The Early Years
In the first year there were 22 students and 6 faculty members. That number increased to 12 in the second year. In 1994, IICS held its first convocation with former President J.R. Jayawardena gracing the occasion as the guest of honour. Over the years the quality standards of learning and teaching were maintained, thus resulting in increased numbers of students as there was lot of enthusiasm for studying in the ICT sector.
Apart from British degrees being awarded in Sri Lanka, IICS also served as the base producing a new generation of ICT graduates to cater for the rapidly growing IT sector in Asia. IICS is seen as the pioneer for the development of the tertiary education sector in Sri Lanka. In 1999 IICS was succeeded by IIT, a Board of Investment (BOI) registered company in Sri Lanka, having a broader vision and plans of expansion.
In 2000, IIT started a collaboration with Keele University, bringing the first British MSc in IT to Sri Lanka, with the first British postgraduate convocation held in Colombo in 2003.
In 2005, IIT completed the University of Westminster validation process which has endorsed undergraduate and advanced masters’ programmes. The University of Westminster is an acclaimed modern University having won the prestigious Queen’s award for enterprise for 2 consecutive years.