Monday, May 27, 2013

Foreign students to Sri Lanka University

Sri Lanka’s Higher Education Ministry has increased the quota of international students admitted to universities and is offering additional scholarships to foreign students in its aim of becoming a higher education hub in Asia. But the moves have met with resistance amid fears that the number of places for local students will be reduced.Full Story : Click

The foreign student quota was recently increased from just 0.5% to 5% of the student intake at local universities.

The ministry said it hoped that around 1,000-4,000 fee-paying foreign students would be admitted in the course of the next three years – many of them from China, although the majority would be from other South Asian countries.

“We're doing our best to promote our country and bring in foreign income. We hope about 1,000 Chinese undergraduates will arrive here to pursue higher studies later this year,” Deputy Higher Education Minister Nandimithra Ekanayake said during a media briefing.

The minister said 1,292 new slots were available for foreign students in local universities this year. Full Story : Click