ECONOMYNEXT - Colombo-based BMS, a business college associated to UK's Northumbria University has a launched a biotechnology degree which is slated to boost country's growth path in the sector.
Sri Lanka's Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha was quoted as saying that the degree will help Sri Lanka's to grow leveraging applied sciences.
"Northumbria’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has enjoyed a hugely successful working relationship with BMS in Sri Lanka over the years…," St. John Usher, Head of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University, said.
Newcastle Business School of Northumbria and BMS had worked together for 12 years and produced more than a 1000 graduates.
BMS is already providing a biomedical science program. Northumbria University gave the nod to for the final year of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science after setting up of facilities including laboratories.
W A Wijewardene President of BMS has been advocating policies that support a knowledge economy and qualified human resources.
In 2016, Northumbria awarded an honorary doctorate of civil law to him.
Wijewardene is a top economist in Sri Lanka and spent 37 years at Sri Lanka's central bank with nine years as deputy governor. He has been responsive for areas including economic research, monetary policy, financial system stability, public debt, rural credit and banking.