A historic agreement between the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT and the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (KDU) was signed in January.
The agreement for a foreign accredited body to partner with a leading state university is the first of its kind to receive Cabinet of Ministers approval. This became the first BCS organizational membership during the BCS operation in Sri Lanka for over 20 years.
Defense University Vice-Chancellor General Sir John Kotelawala, Major General Millinda Peiris, said: “The historic agreement with BCS is one of the prestigious partnerships we have been looking forward to. In this digital age, computer education is of paramount importance, and this agreement will allow our staff and students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to enrich their careers.
The organizational member benefits of this agreement are extensive and members have access to several resources that can enhance skills and knowledge, mentoring and discounted training opportunities, access to SFIA plus knowledge of the industry, webinars, workshops and joint activities.
The agreement also provides for membership fees for academic staff of the Faculty of Computer Science.
FOC Dean, KDU, Dr. Asela Gunasekara said, “KDU will benefit from many opportunities to enhance the professional skills of the university’s academic community through this partnership. Members of the Faculty of Computer Science will gain a network with professionals to examine different dimensions of computer science research.
BCS Regional Manager, Deepashika Gunasekara said, “This historic agreement with KDU is just the start of what we hope will be a successful partnership in the future. This is an important step in broadening the spectrum of higher education in Sri Lanka. We look forward to opening our doors to KDU faculty and students.”
BCS Director of Memberships, Holly Porter, said, “This partnership opens the doors to many possibilities in the future. Being the first of its kind, it paves the way for other institutions to come together and raise the bar for the quality of higher education provision in Sri Lanka.