Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is calling for major reforms in the Higher Education system in Sri Lanka including the official recognition of privately run non-profit universities.
Wickremesinghe’s remarks came at today’s session of the Annual Academic Conference of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) being held at the BMICH in Colombo.
The Prime Minister, a former Minister of Education, proposed that the Government recognize and even funds privately run organisations who acted as Universities and were better or as good as public universities.
He also called on extensive reform to the way students entering the Universities are chosen and what curricula they follow. He said that there should be greater participation from the students.
He called on the Sri Lankan system to adapt. “We need to get into a system where Universities have relationships with industries, eventually carrying our research for them on a contract basis.”