New software updates, innovative apps, and smarter cellphones underscore just how quickly and constantly technology evolves. It can be hard to stay on the cutting edge with advances in today’s software, hardware and networks. With so many new ways for people and companies to use technology, there is a need for technical guidance and insight from Information Technology professionals paving the way for a huge spectrum of careers in the field of Information Technology.
Encompassing three key IT degrees that comprise of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Information Technology in Network and Mobile Computing and The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) program of University of Moratuwa, Horizon Campus has fully geared the Faculty of IT to meet the current and future needs of the Tech industry and to produce tech savvy professionals that will pave the way for innovations of the future.
This internationally recognized triple accredited modern campus has a range of fully fledged IT labs that allow students to have more hands-on experiences.
Dr. Amal Rajapakse, Dean – Faculty of IT said “connecting our nation’s young minds with opportunities for futuristic IT education is of critical importance, and to teach them the skills and perspectives to lead in today’s digital age, harnessing the power of digital technologies to drive business success. Given the scale of digital disruptions, the skills and perspectives of innovative tech professionals are now required in every industry and job function: from operations to HR; accounting to product development; marketing to strategy. These professionals will need to be tech savvy, data driven and be able to inspire teams to engage in rapid experimentation that drives transformation and business outcomes. These are the components that we aim to impart to our students where they will gain hands on experience in understanding and articulating strategies to drive and transform businesses in the digital economy, drive business value through experimentation, develop platform based strategies for growth, and manage digital transformation projects to lead organizational change and transformation.”
He further explained that the Bachelor of Information Technology in Network and Mobile Computing degree is focused on the technical and administrative skills required to create and use computer networks for a range of different purposes. Topics covered will include security, multimedia, programming languages, system architecture, network administration, project management, databases, and much more.
Dr. Amal Rajapakse said that the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology has a strong focus on industry projects, giving students the chance to develop software programs. They will also gain skills in project management, project estimation, documentation and report evaluation through the theoretical side of these core subjects. The curriculum will include web and software development, IT systems analysis, design, and programming. In these classes students will develop an understanding of infrastructure technology, planning and management and develop ways to understand systems and how to implement technical programs, and data systems.
He added that upon completion of the degrees, students will also have the opportunity to pursue post graduate study (Masters, PhD) in Information Technology, pursue post-graduate research in IT and even pursue for entrepreneurship in the Computing or Information Technology arena.
Providing a quality education that focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to promote career advancement, the degrees offered by Horizon Campus looks well placed to be the ideal choice for students searching to acquire qualifications that will be well accepted by employers both locally and internationally.
Interested parties can obtain further information by visiting www.horioncampus.edu.lk or by contact 0716 623 623, 0713 159 159, 0114 365 555 or visit Horizon Campus at Malabe.
Horizon Campus has yet again produced excellent results at examinations held for the Certificate in Higher Education in Common Law and the LLB offered by the University of London. The overall pass rates for the Cert.HE and the LLB are a commendable 88%, which is a continuation of such results that has been achieved over the past several years.
These achievements are a testament to the quality, dedication, commitment and excellence of the Campus in providing a strong foundation in the knowledge and skills required for students to be effective legal professionals. The Faculty’s teaching system and curricular modules focus on grooming employable lawyers to progress into chambering who are well-trained on the basics, proficient in the legal language used by practitioners and are able to conduct research well.
Expressing her views on her achievement at this year’s examinations, one of the top achievers, Ra’na Farouk credited her lecturers lavishly by stating ‘their tireless efforts helped me on my journey for success”. She also ascribed that the academically excellent and value-added curriculum delivered by Horizon Campus allows law students to develop a wide berth of skills that makes them versatile and highly employable in the job market. “I feel a mixed emotion of pride and a sense of humbleness after my stint at Horizon Campus. Pride at my scores at the CertHE in Common Law examination 2017 conducted by the University of London and humbleness that every single of my tutors, who have achieved so much more, found the time and spared no pains in guiding me through my first year. Apart from the academic satisfaction at Horizon Campus, I have acquired the ability to surmount any obstacle and reach out stronger. Moreover, the atmosphere of sharing and caring and the sense of belonging to one large family lends that additional impetus to draw out the best in me. I am excited at the prospect of completing my legal studies with distinction at Horizon”.
