Innovative Education

June 19, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s fee-levying higher education institutes are drawing on technology and cost management strategies to make services affordable to students and maintain quality, officials said. Overseas education is very expensive for students and parents and it is not affordable to many.

Affiliated colleges with a local partner are more affordable.

UK’s University of Central Lankashire (UCLan) is setting up a branch in Sri Lanka, which will be one of the first foreign universities to start in Sri Lanka.

“Quality should be assured at any cost and that should not be compromised, the same quality should be at all the stations,” Graham Baldwin, deputy vice-chancellor, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK said.

“Challenges facing us when operating internationally are the limits to flying faculty and bringing in new faculty of international standard.”

UCLan is setting up a 35 billion rupee university in Sri Lanka with the first batch of students to be enrolled in 2013.

The faculty will include both local and foreign personnel while ten thousand students could be accommodated once the whole project is completed within five years, officials said.