During the 25 years of excellence, the Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT Campus) has annexed an eminent position by being an unmatched pioneer in Sri Lanka’s private tertiary education sector in the field of IT and Business that awards internationally reputed British degrees from the University of Westminster.
With a vision to empower the youth in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) age, the IIT Campus was established in 1990.
The greatest success of IIT which has reached the apex of Sri Lanka’s tertiary education standards is the ability of this institute being capable of producing some of Sri Lanka’s top innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs in the IT and corporate sectors.
IIT Campus which has produced nearly 3,000 graduates who are spread across the globe is currently offering internal degrees from the University of Westminster, UK. The University of Westminster degrees offered at IIT are Software Engineering, Information System with Business Management (ISBM) and Computer Science with specialization pathways in gaming and computer graphics development, mobile and web computing and multimedia computing. One of the key benefits of these degree programmes is that it displays much emphasis on theory and hands-on experience ensuring that students are fully immersed in the practical aspects of the subjects.
The campus also offers postgraduate programmes such as MSc in Advanced Software Engineering and MSc Software Engineering offered by the University of Westminster. These two undergraduate programmes are designed to be in line with the current industry requirements and will help empower the students to meet organizational goals.
IIT also offers the Foundation Certificate in Higher Education which is designed for those students after O/Levels or students who don’t have adequate A/L results to join the degrees. The Foundation is accepted as a stepping stone for students planning to follow degrees in BSc (Hons) Information System with Business Management, BSc Computer Science and BEng (Hons) Software Engineering by the University of Westminster, UK. The Foundation Certificate in Higher Education is an ideal pathway to pursue a degree soon after O/Levels which allow a student to gain an early start in completing their degree.
The one year mandatory industrial placement offered at IIT is another unique factor which is part of the institute’s curriculum. At IIT Campus, students are provided with a more hands-on experience by giving students a chance to obtain work experience during the course of their degree. Many multinational and local blue-chip companies have come forward to provide the necessary exposure for IIT students which have helped them to gain an insight into their respective industries as well as acquire essential skills that were vital to a successful career, thus resulting in these students having a 100% job assurance following their graduation. Students also benefit from a course structure that has been designed by UOW and an international up to date curriculum which supports theory and practical aspects as well.
At IIT there is a wide range of extracurricular activities offered to the students. Some of these activities such as Stagecraft, Cutting Edge and the Annual Sports Day have now become a part of institute’s annual calendar. Arts and Culture are at the centre of campus life at the institute. Stagecraft which is an annual talent show displays the students’ artistic talents in song, dance and drama. Cutting Edge will showcase the students’ talents in the technological field where they would come up with new concepts and display innovative ideas. An annual careers day is also held at the campus premises which gives an opportunity for multination companies to recruit young graduates and interns.
IIT also has a Students Union as well as a Rotract Club which are the two major students bodies. Sports has also been a part of life in IIT with Rugby, Basketball, Cricket and netball being the most popular sports.
The journey of IIT began when Chairman of the Informatics Group, Dr. GaminiWickramasinghe took a keen initiative to empower Sri Lanka’s education sector that was at the time in the throes of a crisis due to the upheavals that had been prevailing. During those grim days state universities were closed for a period of time that resulted to educational activities coming to a complete standstill and students being deprived of their right to education.
With education being the need of the hour, Dr. Wickremasinghe took measures to find a permanent solution to expand the horizons of the then prevailing education sector in Sri Lanka. Dr. Wickremasinghe then approached the Oxford Educated LalithAthulathmudali who was the Minister of Education at the time. The late Minister, who noted Dr. Wickremasinghe’s idea, took it before his colleagues in the Cabinet who consented for such a plan to be implemented.
It was during such an era the education arm of Informatics was born. The Informatics Institute first collaborated with the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) which was a platform that enabled Sri Lankan students to receive an internationally recognized British degree by studying in Sri Lanka at fraction of the cost of completing the degree programme in UK.
A tedious and intricate validation process followed and the Informatics Institute was inaugurated at a very solemn and colourful ceremony attended by many distinguished dignitaries. The first student body consisted of 22 students, and the original faculty of 6 was expanded to 12 for the second year. In 1994, the Informatics Institute held its first convocation with former President J.R. Jayawardena gracing the occasion as its guest of honour. Over the years the quality of learning and teaching maintained, saw student numbers swell with many showing enthusiasm in the ICT sector.
Apart from academic knowledge, IIT also places great importance in Soft Skill Development, Team work, Motivational projects, Presentation skills and other professional attitudes by encouraging students to take part in national and international competitions such as Microsoft Imagine Cup, National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA), Google Summer of Code and e-Swabhimani in which IIT has won many accolades at these competitions. Continuing the winning streak at national and international competitions, this year too, Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) was victorious once again at the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup competition. Breaking the local Imagine Cup record, IIT Campus bagged six awards and won the ‘World Citizenship’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Games’ categories.
IIT graduates have a 100% employment guarantee as the students have been given valuable work experience during their placement year. With its strong international affiliations, outstanding resources and focus on quality higher education, IIT is without a doubt an ideal place for students to obtain world renowned IT and Business degrees.
For further information, do write to “firstname.lastname@example.org” or make a call on the hotline 0722 72 72 72 and also you are most welcome to pay a visit and talk to counselors at IIT Main Campus at No. 57, Ramakrishna Rd, Colombo 6.