SLIIT Professional Development Programmes provide academic boost for students

The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) provides an education which follows a focused academic trajectory which allows students to develop and reach their full potential within a highly competitive business arena.

SLIIT possesses strong links with the IT industry in Sri Lanka and abroad. Some notable industry certified partnerships include those with IBM, CISCO, Microsoft, EXETEL, Virtusa and IFS. These collaborative efforts with leading companies ensure that SLIIT students have access to an extensive source of knowledge and the ability to establish valuable industry links through a diverse range of programmes at the institute.

SLIIT's Professional Development Programmes are conducted for target groups ranging from O/L students to IT professionals, and are available in the following focus areas; Networking and Systems Administration, Programming, Web Development - General and Advanced, and Graphic Designing. SLIIT is the first regional academy which conducts such programmes in South Asia and is the first Microsoft IT academy in Sri Lanka.

Many of these are customised programmes for the relevant industries, which include those for government programmes and private companies. The industry certified Professional Development Programmes include Microsoft IT Academy Programmes (MCTIP - Enterprise Administrator & MCPD - Enterprise Application Development), CISCO Networking Academy (CCNA - New Curriculum, CCNP & CCNA Security), and additional programmes, including Advanced Linux Administration, Web Development, Knowledge Worker Certificate, Software Quality Assurance Programme, and the Certificate Programme in IT Applications, to name a few. SLIIT is an authorized centre of Prometric and Pearson VUE testing centres, providing electronic testing solutions especially for Microsoft and CISCO Certifications.

2010 saw SLIIT secure accolades for many projects, among them the award for the National CISCO NetRiders 2010 for the second consecutive year, the Silver Award for best Information Technology Security Implementation under the category "IT Governance and Security Training" at INFOTEL and ISACA Security Awards, and recognition at the e-Swabhimani Awards 2010, with two certificates for SLIIT's CSR and student projects.

"This year we aim to expand the Professional Development Programmes to SLIIT's other centres in Kandy and Jaffna to give students in these regions a chance to benefit through such programmes" states Uditha Gamage, Head of the Department/Lecturer Cisco Networking Academy, MIcrosoft IT Academy. Professor S. Karunaratne, Chairman of SLIIT and President and CEO Professor Lalith Gamage elaborate that these programmes "provide a valuable platform and serve to shape students' skills so that they are competently able to take on the challenges posed by today's constantly evolving business environment. The Institute is currently conducting a training programme on a cost-sharing basis for 30 school teachers from all over the island, including the regions of Mannar and Mallaitivu etc. to develop their ICT knowledge and skills which in turn can be utilised at schools in their respective areas".

SLIIT possesses state-of-the-art facilities and well-equipped laboratories coupled with a highly skilled panel of lecturers to deliver professional services for career-focused education at a reasonable cost. The institute's scope as a centre for academic excellence and as a forerunner in the arena of research and development ensures the availability of a rich pool of experts in the IT, Business Administration and Electronic Engineering spheres within the country.

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