Two AOD design entrepreneurs recognised by industry

Published : 1:45 am  July 3, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  576 views  |  

Design entrepreneurs pitch for Venture Engine program final round      Chethya Munasinghe    Endemic range by Chethya ‘Design’ fuels value addition in industry; whether it is product design, packaging, corporate branding, apparel or interior design, it is one of today’s most in-demand skills. Because the industry recognises its value today as an employable skill that can also fulfil many needs in the country, it is now paving the way to design entrepreneurship and the creation of new design-led products and businesses. This design entrepreneurship is what Venture Engine is aiming to recognise, support and fund. Illustrating this further, two AOD design... 

Ananda wins international award

Published : 1:37 am  July 3, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  466 views  |  

The 17th International convention on student’s quality circles was held at Kingston University London from 23 to 28 June. The conference theme was ‘Empowering Responsible Citizens’. Nearly 3,000 students and teachers from more than 25 countries participated. Ananda College, D.S. Senanayake College and Mahanama College participated from Sri Lanka. The convention program consisted case study presentation, college debate poster and slogan, and skit. Sanul Senaratne, Kalhara Bandaranayake, Menura Wanninayake and Charindu Liyanage from Ananda College, Colombo participated in the case study presentation and were placed in second place. Master-in-charge Ananda Sumanatilleke too joined them in... 

Venture Engine gears for finale with 13 high profile investors joining the judging panel

Published : 1:35 am  July 3, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,108 views  |  

As Venture Engine 2014 draws to a close, members of the Indian Angel Network (IAN) arrive in Colombo to join a panel of judges comprising highly respected members of the Lankan Angel Network (LAN).  The high profile panel brings a diverse range of expertise to the selection process with 13 Indian angel investors participating.  The panel affords valuable overseas exposure to the top 14 fundable companies irrespective of which ones are selected as the winners.    Co-Founder Blue Ocean Ventures and IAN member Rajan Anandan at the Venture Engine 2014 launch    IAN Vice President Venugopal Sathyanarayana will join the Venture Engine finale panel of judges   “The... 

Aspirations Education Exhibition to bring a novel education experience

Published : 12:00 am  June 30, 2014  |  Category: Sectors, Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,448 views  |  
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Aspirations Education in its 10th year of service to the nation, will be organising Sri Lanka’s biggest International Education Exhibition in its 8th consecutive year. With that in context below are the excerpts of an interview conducted with Aspiration Education Chairman Ajith Abeysekera and Managing Director Deepamala Abeysekera. Q: Tell us about the ‘Be There’ international education exhibition? A: ‘Be There’ is a global education exhibition organised by Aspirations Education for the 8th consecutive year. The exhibition will open avenues for Sri Lankan students to gain international education through over 20 prominent universities and institutes from across the world. Universities... 

SLASSCOM launches ‘Campus DirectLink’

Published : 12:03 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  991 views  |  
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By Waruni Paranagamage The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM), the IT and knowledge services industry body, launched ‘Campus DirectLink,’ an online ecosystem, last week. The system brings together the Sri Lankan corporate information sector and universities or higher educational institutes, supporting them to partner project ideas for universities at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels and offer studies with mentorship from industry experts. The system also serves as forum for internship collaborations, discussions around technology and further inserts value as a job portal. SLASSCOM Vice Chairman Jayantha De Silva told the Daily FT that the skills... 

Colombo University promotes distance learning via Mobitel’s ‘mLearning’ for Govt. employees

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,472 views  |  

University of Colombo has extended the ground-breaking online learning initiative, Mobitel ‘mLearning’, to promote distance learning for government employees who now have the opportunity to obtain a local post-graduate degree while residing in any part of the world. The ‘mLearning’ solution is an exclusive learning platform designed and developed by Mobitel. It is the only commercially available comprehensive facility in Sri Lanka that allows students to follow a complete university course without the need to be physically present in a classroom. As the pioneer of the distance learning solution, The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), University of Colombo has trained hundreds of students... 

Shemal heads to Augustana

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,787 views  |  

Shemal Sarma of Wycherley International School ( was recently placed at Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois USA ( to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business by Scholarships for USA (Pvt) Ltd. ( with an amazing scholarship. Shemal, referring to services extended by SUSA, commented: “They were open and direct and always showed confidence in me. Displayed professionalism throughout. I was very comfortable and free to ask any question to clear all doubts. They also work fast, round the clock and with great urgency. Very committed to their task and stood by me at every turn. I would recommend them to anyone who deserves such service.” Wycherley... 

SLIIT Computing signs MOU with Aston University UK

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  230 views  |  

SLIIT Computing, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aston University in the UK, to create academic exchange and develop cooperation in teaching, research and training between the two universities. Aston University Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science Professor Robert Berry and SLIIT President/CEO Professor Lalith Gamage exchanged the MoU on behalf of the two institutes. Aston University is a long established research-led facility based in Birmingham, known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. The University is currently ranked in 8th place for graduate employment, according to the 2013 Sunday... 

Commercial Bank joins British Council to train English teachers in Kandy

Published : 12:10 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  503 views  |  
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Commercial Bank’s CSR Trust in collaboration with the British Council in Kandy conducted a training program in Kandy recently to enhance the skills of 200 English language teachers in the district. Teachers were selected from 153 schools from four educational zones for this program, conducted at Kingswood College, Kandy. The program in the form of a road show consisted of a series of training sessions conducted by eight trainers with one training coordinator and logistical support. Participants rotated around a series of four sessions. The primary objectives of the program were to make teachers more confident in using English in the English language classroom, better able to exploit their text... 

Atlas expands horizon

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Youth / Careers / Higher Education  |  Leave a Comment  |  4,414 views  |  

Atlas, the market leader in school stationary in Sri Lanka, and a company dedicated to providing high quality and innovative ‘tools’ to creatively encourage effective learning among school children, continues to expand its horizon with the launch of Atlas Pass Study Guides. Atlas identified the need of a grade 10 and 11 student wanting additional preparation apart from the school syllabi in order to be successful at the GCE O/L examination. Atlas Pass study guides provide a concise and instructive content driven guide to key O/L subjects. Compiled by a team of eminent educationists the guides encapsulate the comprehensive local O/L syllabus, providing further instruction and revision assistance... 

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