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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2862

Distance Education Study opportunities for 20 Sri Lankan students at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden

Stockholm, 08 April, ( The Royal institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden has granted 20 Distance-based study opportunities for 20 Sri Lankan Engineers who are attached to the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training to pursue Masters of Engineering studies in the stream of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) for year 2009.

The proposed opportunity granted under Distance Education in collaboration with the KTH in Sweden. The University of Vocational Technology which is under the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training in Sri Lanka now has to find suitable Engineering graduates who are already attached to the 9 Regional Technical Training Colleges as Lecturers.

The Distance-based Opportunities are provided to study Sustainable Energy Engineering (DSEE) in the fields of solar energy, power generation, nuclear engineering and energy utilization in the built environment by means of economically and environmentally sustainable systems and technologies at the postgraduate level with a special two month training programme at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. DSEE is a special pilot project which has a limited number of overseas students who are provided with distant education.

KTH has become involved in international cooperation in an early stage and is running a large number of international projects today which cooperates with prestigious Universities worldwide. Since 1997, Distance Education opportunities to follow the Msc in SEE have been offered to over 400 students from 60 different countries.

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) ranks top in the leading Technical Universities with first-class reputation in education and research in Sweden. Having found in the year 1827, KTH is the largest and oldest of Sweden’s six universities of technology. KTH trains engineers and architects for Bachelor’s (BSc), Masters (MSc), Licentiate of Technology (LicTech) and Doctoral Level.

This grant was announced at a meeting held with Ambassador Ranjith Jayasooriya, Sri Lanka Ambassador to Sweden and by the KTH University Authorities i.e. Professor Torsten Fransson, Head of the SEE Programme at the Royal Institute of Technology.

Previously, on 3rd November 2008, Piyasena Gamage, Minister of Vocational and Technical Training of Sri Lanka had a meeting with Professor Torsten and Professor Andre Martin to initiate this study opportunities for 20 Engineering Lecturers in the 9 Divisional Technical Training Colleges.

The participating representative Professor Arthanayake, former Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) and Coordinator of the ongoing SEE Programme for 21 Engineering students at the OUSL said that there is a growing demand to study Sustainable Energy Engineering in Sri Lanka.

Underlining the importance of the Msc Programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering in the University KTH all representatives positively acknowledged and informed that a favorable consideration will be given to the questions raised on as to "how the participating countries could facilitate in improving the programme and on how the gender balance is maintained at the stage of enrollment".

Few qualified student enrollments for the courses, inadequate Laboratory facilities and scarcity of qualified facilitators and additional Lecturers were key among striking challenges observed by Representatives in the respective participating countries. Hence it was essential in concentrating on financing these educational facilities to reach a higher standard said the Representatives.

Ambassador Ranjith Jayasooriya highlighted that KTH plays a pivotal role in technology transfer through Education and this Msc Programme would in turn improve energy and leads to solve the problems of present global warming and changing of the climate to a certain extent.

The meeting was attended by Dina Mufti Sid, Ambassador of Ethiopia, Ms. Victoria Mwakasege, Charge de’ Affaires Tanzania, Joyce M.C Musende, Ambassador of Zambia and several representatives from universities in Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania.

- Asian Tribune -

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