UCL (Universal College Lanka), the premier higher education institute in Sri Lanka is partnered with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK, to offer an Internal British Degree in Software Engineering to those students who wish to graduate from a reputed UK university while residing in Sri Lanka.
UCLan is a prestigious university, which celebrated its 190th Anniversary in 2018. Since it is ranked 67th (Guardian University Guide 2018), UCLan is regarded as one of the Top UK Universities for Entrepreneurs. It is also the first UK modern Higher Education institution to appear in the QS World University Rankings and is currently ranked in the Top 3.7% of all universities worldwide. During the 190 year journey, UCLan has graduated over 100,000 students from all walks of life to make the most of their potential and succeed in their life ambitions. The same promise has been extended to students in Sri Lanka.
The Software Engineering Team at UCL has shared key insights into why the UCLan Software Engineering degree program is the best choice for aspiring students in Sri Lanka. Students in the program have done exceedingly well, with 100% pass rates and high average marks across all modules taught.
Apart from their regular coursework, students are also involved in learning activities beyond the classroom which has helped this program to succeed and groom students to face the world.
The program is designed to meet the industry needs, and with these insights, it set the program apart for others in the market. Priced approximately at Rs. 1.6 million, students may enter the degree program after A-Levels, or after O-Levels by completing a Foundation Program, or also upon completion of Pearson BTEC qualification, such as Higher National Certificate/Diploma.
Key Insights – UCLan Software Engineering degree at UCL
- This is an internal degree; which means students get the graduation certificate directly from UCLan, UK as if they studied in UK. UCL is the exclusive partner to deliver the entire UCLan degree in Sri Lanka.
- The Software Engineering program develops students into an all-around student, ready to do any type of job in the fast-changing IT industry
- Year 1 is about learning fundamentals, including C++, C#, SQL, MIP App inventor
- Year 2 includes advanced modules focussing on Software Engineering, Security and Mobile App Development, C# or Java
- Year 3 is an Internship Year – no classes, students need to work in an industry
- Year 4 focussed on Advanced Software Development, Wireless Networking or Data Science, and a Final Year Project where students develop and implement an individual project
- The curriculum is more application (or practical) oriented to help graduates find jobs quickly
- The internship year is important and presents unique opportunity to students to get industry experience and apply things into practice. Some internship positions that student could consider include Testing or QA, Entry level Programer, Entry level Web/App developer, Analyst, GUI designer/developer
- Each student would be developing strong skills in below areas, and would focus on their own passion / strengths for possible high-paying careers in the IT industry: Programing and Software Design, Computer Networking and Security, Mobile Application Development, Data Analysis
- Since IT is a fast changing industry, our graduates will be able to adapt quickly to any new technology and be able to secure good jobs in top Sri Lankan and multi-national companies due to the diverse skill set that the students will develop while studying at UCL Continued on page
Dr. Dhananjay Kulkarni, Dean of Academic Affairs had the following to say about the lecturers, facilities and the support provided to students at UCL. “Lecturers at UCL are hired after a rigorous interview process and hence, from day 1, all students receive the best possible support and guidance in the classroom.
We also ensure that students who need additional guidance are supported through additional classes or tutorials to improve their basic knowledge. We do not compromise on the facilities and library support available to student.
We are also committed to having small class sizes and using modern teaching and learning techniques that enable close guidance to students and enhance the student learning experience.
Due to the ‘student-first’ approach we have adopted from top-to-bottom levels in the organisation, we consider student feedback and suggestions equally important for improving our services at all levels. Such transparency and effective ways of engaging with our students and parents has created a very positive environment for students to study and for our staff to work at UCL.”
Ms. Kaleeka Ekanayake, Program Coordinator added that, “UCLan students are enjoying the experience at UCL. Apart from doing well in their coursework, they are involved in competitions, extra-curricular activities and sports.
They are slowly developing into future IT leaders. Students come from various international schools and local schools, but when they are at UCL, they are like one family, and they work hard to support each other to succeed.
In fact, one group recently took part in theHackaDev – the island-wide Social Entrepreneurship competition co-organised by UNDP and WHO, and they won the competition after beating other university teams.
They are on their way to developing an innovative Mobile App solution to address mental illness in Sri Lanka.
Many such success stories will follow in the coming years due to the strong commitment shown by the lecturers and willingness of students to learn, work hard, and also enjoy college life!.”
Dilmi Kottachchi (past pupil of Lyceum International School and currently in the 2nd year of the Software Engineering program) led the HackaDev competition group. She had the following to say about studying at UCL. “I believe, UCLan degree at UCL will sharpen and improve the professional skills needed to succeed in the IT field”. She and the rest of the group are members of the Champion Team of the HackaDev competition.