Established with the vision of providing guaranteed pathways for Sri Lankan students to enter into globally ranked top universities, Universal College Lanka (UCL) has a proven track-record with its internationally recognised Foundation programs for students after O/L’s (local or Edexcel/ Cambridge) who wish to fast-track to a degree program locally or internationally.
Upon successful completion of the UCL International Foundation Year (UIFY) program, students aspiring to pursue their higher education dreams here in Sri Lanka can follow four-year British Degree programs from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)or study overseas in other universities in UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia.
Speaking about the rationale and prospects of a Foundation Program,Dr. Dhananjay Kulkarni, Dean – UCL said, “Modern communication technologies have collapsed distance and time, while globalisation has condensed the barriers and borders. World has changed its ways where the speed has been adopted into each of our lifestyles, and to every activity. In a world with such fast-pace lifestyles, one’s success depends on how you set yourself apart, start early and equip yourself with the skills needed in the industry.
Expanding the opportunities for Sri Lankan students to gain international exposure and be qualified with a globally recognised Degree program, UCL has exclusively partnered with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) which is the 8th largest university in the UK having helped over 100,000 students from all walks of life to make the most of their potential and succeed in their life ambitions. In terms of overall student numbers, UCLan rests comfortably within the UK’s top 10 modern universities. The University has students and researchers from over 100 countries and has successfully established partnerships with 125 international institutions.
Speaking about the pathway for students completing the program, Mr. Thepul Ginige – Program Coordinator for UIFY said, “Our International Foundation Year is a globally recognised qualification, and provides the pathway for students to develop the skills and knowledge required to commence their undergraduate studies in selected disciplines at UCL – Business and Software Engineering.
With the successful completion of UIFY, students can directly enter to the 1st year of a Degree program offered by the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
The students will be able to pursue and complete all four years of the degree at our modern campus in Rajagiriya”.
The program emphasises on developing competencies in the English Language and Communication Skills with the focus of preparing students for higher studies in specialised disciplines, such as Computing and Business.
English language skills -The module aims to improve skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, enabling the student to acquire a broad range of knowledge which can be used to confidently and effectively communicate in English.Communication skills – Equips the student with the essential skills needed in studying for a degree program that include skills necessary to carryout independent research, write academic papers and to present their work in a formal setting.
Analytical &problem solving skills – Builds upon the knowledge of the student in the area of mathematics while introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines.
Subject specific skills(Electives based on chosen stream)These modules will form the basis for the destination degree. The UIFY offers specialisation subjects in Computing and Business
Explaining the delivery model, Mr Thepul Ginige said, “A University Foundation, as the name itself implies is a pre-university qualification which is ideal for students wanting to begin and speed up their higher education with the O/L qualification.
It is a stepping stone which provides the basis needed to succeed in university education, especially, for students who have identified their education and career aspirations early in consultation with their parents and mentors.”
Mr. Gihan Silva CEO of UCL added,“UIFY is the only internationally recognised UK Foundation program offered in Sri Lanka providinga wide choice of pathways to universities internationally as well as in Sri Lanka.
Upon successful completion, students may enter the 1st year of the BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering or BA (Hons) in International Business of the University of Central Lancashire at UCL.
Students may also transfer credits to ther universities in UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia that recognise the UIFY curriculum which has been prepared to meet international standards”.
For further information, visit the UCL campus located at 503, Sri Jayewardenepura Mawatha, Rajagiriya or contact 0774 110 000