Commenting on his accomplishment, Rehan Perera said, ” When I chose to enroll in the University of London International Programs for LLB (Hons) at Horizon Campus, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I didn’t know if I would be good at it or if I had the stamina to read and retain all the information, be analytical and produce good results. However, with the support of my lecturers who provided me with the guidance and motivation that I needed to find my way during this journey, I began to find that this course was not designed for students who just would learn and memorize information and reproduce it on paper. Instead, the curriculum was designed and delivered with such ingenuity that it allowed students to think for themselves, be creative and bold, and express their own unique points of view regarding complex legal situations. I believe it is such factors that has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and understanding of Law and achieve the results that I did. In addition, Students were given the necessary freedoms and their own place in campus by the management, which made it so much easier to focus on the challenges of the degree”
Applauding their high achievers Dr. Ruwan Perera, Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean for International Programs at Horizon Campus said “It is gratifying to see our students compete in international exams and excel in them by receiving the excellent results from the University of London .We are extremely proud of our students who have achieved overall pass rates of over 88% over the 3 years. Our vision has always been to produce high-quality graduates who are capable of becoming leaders in the legal practice and serve the needs that our country so badly requires. We at Horizon will continue to work towards helping our students score the high aggregate marks every academic year, which is our role in their academic formation”
Horizon Campus recently signed an MoU with the University of Moratuwa to offer the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) offered by the UoM at its regional centres in Kandy, Kurunegala, Kalutara & Matara. The other four regional centers namely in Negambo, Anuradhapura, Rathnapura & Badulla have also been reviewed by the University of Moratuwa and is to get approval shortly.
The MoU was signed by the Vice Chancellor of UoM, Prof. K. K. C. K. Perera & the Chairman of Horizon campus, Mr. Upul Daranagama.
The aim of this MoU is to build scientific and technical knowledge of students in these regions and equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to enable them to compete successfully in the fast evolving and dynamic IT industry and build successful careers.
Mr. Upul Daranagama said.” I am very happy to sign this agreement and look forward to work closely with University of Moratuwa to provide students to chance study for this comprehensive IT degree that will give them a host of opportunities in the field of IT. I am confident that this will benefit many talented students across the country “.
The event was attended by the staff of the faculty of IT & CODL, UoM and staff of Horizon Campus.
Horizon Campus was established in the year 2009 with the vision to impart quality education for all students across the country. Horizon Campus currently provides higher education opportunities in IT at affordable rates for a large segment of youth from all walks of life. They offer Bachelor of Science Honours in Information Technology & Bachelor of Information Technology Honours in Networking and Mobile Computing degree programs through their well-equipped IT labs, backed by a well experienced lecturer panel.
This MOU signifies yet another initiative of Horizon campus to reach out and offer IT education and career opportunities for talented youth in all the regions of the country.
Astronomy and related fields today are at the forefront of science and technology, answering fundamental question, driving innovation and contributing to technology, by constantly pushing for instruments, processes and software beyond our current capabilities. The fruits of scientific and technological development in astronomy, especially in areas such as optics and electronics, have become essential for day-to-day life, with applications such as personal computers, communication satellites, mobile phones, Global Positioning Systems, solar panels and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Astronomy today is also being transformed by vast quantities of observational data, models, and simulations at an ever accelerating rate, and astronomy has been an international pioneer of data enabled science. Overall Astronomy has become one of the few scientific fields that interacts directly with society, not only transcending borders, but actively promoting collaborations around the world.
As such, it is a given that stimulating astronomy education amongst a country’s youth will be of great value. In an innovative move to make this happen, Horizon Campus recently launched an Astronomy Society (HCAS) with the aim of establishing and maintaining an infrastructure that encourages learning and participation, both academically and professionally and provides an environment for their students to learn about the sun, moon, stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other celestial bodies and develop an enthusiasm about astronomy.
The inaugural meeting of HCAS was held in early August. The ceremony was attended by the Higher Management of Horizon Campus, where office bearers were appointed followed by a guest lecture regarding cosmology.
Outlining the future plans of the society Dr. Mihira Wanninayake, Senior Lecturer and Course Director who will head the Horizon Campus Astronomy Society stated that it includes advocating and uplifting the skills of its members by offering opportunities backing up research’ work correlated with astronomy. We plan to host a wide range of astronomical events, such as Astro Night Camps, and Water Rocket Competitions. We intend to offer instruction in a wide variety of fields in Astronomy and conduct training programs for students to carry out astronomy related activities. We also aim to conduct research in the fields of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science and produce publications with special attention to indexed journal publications as well as organizing workshops and seminars in the field(s) of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science. Our ultimate aim is to produce youth who will drive innovation and research that facilitates the use of astronomy in addressing the challenges faced by our society in the future”.
With the changing landscape of Biotechnology presenting many challenges for both the industry and educators alike and the need of preparing today’s science undergraduates in the country for future industry opportunities in this sphere, Horizon Campus is currently on a quest of investing their capitol in equipping their lecture team, labs and facilities to help establish their campus as a powerhouse for Biotechnology education in the country.
