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First outputs from Human Capital Research Program

The findings of the survey of degree opportunities available in Sri Lanka were announced by Sujata Gamage, Team Leader of the Human Capital Research Program, and by Tilan Wijesooriya, Researcher, at an event organized by the Education and Human Resources Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on 27 June 2012.

The presentation is here.

First report includes:

In 2010 the graduate output was about 19,000 people. While 12,250 came from the conventional public education system, 4,150 came from semi-public and 2,500 came from private institutions. While output in the conventional system is actually down from 2009, other categories are up. People are going outside of the conventional system, partly because they have to, because space in Unis is really limited.

This new world of private/semi-private educational institutes supplies a need, but it’s a bit of a confusing market for students and parents. Which is where this sort of research comes in. For example, the data shows that most degree programs are 3 years and cost more than 5 lakhs.

In terms of programs available, there are 171 in Commerce, 103 in Computer Science/IT, 68 in Engineering and then 346 in Other (which ranges from English to Fashion).

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