Aug 27, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is laying the foundation to build a biomedical sector by offering courses in the subject based on British standards to train much needed human resources, educators said. “The development of the human capital base of the country is an important factor for that country to attain a sustainable economic growth,” W A Wijewardene, president of the Business Management School (BMS) in Colombo, said.
“We have not been able to attract giant medical firms to invest in Sri Lanka unlike India because of the shortage of biomedical scientists.
“It has actually resulted in a concentration of our exports in one or two areas like agriculture and garments, and we have not been able to diversity our exports.”
Wijewardene said with the ending of a 30-year war the government wanted to diversity exports and go towards sustainable growth, and BMS was supporting the policy by offering a diploma on biomedical science.
BMS is an institution with strong links to the UK education system offering a series British undergraduate and masters’ programs.
BMS is now offering a British, BTEC branded higher national diploma in biomedical science which is certified by Edexel, a key