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Sri Lanka residents to be full time Australia uni students
17 Aug, 2011 06:11:14
Aug 17, 2011 (LBO) - Residents in Sri Lanka could enroll as fulltime students of University of Ballarat in Australia through a study centre in Colombo under an education service deliver structure implemented for the first time in the island, officials said.
The Sri Lanka centre is run by the Australian Technical and Management College (ATMC), which operates campuses for University of Ballarat in several locations in Australia.

The process where students complete the degree in Sri Lanka is being offered in the island for the first time.

"A student who comes to the centre is a direct student of the University of Ballarat, this is happening for the first time in Sri Lanka," ATMC chief executive Manish Malhotra said.

"They are not ATMC students, ATMC is just a service provider for the University in this country.

"What it means is that a student who enrolls here gets a university ID card, offer letters degrees from the university. So they can transfer to any Ballarat location in the world if they want."

But students at the study centre can complete their course without moving out. The centre will have Sri Lankan lecturers visiting lecturers, supplemented by Australian lecturers.

Rowena Coutts, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Ballarat says any staff recruited by ATMC will be personally interviewed by Ballarat staff.

Higher education minister S B Dissanayake said only 17 percent of those qualified for university entrance from the high school system found places in state universities creating a huge demand for tertiary education.

Each year about 50 million dollars are spent by parents to educate their children abroad, he said. The government is to allow non-state universities, especially branches of foreign universities to set up office in Sri Lanka under a new law.

Australia's ambassador to Colombo Kathy Klugman said Australia is a popular higher education destination for Sri Lankans and the study centre will lower the cost of an Australian degree for parents.

Rohini Goonetilleke academic advisor to the study centre says an undergraduate degree will cost between 800,000 to 900,000 rupees a third of a resident program in Australia saving on living costs in that country.

A Master's program could be completed between 600,000 to 700,000 rupees. Programs in business, information technology is offered through the centre.

Coutts says the university has developed a detailed system to ensure that teaching and assessment standards at all centres are the same.

For example work by Sri Lankan students will be randomly picked and sent to Australia to be 'blind marked' along with those of Australian students.

There will also be period audits of the Sri Lanka centre.

"There will also be an annual audit which I personally do with every partner," Coutts said.

"We go through a rigorous review to make sure that every requirement of the university and the government of the country is followed."

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6. Niro Aug 18
These agents deliver sub-stranded education. They simply take advantage of the situation: i.e eagerness of parents to give their children a degree qualification.

Due to low entry criteria for the degree programs, people who receive this education have little ability to even grasp sub-stranded curriculum being taught. They will only realize this when they hit the job market.

Employers are looking for people who have a good understanding of what they have studied/learnt. They are not looking for mere 'degree holders'.

5. Seberet Aug 17
ATMC is just a service provider for the University of Ballarat. That's why you have not heard of it.

Having said that, i do wish the authorities would bring top tier universities. I.e, Malaysia getting down Monash

4. dr lsb Aug 17
I am a doctor working permanantly in australia. I would advice you that this institue or the university is not a well reputed one in australia.Be careful before spending your hard earned money.
3. TrainDriver Aug 17
I had been in Australia since 1989. Until today I had not heard of Australian Technical and Management College (ATMC). I wonder who they are.
2. fb Aug 17
Countries should not be governed with the intent of saving foreign exchange. Foreign exchange shortages came after 1951 because a central bank created which printed money and tried to keep a peg at the same time. That problem can be solved either by not printing money or floating the exchange rate and not intervening in forex markets, like other countries have done.

Countries are about people. If a citizen has to spend less to get a good education that helps the citizen. It is something to be celebrated. If a citizen gets a useful education and can get a higher paying job (which also means his output will be higher) he will benefit and other people will also benefit.

It is not about foreign exchange, it is about eduction opportunities for citizens

1. Tharu Aug 17
This kind of non-stste universities Sri Lankans do not expect and want. Who get 20% free education? Sri lanka neeed non-state university created by Sri Lankan business people with 3 or 4 faculties with foreign colleberation.

They are the non-state university which can stop foreign currency outflow and earn foreign currency. Others will create only outflows through different chennels. Sad!