Horizon Campus, one of Sri Lanka’s leading private universities, signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Essex, UK as a first step to offering unparalleled Postgraduate Degree Programmes to Sri Lankan students.
The partnership will open doors for students to enroll for programmes in Law and Information Technology (IT) in specialized areas, and is a refreshing step to diversify the current market offerings.
Speaking at the event, CEO of Horizon Campus, Ajitha Wanasinghe stated, “Today marks the first step of a longstanding collaboration between our universities that I believe will bring fruitful results to both organizations and to our country. Sri Lanka has entered into an era of steep economic development. The country needs top class universities that offer niche market courses to widen our scope in addition to the standard courses that are already commonly available. The University of Essex compliments this requirement and we are pleased to partner with them to bring a more dynamic offering of courses to our students.”
Established in 2011, the Horizon Campus offers internationally recognized qualifications in affiliation with foreign universities in the UK, the US and Malaysia. The Campus consists of 5 faculties offering courses in Management, IT, Science, Education and international Programmes and is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
Expressing his thoughts, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Essex, Prof. Anthony Forster said, “We are delighted to be here to work with such an esteemed partner as the Horizon Campus. We have had some exciting discussions about the way in which we can start off the partnership and about how we can build that partnership from the ground up. We hope that this MoU is a clear declaration of intent from the perspective of the University of Essex, on our commitment to produce global citizens who will go out into the world and make it a better place.”
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”
The 11th International Lawasia (Law Association of Asia and Pacific) Moot Competition which was held from the 10th to the 15th of August, made Colombo her home this year. Lawasia is an annual moot competition held in parallel with the Lawasia Conference targeting students of the legal field and youngsters that have a knack for logical legal argumentation from across the world. Though the visit was short, it did not fall short of delivering upon its mandate found in the Lawasia International website “We meet to uphold the time honoured values of man and celebrate the sharing of knowledge and ideas, and of learning whilst embracing the diversities of the world we live in, believing that man’s greatest moment is a moment in time of warm embrace and acceptance for his fellow human being. “. Lawasia 2016 was indeed a microcosm of diversity, not only in opinion but also in community as fourteen teams from not only the oriental part of the world but also the great West, gathered atop one platform to represent conflicting opinions in the art of Mooting.
Mooting is an argumentative exercise where two teams; one representing the Claimant/ Prosecution in a court of Law and the other deliberating on behalf of the Defendant, submit their oral testaments before an esteemed panel of judges. Prior to the oral rounds, a team which is usually composed of two to three persons are required to make a Written Submission detailing the team stance which is then shared with the opponents.
The Moot problem for this year’s competition was based on an arbitration between two tea companies on the grounds of breach of contract formed between the two enterprises and violation of Intellectual Property laws.
The mooting team of Horizon Campus composed of Ms. Samadhi Cooray, Mr. Chamath Perera and Ms. Chiranthi Senanayake was voted by the fellow participants as the team that best encapsulated the overall spirit of the Lawasia Mooting Competition; the team that demonstrated not only their oratorical capabilities but other characteristics such as diplomacy, compromise and ability to accept unity in the diversity.
The incumbent Chair of the Lawasia Mooting Standing Committee, Mr. Raphael Tay along with the Organisers of the 11th International Lawasia Moot Competition must be wholeheartedly congratulated for the memorable experience granted to all those who loves conflict in the form of rational argument and Horizon Campus is proud to be part of this international exercise and bring Sri Lanka’s name to the limelight.