Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
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ශ්රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ ආයතනය
இலங்கை தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம்
Malabe (Main campus)|
Colombo (Metropolitan campus)
The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (Sinhalese: ශ්රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ ආයතනය; Tamil: இலங்கை தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம்) (also known as SLIIT) is a private institute in Sri Lanka specializing in technology, engineering and business. It is an autonomous non state institute in Sri Lanka, awarding undergraduate and taught- and research postgraduate degrees. It has two campuses and four regional centres, the main campus being based in Malabe and a Metropolitan Campus in Colombo. Current enrollment is approximately 7000 in total.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Governance
- 4 Faculties and schools
- 5 Academics
- 6 Controversies
- 7 Rankings
- 8 Sport
- 9 See also
- 10 Further reading
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Lalith Athulathmudali originally acquired the 25 acre land where SLIIT stands today in the 1980s in the expectation of building a Technological University and the headquarters of the Mahapola Trust Fund. Minister of Commerce Kingsley Wickramaratne and Richard Pathirana would eventually use the land for establishing SLIIT.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology was established in 1999 by incorporation under the Companies Act of 2007 as a nonprofit company by guarantee (registration number GL 24) with the ability to award Bachelor of Science degrees following amendments to the Universities Act the same year, thus gaining recognition from the University Grants Commission. SLIIT was established primarily to educate and train information technology professionals.
Initially limited to the fields of information technology and computing, in 2007 SLIIT expanding into new fields of study. These include electronic engineering and business management in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University. SLIIT also expanded its presence from Colombo and its suburbs to other parts of the country, by establishing centres in Kandy and Matara, making SLIIT accessible in six locations. Presently, SLIIT operates two campuses - the Colombo Metropolitan Campus at Kollupitiya, and the Malabe Campus, with centres in Matara, Kandy, Jaffna and Kurunegala with an undergraduate student population of over 7,000. A further 1,000 students follow master's degree Programmes, Postgraduate Diploma and other Professional Development Programmes.
In 2011, SLIIT established its faculty of business after it was accredited by the UGC to award Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Human Capital Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing Management, Quality management and Management Information Systems.
This was following in 2012, with the establishment of the Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM); the first internationally recognised school for tourism and hospitality management in Sri Lanka. The project is a joint venture of SLIIT, Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM), and William Angliss Institute of Australia. It has been developed in line with international standards, housing a multi-use training kitchen, a full-scale banqueting facility, training restaurant, model bedrooms, an IT training centre and team rooms for students' practical training to prepare students for the degree of Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management.
The faculty of engineering was formed in 2013, with it awarding its own Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees and master's degrees from partner universities such as Curtin University and Sheffield Hallam University. The SLIIT Computing was established as a privately managed subsidiary of SLIIT in Kollupitiya to further expand undergraduate studies. In 2015, SLIIT established its School of Architecture, offering a three-year degree in architecture. In 2016, introducing 16 new research based degrees including PhD and MPhil degrees approved by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka.
SLIIT has two main campuses in the Western Province- a Metropolitan campus in central Colombo, and a flagship suburban campus at Malabe. The Malabe campus covers an area of about 10 ha (25 acres), making it the larger of the two campuses, and houses the faculties of Computing, Business and Engineering, as well as the main library. Located between Kaduwela and Malabe along the New Kandy Road, it is the only SLIIT campus with sporting facilities. The smaller Metropolitan campus is located within the Bank of Ceylon Merchant Tower at Kollupitiya, hosting mostly postgraduate facilities.
The institute also has regional centres in Kandy, Matara, Jaffna and Kurunegala.
The institute is governed by a board of directors headed by a chairman; the current chairmen is Professor L. Rathnayake, who succeeded founding chairman Professor Sam Karunaratne. Due to government ownership of the institute, many of the Board's seats are held by government officials on an ex-officio basis.
Faculties and schools
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Faculty of Computing
The origins of the Faculty of Computing goes back to the formation of SLIIT in 1999, when it introduced degrees in information technology. It has since expanded to cover several more areas of computing such as computer systems, networks, information systems, software engineering, interactive media and cyber security with most programs accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
- Information Technology
- Software Engineering
- Information Systems Engineering
- English Language Teaching Unit
The Business School, which was formally known as the Faculty of Business was established in 2011, offering BBA degree programs in Human Capital Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing management, Quality Management and Management Information Systems.
- Business Management
- Information Management
Faculty of Engineering
Established in 2013, the Faculty of Engineering offers BScs in engineering degree programs. Programs cover civil, electrical, electronic, materials and mechanical engineering, as well as mechatronics.
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management
The Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM) was started in 2012 as a joint venture with SLIIT and William Angliss Institute of TAFE, offering degrees in tourism and hospitality management.
SLIIT Computing is a subsidiary of SLIIT offering degrees in information technology.
School of Architecture
Faculty of Science and Education
- School of Education
- School of Natural sciences
- School of Nursing
- School of Psychology
- English Language Training Unit
- Mathematics Unit
Partnerships with foreign universities allow students to finish their degree at these universities following an initial study period in Sri Lanka.
SLIIT conducts the Cisco Network Academy courses (CCNA, CCNP and CCSP) under the regional Cisco Network Academy in Sri Lanka. SLIIT is also one of the Microsoft Academies in Sri Lanka offering Certification Courses.
Takeover of SAITM
SLIIT has signed an MoU with South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine on 30 December 2017 which would allow SLIIT to take over ownership and management of SAITM's assets, liabilities, staff and students, Director General of Government Information Sudarshana Gunawardana said issuing a press release. All medical students, who studied at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) absorbed into a new Medical Faculty established at the Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology (SLIIT) effective from 1 January 2018.
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The Malabe campus has a range of sporting facilities including cricket, rugby, basketball, netball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, chess and carrom. SLIIT sporting teams compete in a range of local and national competitions.
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