ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet this week approved a proposal submitted by minister of education Susil Premajayantha, to enter into an agreement with the Nepal government to facilitate student and teacher exchange programs.
“It has been proposed to enter into an agreement for cooperation in higher education with the aim of strengthening and expanding the mutual cooperation in this sector, and developing higher education institutions of the two countries,” cabinet spokesperson, minister Bandula Gunawardena said on Tuesday (28).
The agreement would include provisions for exchange programs.
“It will facilitate student exchange programs and lecturer exchange programs between the two countries, as well as collaboration in technical and educational matters.”
Both countries will have the opportunity to participate in higher education conferences and seminars held by the two countries, he said.
“Nepal is our neighbor and a SAARC member; There are a lot of higher education institutions, particularly private medical universities in Nepal that Sri Lankan students are enrolled in.”
“The cooperation between higher education institutes in our country and Nepal needs to be strengthened and broadened,” Gunawardena said.
In the last two years, a large number of students have left the country for higher education.
Sri Lanka now plans to open up the higher education sector and increase the number of foreign students in local degree programs, offered by both state and private universities.
The University of Colombo last month medical degrees to foreign students at a cost of 62,500 dollars for a five-year course. (Colombo/Nov28/2023)