University of Canterbury, New Zealand to establish presence in Sri
The University of Canterbury New Zealand, ranked within the top 200
in the world, will be one of the first Universities to offer its
programs in Sri Lanka under the Government’s invitation to leading
International Universities to offer their services in the country.
Minister of Higher Education, S. B.
Dissanayake, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce,
University of Canterbury, Professor Nigel Healey, Consul for
New Zealand, Senaka Silva, Secretary, Higher Education, Dr.
Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne, Director Gateway Dr. Harsha Alles,
and Head, Gateway Graduate School Michael Dobson, at the
signing of the MoU.
The University of Canterbury, established in 1873 by scholars of
Oxford and Cambridge, has gained international reputation for academic
excellence in teaching and research.
Its first (undergraduate) and higher (postgraduate) programs are
recognised worldwide, and aim to foster intellectual independence,
critical thinking, and professional excellence in every field. Teaching
and supervision up to PhD level is available in every discipline.
The University offers programs in Arts (Humanities and Social
Sciences) Commerce (Business and Economics), Education (including
teaching), Engineering, Fine Arts, Forestry, Law, Music, Science, Social
Work, Speech and Language Therapy and Sport Coaching.
The University community currently comprises 17,000 students and an
academic staff of 850.
Having studied the Sri Lankan education market, the University of
Canterbury, decided to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with Gateway, a leading eduction provider in Sri Lanka. Structured
articulation agreements providing pathways for study at the University
of Canterbury in New Zealand are to be developed.
This new venture will initially see the establishment of a new City
Campus in Colombo The programs are expected to commence in February 2012
and will include BE (Hons) Engineering (Electrical & Electronic,
Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer, Civil, Natural
Resources, Forest and Chemical & Process Engineering), BSc Science
majors (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science) and
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource
Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management,
Management Science and Operation Management, Marketing, Strategy and
Entrepreneurship, Taxation & Accounting).