Sri Lanka to revamp higher education with involvement with the private sector

State run universities and unregulated private institutions in Sri Lanka lack quality degree programmes. In most cases the degrees and diplomas on offer by private institutions are unrecognized and below international standards.

A new policy framework for higher education in Sri Lanka is on the cards to the address these issues. The Higher Education Policy Framework will include the private sector in what was previously a state run operation.

Sunday Times
A major deviation in the policy, from the present system, is to involve the privates sector, because we have to accept that the state cannot bear the burden of education alone. Or that we should restrict higher education to a few State universities,” said the Chairman of the National Education Commission (NEC), Prof. A. V. Suraweera speaking at a panel discussion during the launch of a new report by the World Bank on Sri Lanka’s higher education sector. The report is called ‘Towers of Learning; Performance, Peril and Prospects’.