A recent study shows that despite the increased intakes in state sector Universities and private sector training organizations the demand for the IT professionals cannot be satisfactorily met. Shortage of IT professionals has become even more critical if the growth plans of IT sector companies are taken into account. The student intake to the state universities cannot be adequately increased to meet this demand, due to lack of physical infrastructure and human resources.
The Bachelor Information Technology (BIT) programme offered by University of Moratuwa allow higher educational opportunities for a wider audience of citizens in Sri Lanka which is at a reasonable cost when delivering at Horizon Campus with the collaboration of Centre for Open & Distance Learning (CODL).
Horizon Campus, Malabe recently held its annual convocation to confer Diplomas, Degrees and Post Graduate Degrees on its Master of Business Administration students and undergraduates, graduating from International partner Universities.
The Deputy Minister for Public Enterprise Development, Hon. Eran Wickaramarathne graced this occasion as the Chief Guest, with Mr. Chris Jenney, Head of International Institutions, The University of London International Programmes also in attendance.
Students who completed their MBA programmes, were awarded by Horizon Campus, undergraduates who completed the LL.B and B.Sc. degrees from the University of London International Programmes and undergraduates who completed their Bachelor’s degrees from the Buckinghamshire New University and Herzing University, USA and Diplomates who completed the Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) approved Pre-School Education programmes were conferred with their respective award at the ceremony.
Minister Wickramarathne emphasized on the necessity of private higher education in the country, to cater for the large segment of students who do not get the privilege of entering the state sector universities. He was also keen to point out the shortage of skilled labour and attributed the same to the lack of accommodation for all those eligible but not accepted to local universities. Mr. Wickramarathne was commended the efforts taken by Horizon Campus and the hard work undertaken by its graduates in making the event a reality. He had this to say in congratulating the graduates on their achievements; “To the graduates, my main piece of advice for you today is simple:
“You have been equipped with skills, qualifications and vision – now give back to your country. All of you undoubtedly have the capability to lead our nation and drive its economy. As you begin your working life, do not shirk that responsibility by flying out for a higher pay or a more ‘dignified’ job. There is no greater contentment than giving back to your motherland.”
Mr. Upul Daranagama, Chairman, Horizon Group, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Colin Peiris, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ajitha Wanasinghe, academic and non-academic staff, special invitees and family members of the graduates were also in attendance on this solemn evening.
Horizon Campus – Malabe, is a Non state University with degree awarding power approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Higher Education.
Horizon Campus has also the recognition from Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) which is also currently partnered with the University of London International Programmes, Nilai University, Malaysia and Arkansas State University, USA, offering a range of degree programmes from Law, Management, Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance, Information Technology, Bio-technology and Education to students who wish to read for a recognized local or foreign degree programme of their choice.