The APIIT (Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology) inaugurated its first Graduate School in Sri Lanka recently and launched two MSc Degree programmes in Computing and Technology Management.
The graduate school and the Degree Programmes were launched with the assistance of Staffordshire University in the UK and APIIT Malaysia, which are working as joint venture partners with APIIT Sri Lanka since 2000.
Speaking at the launch, the CEO of Dialog Telekom Dr. Hans Wijesuriya said that this was a giant step that has been taken in the field of IT while noting that the adopting of IT courses with the correct components is very important. `Both the facilities and affordability would not have been easily obtained especially in the IT field,` he said.
Dr. Wijesuriya therefore noted that the attempt taken by an institution such as APIIT was remarkable. He further noted that the world is now functioning in an era under the revolution of IT and he stressed the importance of having one`s higher education in the IT field in Sri Lanka.
`This is yet another landmark in the progress of APIIT as a leading higher education institution in Sri Lanka,` said the CEO of the APIIT Sri Lanka Dr. Athula Pitigala. He noted the importance of engaging the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in fields of industry and commerce, while observing that Sri Lanka was unable to benefit much from the growth of ICT as opposed to other developing countries who have benefited from it.
`This is mainly due to the lack of trained personnel; our current need for IT graduates has been projected at 5,000 per year,` Dr. Pitigala said and stressed that it was essential to attract and train large numbers of personnel in IT/computing.
As a result of this mismatch, Sri Lanka faces a large graduate unemployment problem. The MSc in computing is a conversion Master Programme and will help some of the non-IT graduates to enter the lucrative field of Computing.
The Master of Computing addresses the market demand for graduates with IT skills appropriate for business and industry, the Master in Technology Management provides the knowledge and understanding of how technology management can be developed and implemented.