By Harsha Udayakantha Peiris
The Sri Lanka-China Journalists’ Forum successfully hosted the second consecutive China Education Exhibition at the University of Colombo last week.
The exhibition was sponsored in collaboration with the China Education Council and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka.
Expressing views at the occasion, Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawarathne, Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, stated that China hads become the world’s number one global education provider.
He also said that the Chinese authorities would consider sending more Chinese students for higher education in Sri Lanka as the country is geared towards becoming the regional hub of education through its current socio-economic development process.
President of SLCJF Nalin Aponso speaking at the occasion stated that the exhibition would provide a unique platform for Sri Lankan students to find better and reputed educational partners in China to fulfil their higher educational requirements abroad.
“We hope that the Chinese university authorities would consider holding fruitful discussions with the Sri Lankan authorities to offer similar education facilities in Sri Lanka in the future,” he added.
More than 14 renowned Chinese universities of several disciplines of education participated at the two-day education exhibition, which was open free of charge to all local overseas education enthusiasts.
Since 2007, China has become the sixth largest country in hosting international students. The top 10 countries with students studying in China are Korea, Japan, USA, Vietnam, Thailand, Russia, India, Indonesia, France and Pakistan.
Councillor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka Han Tao, Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo Prof. Shanika Hiburegama, Deputy Secretary General of the China Scholarship Council Li Jianming, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education P. Ranepura, Secretary to the Deputy Minister of Higher Education H.D.W. Perera and a number of members of the Sri Lanka-China friendship associations were also present at the occasion.