The Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) which is the pioneer in providing internal British higher education since 1990 has introduced the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business which is validated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), UK.

The 18 month HND in Business programme will provide practical skills and theoretical business knowledge that is in demand by employers. It caters to the disciplines of business, information technology, management, finance, accounting, hospitality and many more. The course will cover the essential elements of business operations through group projects, practical and theoretical assignments which will reflect a real business environment. Additionally, this programme offers a 6 month industrial placement.

This will also allow advanced entry to internationally recognized universities and higher education institutes in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, France, Singapore and Malaysia to obtain a bachelor’s degree in the respective field. The HND in Business from the SQA has received endorsement from several professional bodies which carry much weight in an individual’s profile. Some of the globally prominent professional bodies such as CIOBS, CIM, IBA, ICSA, CIMA and ACCA are linked to the SQA HND in Business.

Candidates can join the HND programme after A/Levels or after O/Levels with relevant work experience. Candidates should also possess English language skills at an appropriate level and adequate experience in the use of IT applications. Candidates with suitable work experience can also applywith appropriate professional qualifications.

The programme aims to produce well-rounded diplomates. Thus, the programme focuses not only on subject knowledge, but also in other professional skills that would make the participants highly industry oriented and readily employable for students who follow the HND programme at IIT. The students who follow the HND at IIT will possess a positive working attitude, the ability of being able to think out of the box, leadership skills, ability to work with minimum supervision, high levels of communication skills, numeracy and IT skills and the ability to work effectively in a team. The 6 month industry placement offered with the IIT HND will provide the necessary industrial experience and will further enhance the professional skills of the student.

Dr. Ajith Madurapperuma, consultant of IIT who is spearheading the HND programme said that the HND qualifications provide an opportunity to obtain globally recognized qualifications locally.

“We expect those who complete the SQA HND to be able to secure employment easily within the local industry. This is because the wholesome education experience delivered by SQA qualifications and the experience that IIT has in delivering high quality educational programmes. Those who complete SQA HNDs will also be able to continue their higher education by following degree programmes at many universities around the world that have been recognized by the Scottish Qualification Authority,” he said.

During the first year of the HND in Business, the subjects that will be included in the programme are Business Accounting, An Introduction to Business Law, Analyzing and Presenting Complex Communication, Creating a Culture of Customer Care, An Introduction to Economic Issues, Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application, An Introduction to Human Resource Management, Information Technology: Applications Software, IT in Business: Spreadsheets, Managing People and Organizations, An Introduction to Marketing, Personal Development Planning and Business.

The second year of the HND in Business will include Behavioural Skills for Business, Business Contractual Relationships, Business Culture and Strategy, Economics: The World Economy, Information and Communication Technology in Business, An Introduction to International Marketing, Preparing Financial Forecasts, Presentation Skills, Statistics for Business, Training and Developing the Workforce and Business.

The SQA is an internationally renowned provider of qualifications, assessments, accreditations and certifications. SQA has 100 years’ experience in developing qualifications and qualification systems and over 20 years’ experience of working internationally in partnership with governments, colleges, universities, schools and industries throughout the world.

SQA which is based in Glasgow, Scotlandis an agency funded by the Scottish Government, UK. SQA currently has education hubs in the UK, Beijing, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi.

The Chief Executive Officer of IIT, Dr. Sampath Kannangara said that IIT has produced nearly 3000 graduates who are currently holding senior positions in many multinational and local blue-chip companies. He added that IIT has a proven track record and has been a leader in the field of higher education in Sri Lanka.

“At IIT, we produce well rounded professionals who have the right kind of positive attitude and competencies. Once our students’ graduate they will poses prerequisites such as leadership, self-confidence, presentation and communication skills, time management skills and will also be good team players,” he said.

“With 24 years of excellence in being an unmatched pioneer in providing British higher education in Sri Lanka, we would like to claim the fact that we are not in the business of educating students but also in the business of transforming people,” he said.

“IIT graduates have 100% employability and one of our key factors for IIT students to be in demand is mainly due to the fact that we provide them with 12 month internship which is embedded to the 4 year sandwich internal degree offered by the University of Westminster. We are an award winning institution and IIT students have won many national and international level competitions such as Microsoft Imagine Cup, National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA), Google Summer of Code and e-Swabhimani,” he said.

IIT is currently offering undergraduate degrees in BEng (Hons) Software Engineering and BSc (Hons) Information Systems with Business Management (ISBM) from the University of Westminster. IIT is also offering an MSc Advanced Software Engineering programme from the University of Westminster.

With a dedicated team of lecturers and administrators, IIT remains the number one choice amongst students for IT and Business degrees. For further information, write to IIT on “admissions@iit.ac.lk” or call the IIT Main Campus hotline 0722 72 72 72. IIT also welcomes prospective students to visit and talk to counselors at IIT Main Campus at No. 57, Ramakrishna Rd, Colombo 6.

National Savings Bank joins hands with Informatics Institute of Technology

The NSB Buddhi Higher Educational Loan extends its facilities for the students at Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT). The IIT students can apply for the Buddhi Higher Educational Loan jointly with their parents, and could start paying their capital after graduating at IIT. Accordingly, the students get the opportunity to pay only the interest at a concessionary rate while they are studying. The students are eligible to apply for the loan to study at home or abroad via IIT for a loan up to Rs. 10 Million. Mr. K K.V.L.W Karunathilake (AGM – Corporate Finance) of National Savings Bank participated for the ceremonial launch of the HND offered at IIT.