BY: Roy Silva
Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), the pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka and the country’s premier IT and Business campus, is offering over 100 fully-sponsored scholarships to students through their InfoSchol programme.
InfoSchol, a brainchild of Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe – Founder and Chairman of the Informatics Group, provides talented students from across Sri Lanka the opportunity to obtain a 100% sponsored degree from the University of Westminster – UK while doing a full-time internshipat a leading organisation.
Applicants have access to a range of IIT degree programmes offered by the University of Westminster, UK. The programmes offered are the BEng (Hons) Software Engineering, BSc (Hons) Computer Science, BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems and BA (Hons) Business Management degree programmes. The degree programmes are part-time and will be 5 years in duration during which time IIT will assist the students to obtain placement in one of several reputed organisations in Sri Lanka that have partnered with IIT to offer job opportunities to all selected InfoSchol students throughout the entire duration.
InfoSchol students who complete their 5-year degree will make a saving of over Rs.1.7 milliondue to the zero costs in Registration Fees, Tuition Fees, University Fees and Exam Fees related to the degree. IIT will also offer a 3-month induction programme to all selected students before they commence the degree.
Additionally, during their 5 years of employment, they are assured of receiving a substantial allowance from the company while gaining valuable experience that is in line with the degree that they are pursuing. Once they graduate with 5 years of work experience, which will provide them with a significant advantage over those who have pursued full-time degrees, they will be well-positioned to obtain employment at a managerial level in any local or international company of their choosing.
Overall, at the end of the 5-year period, the student will enjoy a financial benefitof approximately Rs.6 million and will be geared to face the challenges of the business world of tomorrow.
IIT was established in 1990 as the first private higher education institute that awards reputed British degrees in the field of ICT and Business. IIT is an award-winning campus offering internal postgraduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Westminster, UK and Robert Gordon University, UK. IIT has played a pivotal role in strengthening the IT and Business sectors in Sri Lanka over the years by producing world-class graduates.
These graduates have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs and IT/Business professionals in both local and international corporate and government entities. Since its inception, IIT has produced thousands of graduates who have excelled in hundreds of organizations around the globe.
Sharing his vision for the InfoSchol programme, Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe stated, “Sri Lanka has an incredible amount of young talent when it comes to IT and Business but unfortunately due to the lack of opportunities, they are unable to come through and shine on the national and international stage. To tackle this problem, IIT came up with the InfoSchol programme several years ago to enable talented students to study what they love while gaining invaluable work experience and thereby get a headstart in their careers. It is a scholarship programme that takes care of all of a student’s study expenses while he or she can also earn an income and gain experience at the full-time internship. We have partnered with some of the top companies in the country and they are very excited about receiving IIT’s InfoSchol graduates into their companies.”
The minimum requirements for entry to the scholarship programme are G.C.E. O/L with Credit Pass for English and Maths and G.C.E. A/L with 3 passes in any stream. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2019. For more information,students can log on to www.iit.ac.lk / Admission / InfoSchol Scholarship or call 0112 360212 (Ext. 108), 077 820 9733, 076 820 9668.
nterested students can apply for the scholarship programme by filling the Online Application Form or by downloading the Application Form and emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing IIT under the title, ‘Infoschol 2019’, to Informatics Institute of Technology, No. 57, Ramakrishna Road, Colombo 06.
After an initial screening process, the most promising candidates will be invited to sit for an entrance examination and those who excel in it will be called for a series of interviews that help the panel of experts to select the final 100 candidates.