SLTC Research University Sri Lanka partners with Indian Institute of Technology.
The Morning: The Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) Research University, Sri Lanka, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (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 programmes. The MoU was signed in July 2022 in Madras, and marked the potential launch of several initiatives under this new partnership.
The partnership is expected to strengthen each institution’s contribution toward 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 toward the enrichment of 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 stated that they envision intellectual enrichment and broader educational value additions that impact socio-economic development, which this partnership with IITM complements.
The MoU will enable and open wide opportunities for 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, 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 SLTC Graduate Studies Research and Impact Director Prof. Dushantha Jayakody, SLTC International Affairs Director Dr. Nanda Gunawardane, IITM Dean – Global Engagement Prof Raghunathan Rengaswami, and IITM International Programmes Faculty Advisor Prof. Preeti Aghalayam.
Sri Lanka’s ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors are two of the fastest growing sectors in the country. While there’s an increase in business/investment opportunities in the two sectors, there is also an emerging business in the field of ICT and digital education. It is in such a backdrop that foreign education institutions engaged in ICT studies have started to form joint ventures or partnerships with local higher education facilities with the aim of skills development in Sri Lanka. With Sri Lanka focused on becoming an emerging business destination in the South Asian region supported by the country’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the strong trade ties enjoyed by the country, there is a dire need for the expansion of digital platforms in the country. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore confidently explore the growing opportunities in Sri Lanka’s ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors.
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