Metropolia co-operating in education export in Sri Lanka

12.01.2017

University of Colombo; Professor Devaka Weerakoon, Professor Sumedha Jayanetti, Ms Kalhari Perera, Vice Chancellor Lakshman Dissanayake, Katri Luukka

HRMI: Ms Wathsala Nanayakkara & Katri Luukka

CINEC: Professor N Rajkumar, Dr. Capt. Nalaka Jayakody, Katri Luukka, Jari Olli

IIHS : Katri Luukka, Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Dr. Nihal De Silva

Metropolia UAS signed four distinctive Memorandums of Understanding on cooperation on a business trip to Sri Lanka in December 2016. The four different partners are Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC), Human Resource Management Institute (HRMI), International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) and University of Colombo.

Metropolia’s business services aims to identify opportunities to sell customized training, research, development and innovation (RDI) services as well as tailor-made degree programmes according to the customers’ needs in Sri Lanka. Metropolia was represented by Katri Luukka, Director, Business Solutions, Aija Ahokas, Manager, Education Export and Jari Olli, Head of Clean Technology Department.

The emphasis of the partnerships is on Clean Technology solutions as well as on Rehabilitation and Nursing.

Co-operation by implementing different business partnership models

In co-operation with the partners, an effective business partnership model will be applied through a variety of implementation methods: the customized training (continuing education from Diploma level to a Bachelor Degree, organized in Finland), the franchising model (training held in Sri Lanka) and a combined model, where the teaching is carried out both in Sri Lanka and over the network from Finland. In addition, a variety of funding opportunities are being studied to promote the partnerships.

At the initial stage, the partners have shown interest in the following degree programmes: Environmental Engineering, Health Business Management, Physiotherapy, Bioanalytics and Nursing.

Metropolia has a special interest towards Sri Lanka, as the country has a growing middle class interested in education and a fast developing economy. The citizens have a good knowledge of English language, and they have a long tradition in valuing the European education.

"We have built a confidential cooperation relationships in Sri Lanka, which form the basis of the future co-operation now. Our strengths are our extensive educational offering, our staff’s extensive, solid expertise and pedagogical know-how, as well as enthusiasm for developing new concepts. Furthermore, we have years of experience in English Degree Programmes”, says Director Katri Luukka.

During the next few months, the cooperation plans will be concretised, and the first students are scheduled to arrive in Finland in the autumn of 2017.

Foreign trade includes in addition to education sales, other products and services developed in the context of RDI (research, development and innovation) and education. Increasing foreign trade will bring much-needed new revenue streams for Metropolia. In addition, individual students outside the EU / EEA countries can apply for a paid education degree at Metropolia. The joint application for the English Degree Programmes is currently in progress, see details here.

Further information

Katri Luukka
Director, Business Solutions
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
katri.luukka@metropolia.fi
p. +358 40 573 6728


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