Sunday, October 13, 2013
UCLan Lancashire University in Meerigama Sri Lanka
A branch of the internationally reputed Lancashire University "UCLan Lanka Campus " is to be established in Sri Lanka.
The Minister of Investment Promotion Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena announced in the Parliament October 9 that this University will be established in the Export Promotion Zone in Mirigama. He said that 120 acres will be set aside for this project and it will provide educational facilities for ten thousand students. Six thousand of them will be foreign students. 120 million US dollars will be invested for this project and it would generate 750 employment opportunities.
The Minister stated that due to the peace and political stability prevailing in the country the investments are on the increase. He said that the confidence of investors across the world about Sri Lanka has increased and they have pledged their interest in investing in the country.
Minister Yapa said that at present only 25,000 students can enter local universities each year, and the rich class sends their children abroad for higher studies. But the majority cannot do so. The Minister said that these children will get a good opportunity to pursue their higher education through this university.
The Minister also pointed out that the country loses large amounts of foreign exchange due to the children of the wealthy going overseas for their higher studies.
Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayake said that the Lancashire University is the 5th best University in the United Kingdom and this is one of the biggest investments amounting to US$ 120 million. The Minister assured to further strengthen the higher education in Sri Lanka by bringing foreign universities. He said that it is the present government which has allocated a colossal amount of funds to the Higher Education, which is more than 7 percent of the GDP.
Parliamentarian Mohan Lal Grero, who is also the monitoring MP for Education said that the Lancashire University is a leading university in the world and its management in the country will be done in accordance with the University Act.
Participating in the debate the UNP Parliamentarian Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that they have no objection about bringing in private universities to the country but it should be done in a systematic manner.
The Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that 520 degree courses and 200 post graduate degree courses will be conducted by this university. This is the first time a branch of the Lancashire University is being established in the Asian region.
Parliamentarian A. H. M. Azwer said that this foreign university will provide higher education for around 4,000 local students and 6,000 foreign students. He said that establishment of foreign universities in the country is a timely move which will provide immense benefits to the country.Minister Athauda Seneviratne, and several Parliamentarians including Wasantha Senanayake, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, and Eran Wickremarathne participated in the debate. Source : News.lk