• Last Update 2022-08-14 12:43:00

Sri Lanka prepares to pioneer $50Mn Ocean University


Sri Lanka’s state run job skilling apparatus, the Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET)  is now poised to receive its largest project funding in its history as once agreements are finalised, a US $ 50 million facility is set to spawn a fully-fledged Ocean University in Sri Lanka, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Vocational Training announced today. 

Along with the university also nine new hi-tech training facilities across the country, modelled on the lines of the ground-breaking and ultra-modern South Korean backed KTEC Training Centre unveiled in Orugodawatte as recently as 21 August, is to be set-up. 

“Today I met PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and we discussed how to create more modern TVET training centres in Sri Lanka. We decided to set up nine more new centres similar to recently launched Korea-Sri Lanka National Vocational Training Institute in Orgodawatte with South Koren funding. We thank the people of South Korea for this valuable support” said the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training (ICTPDPCDSDVT) Rishad Bathiudeen.

Joined by his State Minister Buddhika Pathirana, former President Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunge, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Karunatilleke Paranavithana, Minister of Transport Arjuna Ranatunga, HE South Korean Ambassador in Sri Lanka Heon Lee, and the Country Director of Colombo Representative Office of Korea Eximbank Daekyoo Park, Minister Bathiudeen was addressing the launch event of modernised Gampaha Technical College (GTC) in Gampaha. 

The GTC, launched exactly 20 years ago, has been modernised by a US $4.5 Mn South Korean loan funding which is part of the second phase of the two stage US $26 Mn project (the first stage was the Korea-Sri Lanka National Vocational Training Institute launched on 21 August in Orugodawatte). 

“We are also planning to set up a fully-fledged Ocean University at a cost of US $ 50 Mn. We will be able start work on it in the coming weeks. The Ocean University we have at present is not a fully fledged institution“ said Minister Bathiudeen and added: “A Sri Lankan industry study last year showed that 400000 new jobs will be available in Sri Lanka in the next three years in hotel, tourism and industry sectors. 

According to a study by the University of Colombo 58% of unfilled vacancies in Sri Lanka are in apparel sector 20% in food industry and 33% in other manufacturing sectors. Therefore the Skills Development and vocational training institutions under my Ministry we are working to address this situation.”

The modernised GTC, under Minister Bathiudeen, unveiled on 28 August, not only has hi-tech courses (such a mechatronics, CNC programming, and hydraulics), but includes several new buildings, eight tech labs equipped with Korean technology, two computer labs, a language lab, a modernised library, many ‘smart classrooms’ for the youth, and many brand new staff quarters as well, making GTC to be an ultra-modern training complex with so many modern  infrastructure, it even surpasses the outlook of some Sri Lankan Universities. Korean and Sri Lankan experts train the Gampaha youth in this facility who study upto NVQ level 6 in all courses including languages. All the enrolled youth study NVQ courses, upto the final level absolutely free of charge.


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