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ACCREDITED ENGINEERING DEGREES AT CINEC FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Can you give us basic details regarding the degree courses being offeredby the Engineering Faculty and about the establishment of CINEC?
CINEC was established in 1990 as the pioneer educational organization to train Sri Lankans to fill vacancies in the international maritime sector.
At present we are the leading training provider in the maritime sector. Later, CINEC opened up higher educational opportunities in the non-maritime sectors and introduced degree courses in various fields, such as Engineering, Management, IT and Aviation
In the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, we offer five Engineering degree programmes, in Civil & Construction Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering.
We are offering these degree programmes in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton, UK, which is a reputed university in the United Kingdom. The special significance of our degree programmes is that, the entire education of four years can be completed within this country and a recognized Engineering Degree from the United Kingdom can be obtained while remaining in Sri Lanka itself.
We also offer two Masters degrees in Structural Engineering and in Robotics & Automation, in collaboration with the University of Salford, Manchester, UK.
In addition, we do offer three Higher National Diploma programmes of Pearson, UK in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Also, we offer a Foundation programme, successful completion of which will give direct access to Engineering degree programmes.
What are the facilities that CINEC has, to enable students to complete these degree courses?
We have well qualified and trained permanent academic staff to carry out teaching. In addition, we obtain the services of Visiting Staff from the Industry and higher education sector for some specific modules.
CINEC has invested a large capital to establish Engineering Laboratories for all available specializations and to equip them with modern equipment required to deliver all modules in our degree programmes.
Annually, we are upgrading our labs to enable students to carry out research work related to their final year dissertation etc. Students do engage in their studies in a very conducive learning environment with fully equipped air-conditioned lecture halls, computer labs, workshops, library etc.
When recruiting engineering graduates, the Industry gives priority to those who fit into their work places with lesser training.
Our degree programmes are designed not only to provide theoretical knowledge, but also the practical skills and soft skills required to work in the Industry. Compulsory Industrial Training of six months duration and a module on “Skills for Work” are embedded to the curriculum for this purpose.

Further, we have invested on computer aided design, manufacturing and simulating software packages used in the engineering industry and embedded them into our engineering curriculum, so that our graduates get an advantage in the job market.
We have established another modern Simulation Lab, to strengthen this. Our objective is to produce Engineering Professionals, who will fit into the current engineering industry and also capable of driving the industry to higher levels in par with global trends.
Within CINEC there are a lot of opportunities for students to engage in extra curricula activities.
The swimming pool, gymnasium, facilities for different sports activities, inter-university competitions, social activities etc. contributes towards the overall development of our graduates who are sought after by the engineering industry of the country.
Can you explain the job opportunities that will be given to students studying your engineering degree courses at your institution?
CINEC maintains very close relationships with leading, reputed institutions of the engineering industryin Sri Lanka. All our undergraduate students have to undergo six months industrial training, prior to starting their final year.
Past records show that most of our engineering graduates were recruited by the organizations, where they underwent training. All our past graduates are holding responsible positions in the industry or engaged with their higher studies.
As an example, we had our 2017 Convocation at BMICH in July this year, where 112 Engineering Graduates obtain their awards and we are proud the all 112 graduates were employed when they attended the convocation.
In other words, finding suitable jobs in the industry was never been a problem for CINEC Engineering Graduates. We have made them “work ready”.
What are the future expectations of CINEC?
Among our future expectations we have given priority to obtaining approval from the Ministry of Higher Education, to offer our own engineering degree programmes. At the same time, we intend to provide safe hostel facilities to girls and boys who come to our institution from distant places in the island.
Even though CINEC is a non-state higher education provider, it is not an institution just to make profits. The surplus is re-invested to improve facilities provided to students.
Students and parents are most welcome to visit the CINEC campus at Millennium Drive, IT Park, Malabe, to feel the facilities available in the campus and obtain further information on the programmes of study. CINEC is the place for those looking for cost effective high quality higher education options, that endure knowledge, skill and competency.
Dr. Janaka Liyanagama, PhD Bridge Engineering, MSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering, Dean – Faculty of Engineering & Technology

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