duffield was among those present.