With over 3,000 graduates that are currently empowering over 250 multinational and local blue-chip companies, the Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) is renowned for producing innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Nethmi Venu Jayawardena is an all-round graduate from IIT, who has achieved much success following graduation. Nethmi is currently employed as an Associate Quality Assurance Engineer at iTelaSoft (Pvt) Ltd, which is a leading software development agency providing advanced solution design, development and cloud engineering services. Following are excerpts of an interview with Nethmi:
Can you give a brief introduction to yourself?
My name is Nethmi Venu Jayawardena. I am the only child in my family. My father is a Chartered Civil Engineer passed out from the University of Peradeniya and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Moratuwa and Vrije Universiteit, Brussel. My mother holds a B.Ed. from University of Colombo.
Let us know a bit of your school education.
I studied at Musaeus College, Colombo 7 from Lower Nursery to Advanced Levels in Maths stream. Apart from my academic work, I used to be a member of the percussion band, junior western band as well as the primary band. Being a member of the badminton team led me to achieve junior colours for the sport, also being a prefect from primary to junior and senior levels was indeed a blessing I received from mother Musaeus.
What made you decide you follow your higher education at IIT?
The opportunity to complete a specialised Degree in Computer Science via a Foundation pathway that has worldwide recognition, was my primary reason. Having enquired from corporate giants of the recognition and preference given to graduates of IIT, my parents and I realised that the programs offered at IIT would open doors to new vistas of life to me with endless opportunities.
How was your student life and experience like at IIT?
The student life at IIT was very interesting and satisfying. Students are expected to meet the challenging task of working hard and completing assignments on time.
The group assignments, sports and extra-curricular activities strengthen friendships among students and prepare the groundwork for working in teams which is essential when stepping in to the industry.
How has IIT shaped you for corporate success?
The contents of the course are of very high standard and relevant. The one year internship provides necessary training for IIT graduates to work in the industry with confidence. Group assignments, sports and extra-curricular activities promoted by IIT during the undergraduate period build team spirit and enhance leadership qualities of students, which are very helpful when working in the corporate sector.
Can you describe the support you received from the staff and the faculty of IIT?
The staff has always been very supportive in our studies. I especially recall the extra help and advice rendered to me by the academic and the non-academic staff when I fell ill during an exam time in my foundation year.
What are your fondest moments at IIT?
My undergraduate life was full of pleasant experiences. First of such was when I completed the Foundation Course with a distinction. Recognition of my 1st Class Honours I earned with the UOW Award for Outstanding Achievements for my all-round performance was indeed a crowning moment.
What are your reasons for recommending IIT to other students?
As a student, you must pursue a course which has global demand. You must also choose a well-recognised institute to study the course.
Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) which is affiliated to the University of Westminster, UK, is in the forefront of your choices as its degree programs are of very high standards with an assurance of job security as the corporate sector shows high preference in absorbing IIT graduates. IIT conducts internal postgraduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Westminster (UOW), UK, and the Robert Gordon University. The University of Westminster degrees offered at IIT are Software Engineering, Business Information Systems, Business Management and Computer Science with specialisation pathways.
IIT is an award winning campus, which has bagged many accolades for innovation in local and international competitions, such as Microsoft Imagine Cup, National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA), APICTA, British Council-HSBC Youth Enterprise Award and e-Swabhimani.
With its strong international affiliations, outstanding resources and focus on quality higher education, IIT is without a doubt an ideal place for students to follow world renowned IT and Business degrees.
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