Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Foreign Students apply to Sri Lankan Universities
More than 300 applications had been received from foreign students, to enter Sri Lankan universities, in the next academic year, the Higher Education Ministry said yesterday.
Secretary to the Ministry Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne said that Sri Lanka had offered scholarships to around 50 foreign students.
"We will accommodate a small percentage of foreign students in Lankan universities, done under the scholarship scheme and the others who will be paying students," he said.
Dr. Navaratne said they introduced the full scholarship programme to enhance links with other countries in the world.
Most Sri Lankans went overseas on full scholarships, but they return after completing their studies without contributing anything to those countries, he said adding that the country could now pay back in some way by offering scholarships to foreign students.
The Secretary said that most of the foreign students were seeking entry to the Moratuwa, Colombo, Sri Jayewardenepura, Kelaniya, Rajarata and Sabaragamuwa universities.
Dr. Navaratne said currently there were 435 fee paying foreign students following undergraduate and post graduate courses in Sri Lankan universities.
Most of them study Buddhism in the Buddhist and Pali University; he said adding that the rest were engaged in bio – diversity studies, archeology, irrigation, and conflict resolution and peace studies.
"Most postgraduate students conduct research in Sri Lanka and they are published in international journals," Dr. Navaratne said adding it was a recognition for the country.
Extract From Online Island