British School of Commerce to offer UK degrees, expect 200 foreign students
The newly set up education institute in Colombo, the British School of Commerce [BSC], a BOI approved venture and a division of the London School of Commerce (LSC) Group of Colleges expect to get an average of 200 students from neighbouring countries. The BSC will offer degree programmes as well as foundation programmes in both Management as well as IT. All undergraduate and postgraduate degrees conducted at the School are awarded by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK.
11 Feb, 2011, Colombo
@ TBL / LL
The newly set up education institute, the British School of Commerce [BSC], a BOI approved venture and a division of the London School of Commerce (LSC) Group of Colleges estimates that an average of 200 students from neighbouring countries would study at the British School of Commerce during the first year alone, thereby, attracting a large amount of foreign exchange into Sri Lanka, according to officials.
The Chief Guest at the opening event of the institute, British MP for Cities of London and Westminster, Mark Field said he expects the establishment of BSC in Colombo would also encourage and pave the way for other investors to start similar ventures in Sri Lanka.
According to him, in spite of United Kingdom government’s recent plans to reduce immigration and curb visa abuse through proposed new visa laws, a large number of Sri Lankan students who want to pursue their higher studies in United Kingdom will now have the opportunity to complete full or part of their studies in Sri Lanka through quality UK affiliated higher education institutes that are yet come in to the country.
Head of School, Chandima H. de Silva said that the fundamental objective of the BSC is to be a leading higher education provider in Sri Lanka. According to him, in keeping with the vision and mission of its parent institution, London School of Commerce, the BSC aims to provide high quality undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at an affordable cost to a large number of students in Sri Lanka as well as those from other countries in the South Asian region.
“This vision is very much in line with the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka to promote Sri Lanka as a regional hub in higher education. It is relevant here to state that 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 de Silva addressing the gathering at the opening ceremony.
He stressed that the demand for qualified graduates in Information and Communication Technology is high in Sri Lanka, which is presently at nearly 25,000 vacancies in the field of Information Technology. “The British School of Commerce will offer degree programmes as well as foundation programmes that would enable prospective students to plan their higher education from G.C.E. Ordinary Level, right up to the Master’ s level in both Management as well as IT” noted de Silva.
He added that British qualifications are greatly sought after by Sri Lankan students and all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees conducted at the British School of Commerce are awarded by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK whilst BSC students can get transfer to any of the sister campuses in either London, Belgrade, Kuala Lumpur or Nairobi, after completing a few semesters in Colombo.
“This, we believe, is an attractive incentive for students as no additional tuition fees would have to be paid in exploiting this opportunity. Furthermore, all the degree programmes offered would have the possibility of lateral entry, thereby enabling students with part qualifications in many professional courses of study such as CIMA, ICASL, ABE, CIM, SLIM, BCS, ACS, CMA etc, to pursue a degree,” said de Silva highlighting that the BSC has capacity to serve 300 students in its Colombo campus which has ample of modern education tools and facilities to cater the students.