Almost 100 Sri Lankans are on their way to achieving a world-class education from Victoria University (VU), with the first cohort of students beginning the VU component of a joint education program with the National School of Business Management (NSBM).
The students have just entered the second year of their respective three-year degrees, marking an important transition from the first phase of the program, led by NSBM. They are studying towards degrees in two disciplines:
- Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance and Financial Risk Management dual majors)
- Bachelor of Information Technology (Web and Mobile Application Development major).
Under the 1+2 or 2+1 transnational education (TNE) arrangement, students have the option to complete the full VU degree at NSBM’s Green University Town in Homagama, Greater Colombo, or transfer to VU Melbourne for the remainder of their studies.
The students (pictured) were officially inducted into the VU component of the program at an orientation and enrolment session hosted by Ms Raquel Licciardi, VU’s Director of Learning and Teaching, earlier this month in Homagama.
VU TNE Director Rhys Williams said VU is the only Australian university to offer its degrees to NSBM students under the TNE model, which is delivered by highly qualified, industry-connected academics from both VU and NSBM.
He said both institutions are “looking forward to an excellent partnership that provides a cutting-edge program leading to excellent employment outcomes in Sri Lanka”.
“By having the option of completing a VU degree in their home country or here in Melbourne, Sri Lankan students not only have choice and flexibility, but the opportunity to obtain an international study experience at a top-ranking university in one of the world’s most liveable cities,” Mr Williams said.
“NSBM’s new green campus features some of the best facilities in South Asia, and we are confident that these students will be sought-after in the burgeoning finance and IT industries in Sri Lanka, and indeed globally, upon graduation next year,” he said.