University of Technology Sydney targets South Asia with Sri Lanka college
ECONOMYNEXT – University of Technology Sydney is to open a college in Sri Lanka with an investment of two million US dollars, aiming to attract students from regional countries as well, officials said.
UTS Insearch Sri Lanka, to open in October, is a pathway college offering diplomas in business, engineering and IT for students that will lead to undergraduate programs in University of technology Sydney in Australia.
Peter Haris, chief business developer of UTS insearch Sri Lanka, said they have chosen to launch the college in Sri Lanka to make it available for not only Sri Lankans but also for students from neighboring countries as well.
“Most students especially students from, South India and Pakistan will be happy to know about this institute in Sri Lanka,” he said.
“Depending on how successful the diploma is we are hoping to start the undergraduate program here as well. It will be more attractive for the neighboring countries because it will be less expensive for them to come and study here in Sri Lanka than going to Sydney.”
It will also offer a specially designed academic English course for students who want to enhance their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for academic studies.
It will also offer eight million rupees worth of scholarships for the top students who commence studies with the inaugural academic session this year.
“In addition we offer scholarships to academically outstanding students who complete their diplomas in Sri Lanka and continue to pursue their Bachelor’s degree at UTS Sydney. These include full and 25 percent fee-waiver scholarships,” Haris said.
Chair of UTS Insearch Sri Lanka John Wood said at least 75 percent of the staff will be Sri Lankans.
“I have been engaged with the Sri Lankan educational sector for nearly two decades, and the future is bright for this college. In particular I am looking forward to seeing the success of our students,“ he said.
(COLOMBO, 02 July, 2019)