NCHS launches globally recognised degree pathways from Swinburne Uni.
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00
Nawaloka Holdings, a leading conglomerate with a strong presence across the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, trading and aviation sectors, further expanded their operations into education by launching Nawaloka College of Higher Studies (NCHS).
NCHS commenced their operations in Sri Lanka by signing an MOU with Swinburne, one of Australia’s most prestigious universities. Speaking of this venture, NCHS CEO and Executive Director Victor Rajeevan stated that offering top quality education was the key mission behind the launch of NCHS. “We wanted to give students in Sri Lanka the chance to gain degrees from top ranked universities that is accepted by employers the world over. We believe this will pave the right pathway for great careers, which in turn will benefit the industries they serve and the country at large. It will also help us contribute effectively to the Government’s endeavour to becoming an international hub for excellence in higher educationby 2020.”
He also explained their motive in choosing to partner with Swinburne University of Technology by saying, “It is ranked among the top 3% of universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. In addition, The Good Universities Guide has awarded very high ratings for Swinburne’s teaching quality, overall graduate satisfaction and research intensivity. Incidentally, Swinburne is also the only Australian university invited to be a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).”
NCHS offers two Swinburne University Pathway programs for Sri Lankan students. The first of these is the Swinburne Foundation Studies program, which is designed specifically with the aim of preparing and enabling students to meet university entry requirements. Students can apply with their O/Level results for this program and upon completion commence their Bachelor’s degree at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia or Malaysia. This will give them the added option of gaining fast tracked entry to their university degree in just eight months.
The second Pathway program offered is the Swinburne UniLink (Diploma) program, which is equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor’s degree. Students who have received their A/Level results or have completed the Swinburne Foundation program can apply for this UniLinkDiploma, which they can pursue in Business, Engineering or IT streams. Successful completion of this will provide them guaranteed entry to the second year of their Bachelor’s degree at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia or Malaysia.
Outlining the courses available, Rajeevan said, “These Pathway programs will provide access to over 60 Bachelor’s Degrees at Swinburne University of Technology in the Business, Engineering and IT streams. For example, a student pursuing a Swinburne Pathway program in Business will have a wide choice of options when selecting their Swinburne degree program. These would include accounting, finance, advertising, marketing, public relations and human resources management, to name a few.”
“Similarly, the Swinburne Pathway programs in Engineering will provide access to a degree in a wide choice of engineering fields, such as civil and mechanical engineering, electronics and computer systems, robotics and mechatronics,” Rajeevan further explained.
Pointing out their teaching methodologies, Rajeevan stated that their well experienced academic faculty comprised of both international and local industry experts headed by Swinburne Directors of studies based in Sri Lanka for both Business and Engineering streams. They will follow the same syllabuses and methods of delivery and evaluation as the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
He also said that those who have completed the business related bachelor degree can establish successful careers in accounting, commercial law, human resources, international business, and marketing. Graduates of an IT related bachelor’s degree can progress into careers in internet systems and software development, database administration, network security, systems, analysis or web design. Those who have completed an engineering related bachelor’s degree could gain employment in a wide range of areas such as project management, project design and project planning and research.
Rajeevan went on to say that NCHS offered state of the art facilities for their students on par with international standards, which include a purpose-built engineering laboratory, a moderncomputer lab and an extensive library with ample parking facilities for students and parents.
He concluded by saying, “Swinburne is a globally recognised and highly ranked Australian university, and we at NCHS are very proud to offer Pathway programs from a university of this caliber to our students in Sri Lanka.”