Sri Lankan engineers can now take UK degree qualifications in their own country, with the launch of the revamped UK Graduate & Postgraduate Diplomas in Engineering in July this year.
The diplomas have been developed for people who are in training or already employed in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering, providing both theoretical and practical skills.
Until recently the EC Council UK conducted the exams, which were delivered to over 1000 Sri Lankan students every year. When the EC council discontinued the programme, local engineering bodies felt they needed to take the initiative to ‘fill the void’, according to Ranmal Godigamuwa, Business Development Manager at City & Guilds.
‘City & Guilds Sri Lanka was able to provide the technical know-how to develop this qualification locally as we work closely with the engineering bodies in the country,’ explains Godigamuwa.
The qualifications, which offer a flexible way of learning, are the first product developed outside the UK for City & Guilds. With 300 students already due to take the exams next year, the Graduate Diploma in Engineering is set at the standard of the final (third) year of a British BEng (Honours) degree course. The Postgraduate Diploma is equal to the final year of a British MEng degree course.
Education is a significant part of the Sri Lanka-UK relationship; around 7,000 Sri Lankans study in the UK annually, while thousands acquire UK qualifications through accredited organisations based in Sri Lanka.
As for the future, Godigamuwa is excited about the possibilities: ‘We are currently translating some of the 3000 hair and beauty awards to local languages to make our qualifications more accessible to the masses.’