The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) has partnered with Australia’s University of Queensland (UoQ) in a unique collaboration to pave the way for local students to access a globally ranked education programme through transfers to the world renowned campus.

This alliance will enable Sri Lankan students to secure globally recognised degrees in the business and engineering spheres by completing part of the curriculum in Sri Lanka and transferring to UoQ in Brisbane to complete these programmes.

SLIIT undertook this strategic initiative in a bid to offer students in Sri Lanka the opportunity to not only earn a globally re­cognised degree but also to experience life at a prestigious campus overseas, which will act as a major boost to nurturing young talent. It is hoped that this initiative will bring back prestige to the country one day.

The transfer option to UoQ is available to students pursuing Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degrees in civil, electrical and electronic or mechanical engineering at SLIIT. There is an opportunity to complete their first two years in Sri Lanka and the final two years in Australia.

Similarly, students who have elected to study business can complete Bachelor of Business Management, Commerce or Economics degrees with a year at the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and two years onsite at the UoQ campus.

The University of Queensland has been consistently ranked among the top universities in the world and is recognised for its strong focus on teaching excellence. It lays claim to having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) than any other campus in the country. Moreover, the university says it attracts Queensland’s highest academic achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

UoQ has been ranked 46th globally in the QS World University Rankings 2021, 51st in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 62nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 and 22nd in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019. In addition, the university was third among leading institutions in Australia for research output by the Nature Index 2020.

As testimony to the university’s commitment to exceptional academic, research and professional staff, UoQ received a four-star rating for student demand, staff qualifications, teaching resources and overall experience by The Good Univer­sities Guide 2020.

Furthermore, it recorded a score of 91 percent in overall international student satis­faction as measured by the Internatio­nal Student Barometer (ISB) 2018 and was rated above the world standard in 100 percent of broad research fields, according to Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment.

The university is recognised as one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions that strives for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge.

Apart from this, UoQ has built a solid reputation for producing graduates with leadership potential who forge impactful careers, contributing greatly to global commerce.

Students who earn degrees from the University of Queensland are considered to be assets to employees and highly sought after as professionals, due to their rigorous and diligent approach to work.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology’s partnership with UoQ will ensure that Sri Lankan students are offered this unique and advantageous position, as well as myriad opportunities, choices and support, to enable them to achieve their aspirations, become leaders in their chosen fields and positively impact society at large.