“Being able to program code is the closest thing we humans have to a super power” says American entrepreneur Drew Houston, CEO of DropBox (an online backup and storage service). Drew emphasizes how software is part and parcel of our everyday lives, and that tech companies are revolutionizing lifestyles in the world from how we shop, to how we farm.
Learning to program code for software would be the first step to be able to play in that universetransformingredefined lifestyles.
UCL (Universal College Lanka) has partnered with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan),
UK which celebrates its 190th Anniversary this year, to offer anInternal British Degree in Software Engineering to those students who wish to graduate from a reputed UK universitywhile residing in Sri Lanka. UCLan is currently ranked 67th (Guardian University Guide 2018) and 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 percent of all universities worldwide.
The UCLanBSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree is an endeavor to make learning of programming to be fun while producing creative problem solvers in the makingfor the industry challenges ahead. In an era where society considers programming to be a difficult subject domain, the learning experience at UCL strives to make a difference. The small classroom and laboratory setupprovides a supportive environment for learning programming where students get individual attention from their lecturers, which in turn builds the rapport between students and lecturers as well. It is best of both worlds when there is a supportive faculty that is also highly qualified and competent comprising of lecturers who possess at least a MSc/MBA or PhD/ Reading for PhD in their respective fields of expertise and have several years of experience teaching in many reputed degree programmes including Monash. It is worth noting that 80% of UCL lecturer panel are in-house full-time lecturers who are always available to facilitate UCL students.
“The UCLan Software Engineeringdegree is designed with the end in mind targeting its Software Engineering graduates to be placed in reputed companies in the Sri Lankan software industry. The UCLan Software Enigneering degree envisions to produce a holistic Software Engineering personality equipped with the necessary skills and competencies for the emerging industry” stated UCL’s Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Dhananjay Kulkarni. The encapsulated modules give practical exposure to a variety of programming languages, systems analysis and database design, console, desktop, web, mobile and enterprise application development and other modules related to Software Engineering discipline. As for hands-on learning, all software engineering module project coursework cover the phases of the complete Software engineering cycle from requirement gathering, to system analysis and design, implementation of system software and finally testing the developed piece of software.
The specialty is that this exposure in working on projects is given to the students from their very first semester from the first year through to the final year.
This incremental learning experience builds up the students’ learning every semester/year moulding them into SE practitioners-in-the-making, where they have engaged and building useful applications through the course of the degree.
Taste of industry
UCL believes in bringing industry to classroomthrough Tech talks and industry visits.
Tech talks comprise of workshops and sessions on various technical topics, technology and emerging trends conducted by industry specialists. One of the key features of the UClan Software Engineering sandwich degree option is the industry placement year a student will take up in between second and the final fourth year.
This will be a key value-addition to their resumes since having one-year industry experience in the chosen domain would give a competitive edge to those who complete this industry placement year, in comparison to a graduate without any work experience. Furthermore, any company would give their preference to hiring their own intern who has gone through their own training, culture and work procedures. Another value addition of taking up this industry placement year would be the Final Year Project (FYP) quality which would be boosted to higher standards, due to their industry exposure and more focused technical domains and frameworks they would want to research or base on. The undergraduates are prepared for the industry environment from the teamwork culture, working on deadlines and project presentations and viva on top of the full Software Engineering cycle they run each of their projects.
It is such that the UCLan Software Engineering degree is designed to deliver a variety of competencies as required by a typical Software Engineering professional in the industry, within a practitioner-approach learning environment, thereby producing committed learners and efficient problem solvers as Software Engineering graduatesentering the corporate world, said Ms. Kaleeka Ekanayake, Programme Coordinator – UCLan.
If you are a student or parent who believes in this approach of teaching and campus experience call us on 0774 11 00 00 to know how you can begin your journey to ‘Greatness’ with a UCLan Degree in Sri Lanka.
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