SLASSCOM launches Campus DirectLink

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  • Initiative set to revolutionise collaboration between Sri Lankan Corporate Information Technology sector and universities/higher educational institutes
SLASSCOM, the IT and Knowledge Services industry body is set to launch the ‘Campus DirectLink’, an online ecosystem for the benefit of all stakeholders. The initiative brings together the Sri Lankan Corporate Information Technology sector and universities/higher educational institutes, enabling them to actively engage in collaboration around project ideas for universities at Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctoral level studies with mentorship from industry experts. It also serves as a forum for internship collaborations, discussions around technology and further adds value as a job portal. Campus DirectLink which has been designed on behalf of SLASSCOM by one of its member companies IFS R &D International Ltd. The portal has been designed based on state-of-the-art social computing concepts to keep everyone connected together, so that both industry, academia, Undergraduate & Post Graduate communities can continuously harness the mutual benefits, helping in the journey of transforming Sri Lanka into a global leader in Information Technology sector. Direct Link serves as a catalyst where the distance between the industry and the academia is literally just a click away. Exports from IT and Knowledge Services industry reached an estimated USD 720 million in 2013. The industry is well on the way to meet its $ 1 billion aspiration by 2016. Its ambitious targets under the Vision 2022, SLASSCOM’s policy framework is to reach $ 5 billion in revenue, create 200,000 direct jobs and 1,000 startups by 2022 for which it’s seeking the active collaboration of all stakeholders including Academia. The launch of Campus DirectLink is on 20 June at 8:30 a.m. at the Dialog Future World Auditorium, Excel World Entertainment Park, #338 T.B Jayah Mawatha, Colombo-10. Registration is free but open to academia and employees of Sri Lanka’s IT and Knowledge Services Industry. SLASSCOM acts as a catalyst of growth of the Sri Lankan IT and BPO industry by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouragement of research and innovation, and by supporting the creation of a progressive national policy framework.