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Sri Lanka UCLan Private Campus launched by UK minister
Sri Lanka UCLan campus launched
A campus of UK's University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) launched in
Sri Lanka this week will strengthen links between the two countries, British
foreign secretary William Hague has said.
UCLan is the fifth largest in the UK in student numbers and has over 500
undergraduate programmes and 180 postgraduate courses.
"I am pleased to take part in the launch of the University Of
Central Lancashire campus in Sri Lanka, marking the significant strengthening
of educational links between the people of Britain and Sri Lanka," UK's
High Commission in Colombo quoted Hague as saying after unveiling a plaque at
"Education is a significant factor in building peace and stability
and this British new campus should be celebrated,"
Sri Lanka's current administration is encouraging foreign universities
to start in Sri Lanka as part of a strategy to build education hub enhancing
the educations freedoms of the people.
Students who could not enter the tax-payer funded education system have
to go abroad at great expense to get higher education due to a state monopoly
in degree awarding.
The British High Commission said about 8,000 Sri Lankans gain UK
education qualifications each year, while 35,000 more get professional
qualifications through the British Council. UCLAN Web Site - www.uclan.ac.uk Source: LBO However, the Inter University Student Federation had organized protests
in Kandy, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Galle and Rathnapura demanding the
government put a stop to education trade zones.
The students who engaged in the protest in Kandy had to disperse after a
short while due an order issued by the Kandy Magistrate’s Court which was
obtained by the Kandy Police.
Speaking during the ceremony to unveil the memorial plaque regarding the
University of Central Lancashire Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayaka
stated that an educated young generation is needed to face the challenges of
the modern economy. www.lankauniversity-news.com