Raffles to invest $ 70 m in higher education institute

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Raffles Colombo, a unique education provider in Sri Lanka specialising in art and design, has entered into an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) to establish and build a higher education institute in Sri Lanka. In this connection, Raffles has committed to invest a sum of US$ 70 million in the project. In the meantime, an application has been made to the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka (MOHE) for degree awarding status to be granted to Raffles and the institute has thus far been granted in-principle approval in respect thereof. Raffles Colombo in its third year of operation offers advanced diploma courses that have been approved by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) of Sri Lanka – a statutory body established under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skill Development since March 2011. Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Gluc, Vice President of Raffles Colombo with a background of 22 years teaching and managing in the higher education industry in Poland and the USA, said: “Our commitment at Raffles Colombo is to afford our students a high quality education that provides our Graduates with a well-rounded hands-on learning experience that is relevant to the Sri Lankan and global industry.” “Raffles has continued its dedication to provide quality education with strict selection of academia on site,” said Associate Prof. Julie Ross, who has over 10 years of teaching experience and educational stints in England and Kenya. The Raffles academia team also includes the world-renowned Sri Lanka-born international fashion designer who dressed Hollywood stars such as Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Sandra Bullock, as well as Miss America 2008, Miss USA 2007 and many others in Asia. He has also been a creative advisor for many organisations in Sri Lanka. Dinesh has vast knowledge in fashion and experience in working at some of the world’s major fashion capitals such as London, Paris and Los Angeles has been an invaluable asset to the students. Raffles is located in the heart of Colombo city and offers state-of-the-art facilities for local and international students. The institute offers courses in fashion design, interior design, graphic design, multimedia design and fashion marketing and management. Raffles Colombo is a part of Raffles Education Corporation Limited which is the largest private education group in Asia-Pacific. Since establishing its first college in Singapore in 1990, the Group has grown to operate 33 colleges in 30 cities across 11 countries in Asia Pacific: Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. More than 21,700 students enrolled in Raffles Education Corp’s tertiary programs benefit from a quality education that provides graduates with a well-rounded hands-on experience relevant to the industry. With a heritage of close to 30 years, the Group has today three university-level institutions that are in Australia, China and Malaysia. These establishments are fully recognised as degree-awarding establishments in their respective countries having obtained the necessary approvals from their host countries and having complied with the quality assurance agencies in their respective countries.