SLTC Research University, Sri Lanka partners with Indian Institute of Technology, India
Daily FT: SLTC Research University (SLTC), Sri Lanka, signs an MOU with the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IITM), India, for an inclusive partnership for academic, research and resource exchange.
SLTC partnered with IITM to further their contribution towards education and research along with widening provision for staff and student exchange programs. The memorandum of understanding was signed on 12 July in Madras, and marked the potential launch of several initiatives under this new partnership.
The partnership is expected to strengthen each institution’s contribution towards higher education and research on a global scale. The agreement unfolds several opportunities for student and staff exchange programmes, providing provision for cultural and intellectual opportunities for the participants of both countries, and enabling youth partnership programmes. Keen in contributing towards the enrichment in research and academic fields, the partnership paves way for the two institutes to collaborate on research and academic programmes on many fronts.
SLTC Research University Chairman Ajita De Zoysa along with its Board of Directors envisions intellectual enrichment and broader educational value additions that impact socio-economic development and this partnership with IITM no doubt complements that vision.
The MoU will enable and open wide opportunities to the youth of Sri Lanka through a wide spectrum of collaborative axes that will present multiple opportunities in education, research and intellectual exchange programmes. The academic programmes that may be on offer are structured in a manner that will expose students to a seamless flow of knowledge, industry know-how, practical experiences and skills development, in all aspects within multiple academic streams including Information Technology and Software Engineering, amongst a host of other domains.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, SLTC Founder President/CEO Eng. Ranjith G. Rubasinghe noted, “The broad scope of the MoU presents endless opportunities for the two institutions that will provide futuristic and global opportunities for the youth of Sri Lanka and India, whilst creating a platform that could be used to further strengthen and extend the close bilateral relations between the two countries.”
Representing IITM, its Director V. Kamakoti was delighted to note, “This partnership between the two institutions would present immense cultural and intellectual enrichment opportunities, not only to staff and students of our institutions, but to a broader community as well.”
The engagements under the partnership will be spearheaded on behalf of the two institutions by Director/Graduate Studies, Research and Impact Prof. Dushantha Jayakody and Director/International Affairs Dr. Nanda Gunawardane at SLTC, and Dean, Global Engagement Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswami and Faculty Advisor, International Programmes Prof. Preeti Aghalayam at IITM.
Sri Lanka’s higher education sector is a fast growing business/investment opportunity in the country. The expanding economic activities and the aim to position the country as an emerging business destination in the South Asian region have all resulted in the expansion of Sri Lanka’s higher education sector. With the focus on developing a skilled workforce has also increased the business potential in the sector. Foreign higher education institutions could therefore explore the growing business opportunities in Sri Lanka’s higher education sector while also looking at the possibility of forming partnerships or joint ventures with local highe education institutes to further expand the degree programmes offered.
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