Colombo, Sri Lanka: Having over 270 young men and women conferred with qualifications from one of Australia’s most prestigious universities is surely a cause for celebration for Nawaloka College of Higher Studies, which held its third graduation recently. Under the aegis of Minister of the State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne who was Chief Guest, Special Guest Acting Australian High Commissioner Tim Huggins and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Swinburne University of Science & Technology David Coltman, graduates following the Business and Science Engineering Foundation courses, as well as Business, IT and Engineering Diploma graduates proudly accepted their qualifications at a gala ceremony recent. By February, they will all commence their second year of studies at the SUT at the campuses in Australia or Malaysia. 18 scholarships were awarded to high performing students to attend SUT, while 15 were felicitated with Top Awards, in recognition of their academic prowess. It’s a double celebration for NCHS given the record number of 270 graduates being conferred with their qualifications, the highest since inception.
As Minister Wickramaratne stated in his address, “Private tertiary education has a vital role to play in educating Sri Lanka’s youth. It provides a variety of qualifications that would otherwise be unavailable to many Sri Lankans. Higher education is no longer optional for young people and meeting its growing demand is a challenge.” He congratulated NCHS for making a good quality education available to more young people saying it was a great service to this country.
Chairman of NCHS Jayantha Dharmadasa augmented the Minister’s words by stating that NCHS has always endeavoured to support the government in developing bright young people who will take the mantle of development forward. “We are proud to have been an active contributor to the country’s knowledge based economic growth through our education system. At a time when there is a great demand for higher quality education which meets challenging global competition NCHS has taken many steps in fulfilling this macro national agenda.”
Commending both SUT and NCHS for successfully delivering a world class qualification from Australia, Tim Huggins reflected on the young people’s commitment to academics, saying, “You have demonstrated ability and readiness to acquire the knowledge and skills that will enhance your career prospects and prepare you for new challenges.” David Coltman added to the Special Guest’s thoughts, stating, “At Swinburne we encourage our students to embrace the notion that we are all learners for life. Your graduation will not represent an end-point to your educational adventures.”
NCHS is a venture of the highly reputed diversified conglomerate Nawaloka Holdings, which has a strong presence in the Hospital, construction, manufacturing, trading, lubricant and aviation sectors. Focusing on delivering excellence in education with the highest international standards, reflected in the prestigious university qualifications offered via a distinguished faculty via a modern state of the art learning facility with a supportive study environment, NCHS has inked partnerships with Swinburne University Australia and California State University Monterrey Bey, USA and due to high demand, has a regional office in Kandy to facilitate central province inquiries from the central province. Collaborating with SUT, NCHS offers diplomas in Business, IT, Engineering and Health Science and Foundation programmes in Business Engineering.
Swinburne University of Technology offers sixty bachelor degrees through a range of pathway programs and is ranked as one of the world’s top 400 universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, confirming its place among the top 3% of universities in the world and top 3 universities in Melbourne. It remains at the forefront of science, technology and innovation providing students with practical and industry-oriented program with the focus of increasing employability potential.