Sri Lanka defence university to enrol foreign military cadets

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state-run defence university is to train a batch of technical officers from Oman Navy on a fee-levying basis and also enrol paying students from foreign militaries, the government said.

The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), under the Ministry of Defence, holds the full membership of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in the UK, government spokesman Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

“It allows foreign officers and cadets to follow degree courses as a means of improving the friendship and diplomatic cooperation with countries in the African and Asian region,” he told a news conference.

According to the defence ministry, the KDU will train a group of 19 technical officers of the Royal Navy of Oman on a paying basis with help from the Sri Lanka Navy.

Omani Navy personnel want to follow the university’s diploma courses in engineering despite offers from other more advanced countries like Malaysia and India, it said.

The university will also conduct special course on a fee-levying basis for military students from the Middle East, Africa and other regions, it said.  (Colombo/October 23 2015)

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