Priyanthi Dissanayake brings together SLIIT & UC

SLLIT & UC were brought together by UC's Lankan representative Priyanthi Dissanayake ( who works tirelessly to improve Lankan higher education through such collaborations.

Priyanthi Dissanayake
Her goal is to make US higher education increasingly affordable to larger numbers of Lankan youth

She has already brought five such collaborations covering both public and private institutions such as the universities of Peradeniya, Moratuwa, PIM and the Institute of Chemistry. Her goal is to make US higher education increasingly affordable to larger numbers of Lankan youth who fail to get into public universities each year. Her ultimate dream is to induce her American partners to establish off shore campuses in partnership with Lankan institutes such as SLIIT, not only benefiting Lankans but attracting students from the region making Lanka a centre of knowledge excellence in South Asia.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) will once again progress towards expanding the institution's educational opportunities globally by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the prestigious University of Cincinnati (UC).

The U.S-based University will afford SLIIT students a valuable chance to experience the highly rated services offered by the institution. Ranked 19th amongst the top 20 universities in America and 4th among 84 universities across 4 continents (through surveys based on the International Student Barometer, the largest annual study of international students in the world), UC has garnered high ratings and recognition for its diverse educational programmes and eco-friendly initiatives.

SLIIT students will benefit through the IT degrees offered by this acclaimed institution, which also provides opportunities for industrial placement upon completion of their degree.

The first two years of study will be conducted at SLIIT, with courses carried out in strict accordance with UC standards, and thereafter students are able to transfer to UC to complete the three final years of their course, one year of which includes co-operative education in which students will go through an industrial placement and obtain their baccalaureate degree in Information Technology at the completion of the programme.
Those who acquire a GPA of 3.25 or its equivalent from SLIIT become eligible for the UC Global Transfer Scholarship, valued at $ 7,000 annually.

The MoU will be signed on May 13 2010 by Mr. Jonathan Weller, Director of International Admissions at the University of Cincinnati. Many high-ranking representatives from key institutions and the business sector will also grace the event.

Dr. Malitha Wijesundara, Head of the IT Services Division and Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at SLIIT, states that "this agreement with UC provides possibilities for SLIIT students to expand boundaries and reveal their potential as the university possesses strong links with the industry, therefore giving students a valuable and necessary opportunity to gain first-hand experience through the industry placement scheme of UC's co-operative education programme established in 1906.

This IT programme at UC is the first of only 14 ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited IT programmes in the USA". Adding to this, Professor Lalith Gamage, President and CEO at SLIIT, expresses the view that SLIIT's ties with UC will contribute towards a fulfilling educational experience, opening yet another door for SLIIT students to make their mark on a global platform.

UC's Lankan representative Priyanthi Dissanayake who has played a majore role to improve Lankan higher education through such collaborations was solely responsible in this vital tie up.

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