Developing a complete ecosystem for research, education and innovation: Mr. Eranda Mandawala of the Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Sciences at Horizon Campus, said “to prepare a knowledge-based talent pool in Biotechnology requires that we invest in competence, education and research. At the campus we are assuming a national responsibility to support the growth of specialist skills and knowledge in Biotechnology and cultivate a leading community of qualified graduates in life sciences. We will be making the campus a gathering place for creative researchers who are capable of linking academic disciplines in new ways to generate new knowledge and apply this for innovation and value creation in the field of Biotechnology.”
State-of-the-art research laboratories: With the driving mission to ensure the campus becomes one of the best resourced centre’s for Biotechnology research and education in the country, major investments have been made in state-of-the-art laboratories to conduct impact-driven molecular research that will provide researchers with insights into how to design new drug molecules to target complex health challenges such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease and antimicrobial resistance.
Mandawala explained “the biomedical challenges we face today include complex disorders associated with ageing, cancer, lifestyle and drug resistance. To develop new therapies for these diseases, we need to understand the biological activities of biomolecules in a cell. The area of molecular and cell biology therefore have a great deal to offer medicine in the future. It is at the forefront of scientific discovery, unlocking the innermost secrets of the cell and developing new ways to detect and attack disease , provide a new generation of diagnostic and therapeutic agents, and play a major role in the development of new vaccines and other approaches to the control of diseases. This also represents a platform for a new industry in Sri Lanka with new jobs, products and services in the health sector and our aim is to produce the required talent for this industry.
The lab at Horizon campus has been equipped to carry out PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing, a technique that identifies characterizations of viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal agents. The lab is also geared to conduct molecular research using RFLP technique together with gel electrophoresis that provide information on genetic diseases and also perform testing to analyze RNA samples to measure and compare gene expression patterns.
All of these are closely aligned with undergraduate and post-graduate teaching facilities to help provide a seamless transition for students and give them many opportunities to conduct research projects in the specialized context of molecular biology.
Industry accredited affiliations: To ensure further optimization in facilitating research ,training and knowledge creation, the campus has also affiliated with the top ranked Nilai Univeristy in Malaysia to offer two key degrees comprising of The Diploma in Biotechnology and the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biotechnology, with both courses covering a comprehensive range of subjects encompassing the applications of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetic engineering, bioinformatics and cell culture techniques for the development of new products.
Connecting Learners: Mandawala expressed “recognizing the need to strengthen education in our country in the field of molecular biology , our program integrates the laboratory and lecture components through the use of an experimental approach to learning , uniquely combining practical, hands-on training with cutting-edge research and teaching.”
“We will continue building on the research we already have, develop new ones, attract outstanding talent and train new generations of scientists in the field of molecular biology to bring value to the Biotechnology industry in the country” concluded Mandawala.
Since its foundation, the Faculty of Education at Horizon Campus has provided a significant contribution to the field, through its initiatives and programs, aimed at the formation and the continuing professional development of professional and expert educators.
The management of Horizon Campus has now identified that preprimary education is a neglected sector that deserves special attention and identified that investment in the field of early childhood education is a key requirement in our society. The improvement of the psychological and physiological health of children as well as their performance in school is seen as paramount in their further educational formation. Horizon Campus is now launching an early childhood education program that is designed in response to the increasing need for certified early childhood educators.
The course moulds aspirant teachers to teach in preschool and primary schools and helps develop the exact teaching skills required to teach children in the age group of 2-7 years. The unique program sets itself apart by featuring an introduction to infant-toddler mental health course, where students study how children, aged birth to three years, develop socially and emotionally and how this serves as a foundation for their future wellness and learning. By end of the course the teachers will be fully equipped with competencies essential for an effective preschool teacher along with a clear perception and understanding of the young learners, maturity levels, abilities, needs, interests and potentialities.
Mr.Upul Dharanagama Chairman of Horizon Campus stated “this is a major investment we are undertaking in helping to meet the early childhood education needs in our country. It is our aim that all 2 to 7 year olds have access to early childhood education as we believes that even in their early years, children are highly capable and competent, regardless of their background or experiences and that the early childhood years offer a unique window of opportunity in which to nurture a child’s development. Positive learning experiences in this period lay the firm foundation that is essential if children are to reach their full potential. Therefore it is essential that we have the right educators to teach and guide these children and we know that the success of early education rests on its quality, and that quality itself depends upon the educators and leaders on the ground. Hence our mission through this program is to train early childhood educators, with high-quality, high-impact professional learning opportunities and to prepare a new generation of leaders in early childhood education with the knowledge, and the tools, to change and impact the field.”
The program is open to early childhood educators who wish to further develop their teaching skills and capacities, as well as others with an interest in developing skills in building a career as early childhood educators.
Interested parties can obtain further information by visiting www.horizoncampus.edu.lk or by contact 0716 623 623, 0713 519 999 , 0114 365 555 or visit Horizon Campus at Malabe.