SLIIT offers UK recognised BBA Degrees
The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) marked yet another milestone recently, by inaugurating the three year Special Honours Degree programme in Business Management in collaboration with the prestigious Sheffield Hallam University of the United Kingdom.
At a ceremonial launch which took place at the SLIIT Malabe Campus auditorium on the 13th of May 2008, SLIIT entered into an affiliation with Sheffield Hallam University, one of the United Kingdomâ€™s most progressive and innovative universities which is known to have a flexible, business-led approach. The two institutions will now collaborate to enable Sri Lankan students to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration Honours Degree in Business Management from Sheffield Hallam University while continuing to be based in Sri Lanka.
For SLIIT, which already has a well established reputation for its high quality Information Technology study programmes, this new partnership represents a turning point towards obtaining international recognition for its Business Administration degree programme. It also creates a pathway for Sri Lankan students to obtain a world class undergraduate business degree at a very low cost.
The Chairman of the Institute, Professor Sam Karunaratne in his welcome address referred to the sophistication of global business, mainly due to IT and stated that it is natural for SLIIT to diversify into the area of Business Management studies.
Dr. Bob Harris from Sheffield Hallam University speaking on this new collaboration stated that "To enter into this affiliation SLIIT had to go through a rigorous validation process. We are fully satisfied with the high quality lecture panels, remarkable infrastructure and commendable standards adhered to at SLIIT. Sheffield Hallam University is looking forward to a mutually satisfactory relationship with SLIIT, monitoring the progress of the students, setting and evaluating the final semester Examination papers etc,".
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SLIIT Professor Lailth Gamage, speaking about the new degree prgramme stated that "This has not evolved from a traditional business management degree. Quite the contrary, from the core, it has Information Technology built in to it. This plus, being supported by a prestigious, world class UK University makes our new degree programme a truly unique experience".
Students who qualify for this degree programme are given two options. They can either complete five semesters within a period of two and a half years at SLIIT and complete the final six-month semester in the United Kingdom at Sheffield Hallam University or, alternatively, complete the entire degree programme in Sri Lanka at SLIIT.
Whichever option they choose, upon successful completion of the programme they will be awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) Degree in Business Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Considering the substantial costs involved in living and studying abroad, the opportunity of obtaining an internationally recognised foreign degree while living in Sri Lanka would, no doubt, be attractive to students here. Those who complete the degree programme become eligible to enroll for post graduate diplomas and Masters Degrees at Sheffield Hallam University and, needless to say, would have the opportunity of seeking excellent career opportunities in the United Kingdom.
Given the ever increasing demand for IT professionals with the right skills in the local corporate business environment as well as in the global IT industry, this new degree programme offered by SLIIT and Sheffield Hallam University can undoubtedly be regarded as an extremely valuable, timely and welcome addition to the limited range of higher education opportunities available to students within Sri Lanka.