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Sinhala Diaspora Tim Andradi to Set up Commerce & Business School in Lanka - Tim is a very successful Sri Lankan in the UK - He has years of experience and contacts all over the world

Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 12:13 AM SL Time

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.

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LK Information  1 Feb 2011 18:32:42 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Tuesday 20 April 2004
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Private colleges are calling on the government to clamp down on bogus operators, whose visa scams are damaging their business and harming the reputation of British higher education abroad.
With 5,000 people a year, according to one estimate, slipping into the UK to work under the guise of student visas, the home secretary, David Blunkett, has promised a package of measures to deal with the politically sensitive issue of 'bogus students'.

A group of established private colleges is complaining that the confusion surrounding student visas and attempts by British high commissions abroad to clamp down on bogus applications are preventing their own legitimate students from getting visas. They say they also suffer when overseas students have a bad experience at a cowboy college in the UK that turns out not to provide the promised teaching and support.

Tim Andradi, chief executive of the London School of Commerce (LSC), says the home office and British high commission officials abroad should insist that visas are granted only to students going to colleges accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC). That would eliminate 80% of the problems, he argues.

Like other legitimate college proprietors, he is infuriated to find his students being refused visas because entry officers in high commissions have difficulty distinguishing between genuine and bogus colleges. There has been a proliferation of private colleges in the UK, many with 'London' in the title to appeal to foreign students. 'A few institutions that have very tight procedures - far tighter than some of the new universities - are unfortunately getting stereotyped along with the others,' he says.

LSC, which has about 1,500 students, mainly on law and business courses, is extremely strict on attendance - fall below 80% and a student must leave - and pass rates are correspondingly high, which makes it all the more galling to be classed among the 'cowboys'.

To get a student visa to the UK, a student must present an offer letter from a bona fide institution in the UK. Although the Home Office has issued guidance on what it regards as bona fide institutions, and has circulated lists of colleges accredited by the BAC and English language organisations approved by the British Council, there is no definitive list. Officials abroad often have difficulty distinguishing between the plethora of private colleges that have sprung up in recent years, many of which are what the British Council calls 'mushroom colleges', appearing overnight and disappearing just as quickly.

Both universities and private colleges employ agents to recruit students in countries such as China and India and they play an important role in the overseas higher education market.

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LK Information  1 Feb 2011 21:49:38 GMT  Report for Abuse  
And our buggers were rejoicing that the London School of Economics had just setup shop.
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LK Information  2 Feb 2011 00:30:31 GMT  Report for Abuse  
LSE has set up shop


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