But the controversial part is even most of these students who are eligible for university entry will not get the study areas they prefer, You will be ‘compelled’ to choose what’s available depending on your Z score.
In the context of not even 20% of those qualifying for university admission securing a place in a local Government University, the students have to seek for other options for higher studies.
BUT,…!!! If you chose to join a private Institution in Sri Lanka,……
Now see a proliferation of Private and Public institutes that provide tertiary education in Sri Lanka which
is becoming a profitable Business venture. Most of them offer Degrees in affiliation with foreign
It is becoming a serious issue now as there is no proper Organisation in Sri Lanka to asses these Institutions and offer recognised accreditations. This calls upon students and parents to be more concerned in their university programme selection.
eg : Medical Council, Institution of Engineering, Architects Association, Scientists etc,…
Thus, if you are taking the decision to admit to any of these private Institution for higher studies, you will have to carry a huge burden & a risk as although these degrees might even be recognised by the UGC, they might as well not be recognised & endorsed by the relevant Professional bodies in Sri Lanka. If you are not taken in to the relevant professional bodies once you graduate with the relevant degree, what is the point of wasting several years in life & graduating in the particular Institution ?.
This is your major life changing decision which will decide on your entire future. There are many popped up private Degree programs and Private Degree awarding institutes in Sri Lanka. Rather than recommending any of these degree program, we advise you to look for following aspects before selecting any of these Institutes.
Refer globally recognized university rankings such as Times Higher Education-QS World University Ranking, US News and World Report’s World’s Best Universities. University ranking and recognition of a Private University can be a decisive factor in gaining access to well-paid jobs and ensuring a place in an esteemed postgraduate institution.
But there is a big difference in studying in the original real University in its Mother country & studying in an affiliated institute of the said university in Sri Lanka. What are the academic quality assurances?
All national and regional accredited universities are listed in the UNESCO handbook of universities. This is used as the guideline by all government higher education authorities including UGC (University Grants Commission) in Sri Lanka. Degrees awarded locally by these foreign universities must be identical to those granted by the partner universities, and they should be accredited through the relevant accreditation bodies. The partner universities should conduct regular audits and assure equal academic and infrastructural standards.
Most of the foreign qualifications offered in Sri Lanka are taught by local lecturers without relevant foreign exposure.
99% of them have never even seen the actual Mother University. This prevents students benefiting from complete real-time
international educational experience. Furthermore in many local institutions it’s common practice to see majority of
faculty members with basic professional or academic qualifications teaching subject areas outside of their sphere of
Make sure you select the right institution that has lecturers who are qualified to do the job. This is one of the most important aspects.
The Degree awarding University in its mother country, although Private or Government, may be recognised internationally & comprised of high standards in all aspects. But the local private Institute which offers that particular university’s affiliated degree in Sri Lanka may not have at least the minimum required educational qualifications for its lecturers to teach the subjects, let alone the infrastructural comparison.
These local institutes, in order to maintain their affiliation to the Mother University abroad, may simply pass the student irrespective of the student’s educational standards in order to increase their Students passing percentage. But the product quality of these passing out students will be sadly very low.
Thorough international education is an essential quality in the job market. Furthermore it’s very important to know the calibre of other students who will be with you in the same class.
This is an important aspect of informal education in university student life, which cannot be gained unless you are studying in a real University rather than an affiliated Institute of a real University.
It’s quite unfortunate to see that graduates who are the products of these private institutions are alien to Sri Lankan culture and values. A proper understanding of local values and the ability to understand local, regional and global issues.
The true meaning of university education goes beyond examinations and project assignments. Employers today need graduates with multiple skills who can start with minimum training. This is even more valid for regional and global employment where only the very best gets selected for top jobs.
The examination focused approach of most Sri Lankan private university education establishments fail to achieve the full potential of modern university education. The resulting graduates are not what the companies want.
It’s sad to see that many parents and students wasting millions of rupees due to the lack of knowledge in their education decision making. As rightful consumers parents and students have a right to question whether they get full value for their education investment.