Helping Hand

Jan 25, 2007 (LBO) – North Dakota State University (NDSU) has granted Sri Lanka’s university students concessions to pursue postgraduate studies in America, officials said Thursday. Dean of postgraduate studies NDSU David Wittrock said the university hopes to increase the student intake from Sri Lanka which is currently around 27 students.

“We hope to increase students from Sri Lanka. We have seven PhD and two Masters students in Fargo so far,” Wittrock told reporters.

“The students will be admitted through NDSU’s typical process,”

The university with over 12,000 students conducts doctoral and research programs and will focus on Sri Lankan university students in need of Masters and Doctoral Degrees.

The proposals are focused only on university students at the initial stage.

Officials from the University said they would conduct co-operative programs with local universities sharing local curricula.

They had started discussion with the University of Peradeniya

Once underway, the American university will grant credit transfers and develop distance learning courses for students in Sri Lanka.