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SLIIT as PhD and MPhil Awarding Institute

Renowned as a world class higher education institute, SLIIT recently received the distinction of being recognized as a PhD and MPhil degree awarding body by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka. With 16 research based programmes to choose from in the fields of Engineering and Computing, SLIIT clearly places itself in a league of its own.
Recognition and ranking of a University is determined by its capability in research, which SLIIT has actively engaged insince its inception in 1999, becoming a formal activity offered through post graduate degree programmes post 2001. However, research became a formal activity through the post graduate degree programmes, which SLIIT started to offer from 2002.
“At SLIIT, we not only want to provide solutions and promote innovation, we feel we have a social responsibility towards contributing to the country’s economy as well as catering to student demands and needs. With the rising demand for PhD and MPhil programmes, we felt the logical step was to offer full time research opportunities and facilities for these students, equipping them with real-world skills like complex problem solving and innovative thinking, which ultimately drives the economy forward.” commented Prof. Kithsiri Liyanage, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) at SLIIT.
Commenting on the launch of the degree programmes, Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson of the National Science Foundation (NSF) said, “Today, scientific innovations and discoveries are in higher demand than ever before with the continuing development of the country. In the past, it was popular opinion that research waslargely thestate’s responsibility, and this led to low participation from non-state sectors anda slow growth in development. At present, Sri Lanka needs significant expansion in its scientific research to produce a tangible impact on socio-economic development. Thus, I see the launching of MPhil and PhD degree programmes in Computing and Engineering at SLIIT as a beginning of a new phase of research in this country. I believe that this launch and the recent recognition of SLIIT by the NSF for funding, have come at the perfect time to produce an excellent synergetic effect. I am looking forward to SLIIT’s contribution towards scientific innovation and discoveryin this country through the high quality research output expected from these postgraduate research degree programmes”.
A higher education institute is expected to not only disseminate knowledge but also to develop knowledge.

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