Higher education is the single most important contributor to success in life. Higher education leads to better careers and higher earnings. Numerous studies have demonstrated that graduates earn several times more than non-graduates and go on to have rewarding careers and fulfilling lives. Not surprisingly, millions of students all over the world pursue higher studies. It has been estimated that there are close to 150 million students in higher education in the world. In Sri Lanka too, a large number of students aspire to university education.
Unfortunately, as we all know, the opportunities for higher education in Sri Lanka are limited. Responding to the increasing demand for higher education in Sri Lanka, APIIT, a leading higher education institution in the country, provides opportunities for higher education in four attractive fields, namely, Computing, Applied IT, Business Management and Law.
APIIT School of Computing offers a range of degree programmes providing the opportunities for students to specialise in areas such as Software Engineering, Computing Science and Computer Networks and Security with the options of completing the degree as a Bachelor of Science (Hons) or as Bachelor of Engineering (Hons). In addition, a unique combination of computing and management disciplines are offered in the BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology and BSc (Hons) Business Computing degree programme to meet the demand of the modern world where business takes place in an IT environment. Students will have to select the specialisation area of their choice from the 1st year of study and continue the three years in the same specialisation to gain in-depth understanding of the particular subject area.
APIIT Business School offers three specialised Degree programmes in Management – BA Marketing Management, BA Human Resource Management and BA (Hons) Business Management. The APIIT Business School is driven by a vision to be a leading Business School in the Asia Pacific Region with a global reputation for academic excellence; its mission is to produce business professionals who are effective in a competitive global environment.
APIIT Law School offers internal British degrees in Law. The internal University degrees are unique and have special characteristics. A unique feature of the Internal LLB Law degree is the SKILLS training programme that will take place throughout the first year. SKILLS training will be conducted mostly through workshops and will impart skills such as legal problem solving, legal writing and research, client interviewing, and critical analysis. Consequently, students will be equipped with not only subject knowledge but also a wide array of skills to become effective practitioners on graduation.
Students have the option of completing the entire degree at APIIT in Sri Lanka or transferring to Staffordshire University in the UK. Students may also transfer to affiliated universities in the UK and Australia. Three intakes per year allow students to enter higher education as soon as they complete their O/L and A/L examinations without wasting precious time.
Students who possess two A/L passes could secure direct entry to degree programmes and, on completion of 3 years of study, receive their internal degrees from Staffordshire University, UK. APIIT also provides a fast-track route to degree programmes for O/L qualified students through a comprehensive pre-university Foundation Programme of 8-month duration. The APIIT Foundation Course is designed to prepare students specifically for the Business and Computing/IT degree programmes offered at its City Campus in Colombo. Students who have sat O/L examination in December have the privilege of enrolling immediately in the Foundation Programme pending results. At a time when students are required to acquire qualifications at an increasingly younger age, the APIIT Foundation Programme gives O/L students a head start on higher education.
Students who are weak in English and Maths will be provided with pre-university training to improve their language and numerical skills. A modern language centre equipped with computer aided learning materials allows students to sharpen their communication skills throughout the study programme.
The degree programmes offered at APIIT are internal degree programmes and the degree certificates awarded by Staffordshire University are identical to those awarded to internal students studying in the UK. There is close monitoring of the facilities and the conduct of the programmes by Staffordshire University to assure that the required quality standards are maintained. Further, as a higher education institute offering British degree programmes in Sri Lanka, APIIT – Sri Lanka comes under the purview of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) of the United Kingdom.
Staffordshire University is amongst the leading UK universities which offer their degree programmes in Sri Lanka. Staffordshire University has been awarded “Excellent” and “Commendable” teaching scores 13 consecutive times by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the UK. The University was awarded the Best Teacher Training Award in 2003 and was adjudged as the best new university by computing employees in 2005. Over 5,000 overseas students study for Staffordshire University programmes in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and many other EU countries. Approximately 1000 students studying at the APIIT City Campus in Colombo form part of this proud international student community.
APIIT has been able to prove its competence and commitment to quality in higher education over the years. APIIT has received many accolades both nationally and internationally. For example, APIIT-Sri Lanka is the only private higher educational institute to win a grant by the World Bank.
APIIT teaching and learning facilities are amongst the best in the country. The highly qualified and dedicated lecturers provide guidance and support to the students to perform to their full potential. In addition to its full-time lecturers, industry experts are also drawn in to share their experience to keep students abreast of current trends and advancements in the fields of study.
In view of the outstanding resources available for education and the robust student support services, student attainment is high. A majority of APIIT students have obtained first or second class upper degrees in the past. Study programmes at APIIT are constantly revised and reviewed to meet global standards and trends. Consequently, students find employment immediately after graduation with high profile placements in the industry. Further, feedback from the industry attests that APIIT graduates are effective in employment.
APIIT is not only about higher education. Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities too. Student Activity Club at APIIT comprises several committees and clubs for students to partake in numerous recreational activities, to contribute to community development and to improve their leadership and team working skills. Further, social and cultural activities are organized to develop socio-cultural harmony.
With its strong international relations, global standards and single-minded focus on quality in higher education, APIIT has emerged as the higher education institute of choice to achieve one’s dreams and career goals.