Six Sri Lankan universities upgraded to international standards

Feb 08, Colombo: Sri Lankan government’s efforts to improve higher education had been paid off when six universities in the country were ranked among the top 100 universities in South Asia.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne has said that according to the international grading of universities six universities of Sri Lanka have been upgraded. They were Colombo, Peradeniya, Sri Jayewardenepura, Jaffna, Rajarata and the Open University.

However, according to the Secretary the Ruhunu, Sabaragamuwa and Moratuwa universities have suffered a setback.

However the Top 100 in South Asia in the 2012 Ranking Web of World Universities placed Colombo University in the top at 8th place and ranked Peradeniya University at 23rd followed by University of Moratuwa at 50th, University of Sri Jayewardenepura at 61st and University of Kelaniya at 98th. Jaffna, Rajarata and the Open University were not among the top 100.

The Secretary said it is the objective of the Higher Education Ministry to upgrade local universities to international standards by next year and the President has allocated 600 million rupees for that purpose.

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