Japan-based tech university opens in Maharagama
The Lanka Nippon BizTech Institute (LNBTI), a Japanese-based
technology university, opened its doors in Maharagama to an array of
The LNBTI is a partnership between two leading IT companies which
have international recognition and close ties with Japan, Metatechno
Japan, a company that specializes in developing embedded software for
electronics and computer device manufacturers around the world, and
hSenid International, an application and service provider for the
telecom, financial and enterprise markets.
Chairman of LNBTI, Koga Michio said, "For the past few decades IT has
been one of the more favoured professional qualifications in Sri Lanka
and across the world. Having realized the potential and capability of
Sri Lankan students especially in the field of ICT, we at LNBTI
facilitated this possibility in order to give these students an
opportunity to learn ICT skills according to necessary Japanese systems
and cultural norms."
The Ambassador of Japan, Kenichi Suganuma said that competition
strives quality and efficiency where opportunities for higher education
especially Japanese oriented IT education will pave the way for
"This higher education facility in Sri Lanka offering 2 degree
programs of Bsc in Software Engineering and Bsc in Information
Technology has further emphasized the need for higher education and
human development. The two countries have a cordial relationship and
this is a good time to enter in to joint venture initiatives," he said.
The government is working towards attracting FDIs and this is a
possibility due to the political stability in the country.
The government is developing infrastructure facilities and it will
support the economic and social development of the country, the
Deputy Chairman of LNBTI, Dinesh Saparamadu said, "After graduation,
our students will be able to utilize the advanced ICT knowledge in
practical industry fields and gain entry into new markets and actively
lead the industry. Students will also be able to make an active
contribution to the Sri Lankan ICT industry by expanding ICT related
contracts from Japan and expect an economic growth between the two
All courses at LNBTI are designed to fine-tune students through a
specialized IT related curriculum in order to ensure that its graduates
are well qualified and highly capable of working in any related job in
Japan or any other part of the world.
The LNBTI program which includes Software Engineering, Information &
Communication Technology and the Japanese language, takes three years to
complete after which students graduate with a diploma certificate along
with the possibility of continuing it up to a degree.
Along with their usual course work, students must sit for a Japanese
language proficiency test and a fundamental information technology
engineer exam in order to complete the course. This training program is
focused on improving four language skills namely reading, writing,
speaking, listening and it also hopes to provide thorough knowledge on
Japanese used in the corporate sector.
This program also targets the Japanese Language Proficiency Test - N2
level, which is an added qualification when one seeks employment in
Japan or enters into a Japanese university in order to pursue higher
One of the main advantages of studying at the LNBTI is the potential
of securing immediate employment opportunities in Sri Lanka, Japan and
other countries in the region. hSenid International too has offered to
provide several internship opportunities for the LNBTI students during
their final year of study.
This is possible due to the highly regulated Japanese quality
business culture courses and its Higher IT curriculum that has been
formulated to supply industry professionals to the Japanese and Sri