Feb 01, 2011 (LBO) - The London School of Commerce (LSC) Group of Colleges has opened a branch in Sri Lanka offering graduate and post-graduate courses, a statement said.
The branch, called the British School of Commerce (BSC), will offer courses for both Sri Lankan and overseas students.
The courses include business administration, information technology, international hospitality management and international tourism management.
LSC Group of Colleges` chief executive Timothy Ashanta Andradi said they aim to develop the British School of Commerce as a regional international centre of higher learning to attract youth of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Maldives.
The BSC estimates that an average of 200 students from neighboring countries would study at the British School of Commerce during the first year alone.
`Representatives of the senior management from the London School of Commerce have already met senior officers in the Ministry of Higher Education and have expressed their interest for the BSC to apply for independent degree awarding status as well, said Head of School, Chandima H de Silva.
All academic staff at the BSC possess a minimum Master`s degree qualification in their relevant disciplines as well as many years of teaching and research experience, the statement said.
Visiting academic staff from LSC will also teach in postgraduate degree programmes at the BSC.
The demand for qualified graduates in Information and Communication Technology is high in Sri Lanka, and at present there are nearly 25,000 vacancies in the field of Information Technology, said de Silva.
Albeit several private institutions offering study programmes in IT being available, there is still an unmet demand.
A recent study shows that Sri Lanka needs to produce at least 5000 IT/Computer Science graduates per year.
However, the total output from both state and private sector institutions at present is less than 2500.