ANC Education celebrated its 17th Annual Graduation Ceremony and Awards Night held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on July 19. Over 524 ANC graduands went on stage to receive their certificates that signified the culmination of hard work, actualisation of their goals and sheer commitment to reach this remarkable milestone in their lives.
The atmosphere of pride, happiness and excitement prevailed as hundreds of students were felicitated; 250 MBA, LLM and MSc, 110 U.S/Canadian University Transfer and Degree completion and over 100 B.A Top-up and Advanced Diploma students. Ms. Shiromal Cooray, Chairman and Managing Director of Jetwing Hotels and Travels, graced the Graduation and Awards Night as the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker. The special invitees also included Dr. Mamiko Reeves -Assistant Vice President and Dean of International Programs at Northwood University, Dr. Suresh Gamlath- Dean of the Business School of the University of West London and the Board of Directors of ANC Education, as well as parents that graced this special day.
Sharing her views, Ms. Shiromal Cooray said, “I would like the young minds of this country to become the future leaders that drive businesses, create more jobs and, as entrepreneurs, to become fountainheads of commercially relevant ideas that will make a difference to the economy and the country. ANC’s method to educating youth with the standards of a global education is the kind of forward thinking we need, to be the visionary leaders of our nation.” She said that she was delighted to be invited as the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker for the ANC Graduation and Awards Night.
ANC Education, true to its motto ‘Learn to Lead’, is Sri Lanka’s #1 transnational university education provider and the pioneers of U.S Education in the country. ANC Education, since its inception in 2002, made it their mission to provide the highest quality of international education programs for Sri Lankan youth. ANC has collaborated with over 160 recognised foreign universities, producing overwhelming success to more than 6000 accomplished local graduates now at the top of their careers. ANC offers multi-disciplinary higher education programs in partnership with the U.S, Canadian, Australian, German and British universities for undergraduate, postgraduate, Top-Up, Advanced Diploma, Foundation and Professional education, cementing ANC’s unmatched reputation for offering high quality education.
ANC Graduation and Awards Night awarded the top candidates for their outstanding achievements under our diverse educational programs that produced over 250 graduands for Master of Law (LLM), Master of Science(MSc) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) of the University of West London(UWL), 110 from Northwood University and SUNY Empire State College for Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelors of Science in Psychology (BSc) respectively, and over 100 with Bachelor of Arts(BA) from UWL and Advanced Diploma from Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA). Graduands fetting transfers to the U.S and Canada after successfully completing 1 to 2 years at ANC have been accepted to top universities like York University, University of Waterloo, Windsor University, University of Victoria, SUNY Oswego and many others, who were also recognised and felicitated on this day.
The Best Achievement Awards of 2018-2019 were presented to Shelin De Silva Guruge of Northwood University, and the Best Achievement Awards from the University of West London were awarded to Fathima Farha Mohamed Firdhouse and Yohan Hso Shi Tsung of the Master of Business Administration Program, Sidath Gajanayaka for the Master of Law, International Studies in Intellectual Property Law, Nihara Mary Perera of the Master of Law, Business and Commercial Law, Thanuja Karunananda of the Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies and Dushika Soundararajan of the Master of Science Clinical and Health Psychology.
Dr. Jagath Alwis, the Chairman of ANC Education said, “when we first began, our goal was to be the prime provider of US education in Sri Lanka; fast forward to today and we have made even greater strides by partnering with many more internationally acclaimed universities in over 15 strategic locations globally.
As we have grown, our aim has been to offer students more diversity and a range of options to choose the ultimate career that fits both their vision and innate talent”.
The highest quality of foreign education is now more accessible to eager bright prospects looking to make their mark on the world, and as this batch of graduates set sail on their career pathways, I know they will inspire the next generation of leaders”.
Dr. Punarjeewa Karunanayake, the CEO and Executive Director of ANC stated that, “ANC strives to create young leaders that will influence their sectors and develop the mindset that no job is too big, embracing the spirit that there really is ‘no limit’ and understand that what drives us forward is our insatiable need to learn, grow and know what’s around and beyond us.
It is truly our guiding ethos and allows us to always expand our program offerings which we have done throughout the past years. Our goal is to continue to innovate, integrate and ideate through an array of study options that are tailor-made for the future marketplace ensuring that our students are set forgreatness.
Dr. Suresh Gamlath- Dean of the Business School of University of West London said, “It has been a momentous year for the University of West London (UWL). We join in celebrating the achievement of more than four hundred UWL graduates in Sri Lanka this year.
The University has been voted the top modern university in London for overall satisfaction in the influential National Student Survey 2019 and has formally launched the Westmont Enterprise Hub in a major boost for regional start-up businesses, linking entrepreneurs with investors, business advisors and University expertise.
UWL continues its commitment to teaching excellence attaining a Silver rating in the UK’s Teaching Excellence Framework, and boasts one of the highest employability rates among graduates”. Dr. Mamiko Reeves -Assistant Vice President and Dean of International Programs at Northwood University shared that, “Northwood University is delighted to partner with ANC providing US education in Sri Lanka for the last 15 years.
We congratulate students who are graduating from NU program today and will be joining alumni network of 60,000 across the globe. NU is committed to fulfill our mission to develop future leaders of a global free-enterprise society. We are proud that 34% of our graduates start their own business within 5 years of their graduation as it highlights the focus of our education encouraging students to be entrepreneurial, courageous and innovative with strong integrity. We are excited for our graduates to flourish in respective industries and make positive impact for this world.”
Ms. Margaret Curran, International Regional Manager for South Asia at SQA, said: “I congratulate all the students graduating today from the American Education Centre with SQA Higher National Diplomas.
These qualifications have real currency and recognition that allow graduates to articulate to higher education institutions around the world. Graduates with SQA qualifications have valuable, sought-after skill sets that set them apart from their contemporaries; each graduate is work-ready and prepared to make a successful transition onto the top-up year of an undergraduate degree.
I congratulate each and every graduate on their achievements today, and wish them all the very best for their future.”
“There is no need to look outside for heroes as we see them right here among us and we each have the potential to make an inspiring contribution by alwaysbeing true to our values and committing ourselves to achieving even greater goals for our future,” said valedictorian Shinal Peter Perera of Northwood University.
The ANC Graduation Ceremony and Awards Night 2019 reached a successful conclusion.
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