Foreign Education: How to find the right path

During recent years, there is a significant increase in the demand for foreign education among the students in Sri Lanka and neighbouring countries. One of the main reasons for this is the inability of providing study options as they need by the state sector Universities and private institutions for students who pass the G.C. E. Advanced Level Examination and therefore they tend to look for other options overseas. In many countries this is a common practice but unfortunately there are no proper systems to guide the potential students and parents to select the best education provider of the student and this will always depend on several important factors.

It is human nature that the parents look for the best education option for their children but the questions come probably after A/L results: "What" is the proper course programme, "Where" the best education programme is available and "How" their requirements can be achieved. The answers to these are not so simple because, especially in foreign education, more students and their parents do not have realistic information related to these questions. The tendency is to listen to somebody who promotes the education programme or depend on the information available per the media and promotional material. However, there are many cases with such experience that their sons and daughters returning home with loss of expectations or having ended up unsuccessfully in their education.

Thus, the Graduate Institute of Science and Management has organised a series of seminars to educate the students and parents about the availability of international education. Professor Dr. Senaratne conducted these seminars free of charge at different locations in the country.
As a result of the opening invitation made by the President of Sri Lank Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prof. Dr. Senaratne is one of the professionals returning home from overseas to support the development of the country. Prof. Dr. G. G. Senaratne is presently with the Graduate Institute of Science and Management, Sri Lanka as the President of GISM. This Institute is established by internationally well reputed academics who wish to contribute to develop Sri Lanka. Their ambitions are backed by a faculty of local and foreign experts as well as their Universities.

Prof. Senaratne explained at an interview with the Sunday Education Times that GISM is a model of New Zealand education in Sri Lanka. Further he added, "GISM provides quality education in undergraduate and postgraduate levels and it is the only institution of its kind both in Sri Lanka and in the Asian region. With such a high world ranking University like Massey, New Zealand with whom we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding it is indeed a great asset to Sri Lanka."

Indeed, according to the Legatum Prosperity Index 2010, New Zealand is number one in Education among 110 countries in the world. Also the Massey University is the largest University in New Zealand and one of the top ranking Universities in the world. Students who go to New Zealand Massey University will have the opportunity to get scholarships and also to enjoy New Zealand's best lifestyle. Apart from this, they can work part-time as well as full-time after completing the degree and thus apply for permanent residence.

Under the Massey University educational programmes, as Prof. Senaratne stated, the GISM campus conducts Massey pathway programmes for Computer Sciences, IT, Software Engineering and Business Studies degrees. President of the GISM Campus, Prof. Senaratne added that one of the main attractions is a that substantial amount of hard-currency is saved in the first year.

Intake for the semester starting February 2011 at Graduate Institute of Science and Management (GISM) is now underway and the first semester starts on February 24, 2011.

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