The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Ranil Shriyan Wickremesinghe has officially launched Colombo’s newest international higher education institute, ‘UTS Insearch Sri Lanka’.
Attending the launch event in Colombo on 4 July 2019 were: Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr David Holly; Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) for the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Mr Iain Watt; Managing Director of UTS Insearch Mr Alex Murphy, and more than 200 dignitaries, business leaders and educators from Colombo.
This will see UTS bring its latest developments in higher education learning from Sydney to support the skills and knowledge Sri Lankan students need for international study and career success. The’ initial investment in Sri Lanka is more than US$2 million and affirms Australia’s commitment and close ties to Sri Lanka.
“I am pleased to be a part of the launch of the UTS degree pathway (Diploma) programs here in Sri Lanka. This will provide students with a pathway to one of Australia’s most innovative and technology focused universities, with the opportunity to complete their studies in Sydney, Australia,” said Prime Minister, Mr Ranil Shriyan Wickremesinghe.
Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr David Holly also supported the launch. “The establishment of a UTS Insearch branch campus in Colombo is a significant milestone in the relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka and is another example of Australia’s excellence in providing educational opportunities in Sri Lanka,” said Mr David Holly.
Developing a new campus in Colombo
UTS Insearch Sri Lanka will offer UTS Foundation Studies and first year university-equivalent programs in Business, Engineering and Information Technology from a new building, situated on Thurstan Road, Colombo. Classrooms are being equipped to an international standard, with teaching scheduled to commence in October 2019.
“This is about creating an inspiring learning environment for students - we are excited to be bringing our innovative approach to education to Colombo,” said Mr Iain Watt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) for the University of Technology Sydney.
“We are investing in developing our college and courses, contributing to Sri Lanka’s exciting future and growing economy. Our teachers will use the approaches to helping students develop and embed university-level academic skills,” said Mr Alex Murphy, Managing Director of UTS Insearch.
The Colombo campus will draw upon the depth of experience of UTS Insearch, which provides English language and academic education pathways for UTS in Australia, and through partnerships in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea and Vietnam.