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Just two years since the end of a devastating three-decade conflict, Sri Lanka is now a middle-income country. Rapid development of infrastructure, stable government, steady growth and streaming foreign direct investment are but a few of the beacons of its new economic prosperity.
One of Sri Lanka’s five key national development priorities is the development and transformation of its higher education sector establishing itself as a regional knowledge and education hub in South Asia by 2015. With over 30 foreign universities now offering accredited programmes to more than 10,000 Sri Lankan students and several more international universities on the verge of investing in campus development on the island, this vision is fast turning into reality.
Hon S B Dissanayake MP and Dr Sunil Nawaratne speak about the macro-level policy and structural changes which are currently being implemented to enhance higher education provision and improve quality in both the public and private sectors.
Chandra Embuldeniya then examines the case of breaking free from the traditional silo-based university model to create a truly multidisciplinary university with graduate entrepreneurship embedded as a core institutional value.
Ian Robertson elaborates on the universities strategy which has led to producing highly employable, entrepreneurial graduates who are adding value to the national economy.