The Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) entered into an MoU with the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) on the 18th of May 2017. This is the first instance in which a private educational institution has partnered with the association.
APIIT is the largest provider of foreign degrees in Sri Lanka. Now in its 17th year of operation, APIIT continues its dynamic growth continually enhancing student learning experience and learning opportunities.
SLASSCOM acts as a catalyst of growth to the Sri Lankan IT and Business Process Management (BPM) industries. The association’s focus is on facilitating trade, business, education and employment. SLASSCOM actively encourages research and innovation in IT and BPM with the ultimate aim of supporting the creation of a progressive national IT policy framework.
Together with SLASSCOM, APIIT envisions an increase in collaboration that will be mutually beneficial to both parties. Emphasis will be placed on fostering research and development and innovation in ICT higher education through industry involvement.
Information Technology is perhaps the most rapidly evolving field today, and it is necessary for educators to keep abreast with the industry trends and requirements. Under this agreement, APIIT will be able to glean first hand input directly from the industry which can then be incorporated into its curriculum.
While educators must be aware of changes in industry requirements, it is essential that industry too has a sound understanding of the education provision of IT institutes. Timely industry input into the curriculum is one of the key outcomes expected through this partnership.
APIIT, recently having streamlined its internship programme, is in a position to furnish industry with a regular inflow of interns. SLASSCOM will be able to ensure that interns are channeled into the industry efficiently. Together, APIIT and SLASSCOM will be able to direct both interns and graduates to internship or employment opportunities that are most suited to both employer and employee.
Through its 175-strong membership base and wide social network, SLASSCOM is in a position to promote all APIIT events that are in line with SLASSCOMs objectives. APIIT will host SLASSCOM events and promote student participation in such events.
Through increased participation in these events, students will be able to build a professional network for themselves even before the completion of their studies. A firm foundation will thus be laid on which they can build their professional careers. APIIT and SLASSCOM look forward to working together to foster closer ties between the academia and industry to increase the national output of high quality, industry-ready graduates and contribute significantly to the Sri Lankan ICT industry’s march towards becoming a US$ 5 billion industry by 2022.