No to more foreign students - IUSF

21 June 2011 01:06 pm - 39     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Increasing the quota of foreign student admissions hinders Higher Education chances for local students, the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) said as they criticized Higher Education ministry’s alleged plans to recruit more foreign students to universities.

According to IUSF Convener Sanjeewa Bandara, the quota of foreign student admissions which was only 0.5 percent has been increased up to 5 percent through a circular issued by the UGC to be effective from this year’s admissions onwards.

“Following the changes implemented by the UGC, at least 1100 foreign students will enter the local universities. This is a grave injustice done upon the local students because over 100,000 students lose chances for higher education due to the competitive nature of the A/L examination,” Bandara added.

He pointed out that currently over 2000 vacant positions are available in various universities countrywide. “The government boasts of expanding opportunities for higher education through the establishment of private universities. If they are genuine about their claims, they should first take measures to fill in the vacant positions,” he said.

Among some of the universities that have vacant positions for undergraduates are the Rajarata university (agriculture faculty – 170 positions), Ruhunu University (Science faculty – 132 positions) and Peradeniya University (Allied health Sciences faculty - 114). (Lakna Paranamanna)
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  • Saba Tuesday, 21 June 2011 04:07 PM

    Guys, please be sensible when you comment. Providing quota to overseas students is a reciprocal act to get more quota for Sri Lankan students abroad. Don't try be like "frogs in a well"

    Anthony Tuesday, 21 June 2011 04:08 PM

    Foreign students bring foreign perspectives which the local students cannot get unless they travel abroad which most of them don't. This is a unique opportunity. At least the universities will develop faster and will become more globalised. Current syllabuses are at least 20 years old. None of the staff have any idea about what's going on in the world outside. This is the only way!

    freehit Tuesday, 21 June 2011 04:41 PM

    One can hardly expect anything else from ' Anthare '

    Bakamoona Tuesday, 21 June 2011 04:47 PM

    Good move UGC. Now with this money from foreign students and our own SL students (SL passport holders) studied abroad, the local students facilities can be uplifted.

    Stefan Tuesday, 21 June 2011 04:49 PM

    yes, because our "students" go to university with dreams of knowledge and hopes of a better future!! yeah right! the whole country can see what our "students" do when they go to our universities... go abroad and see for yourself whether university students of any other country engage in politics... shameless no, your argument?

    TMA Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:02 AM

    This is just 2 provide uni.s to Indian & Chinese students who R not capable enterin their unis

    TMA Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:03 AM

    Problem is that money never goes to education development, but MP maintainance

    jay pathbey Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:03 PM

    The quota of foreign student must be increased to 5% or more. Each foreign student pays SL Rupees 15 to 18 lakhs per year.

    This money is spent for the educational costs of our "moda pinguttara" undergraduate students who get everything free and then go on strikes too for disrupting their education and therefore the quality of graduates they finally turn out to be.

    The taxes collected from the people in Sri Lanka is not sufficient to pay even the basic salaries of the lecturers. And of course the lecturers want to go on strike asking for more pay and better standards.

    So figure it out "Frogs in Well" people of Sri Lanka. If this is your attitude you fools are all doomed. JP / Australia.

    Oyage sudu kella Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:16 AM

    Aiyo... TMA, you are wrong. wrong. wrong. !! I know 100% that this type of revenue goes to that particular uni and for the development of the campus only. Many universities have upgraded their facilities, new buildings constructed, etc.

    GanjaRabbit Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:51 PM

    imagine the revenue generated and the employment opportunities for lecturers.

    Kamal Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:55 PM

    The reason they are putting foreign students to those universities JVP won't allow private Universities in SL which can save lot of money from students who fly over to UK, Australia, India & Singapore to get a degree which is bad for SL economy. Also you can attract lot of foreign students and make a good income source to the SL economy ;)

    raj Tuesday, 21 June 2011 07:15 PM

    What is wrong with getting foreign students. They are not given free education. They will pay and learn unlike JVP students who waste government money, ie people's money and stop the learning of fellow students. Your brain should be examined by an expert.

    sena Tuesday, 21 June 2011 07:36 PM

    where are the foreign students coming from to study in SL

    aswin Tuesday, 21 June 2011 07:41 PM

    Very foolish short term thinking. Foreign students will give the money required for university education, All the local students want is ping adi education.
    How about all the sri lankan students going abroad to study as they cannot get a proper place. Education does not mean just getting a degree like the sri lankans want free. It means building up of a better society. So The minister should not give in to the students free education demand and not be able to get a job after that as they do not know how to behave in society.
    God bless the Education System

    Mohan Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:58 AM

    Little u know about this. Throughout the past we have been having lot of students from Maldives and other Asian Countries. Don't behave like fools. From wherever if we get foreign students....... Thats what matters.

    Mohan Wednesday, 22 June 2011 06:02 AM

    People like u, are not deserve to be in this country. Shame.

    Mohan Wednesday, 22 June 2011 06:04 AM

    Now the problem is increasing the amount to .5 to 5%. That means we have had this .5% . FOr what ever the reason if foreign students come, Thats what matters.

    ampare son Tuesday, 21 June 2011 11:06 PM

    Dear student. this is global village. glad to here foreign students. you can learn lot of thing from them.

    dava Tuesday, 21 June 2011 11:08 PM

    Bring foreigners to fill in the vacancies too, Mr. Minister. Really you guy's are doing a wonderful job all round. Soon we will see the miracle of Asia. "Suba Anagathayak"

    pol atha Tuesday, 21 June 2011 11:11 PM

    these guys use everything opposite JVP theory. ayurvedic medicine, buddhisum good feild to actract foreign students.

    YP Wednesday, 22 June 2011 06:19 AM

    Then your world is very small my friend. Did you see last years G8 summit in London and what chaos Uni students did to that?
    Also read Rohana Vijeweera's chronicles to see how active Russia's uni students politically those days?

    candice Wednesday, 22 June 2011 01:35 AM

    Oh well. The local students dnt knw wat free education is. They just get free education and dnt know the whole meanin and abuse the whole system. How ever much the govt pays for these students, they jst use their facilities for granted. Foreign students have a choice of going to other countries., but this 0.5% they talk abt also includes Sri Lankan nationalities living in other countries. This helps them to get back to Sri Lanka to pursue their higher education. N let me tell u, not all these ppl r millionaires. This gives every1 an opportunity.

    das Wednesday, 22 June 2011 02:16 AM

    Any foriegner who wants to come here should have his head examined

    candice Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:50 AM

    no one is depriving your students. Your students get the max benefits of education. As in FREE. Its the Sri Lankans in other countries been deprived of HE. They have nowhere to go. Why spend soo much money on foreign univesities when they can come to their own country for HE. Plus the money they give as fees is for YOUR students. Who totally misuse the FREE facilities they get.

    c.dissa Wednesday, 22 June 2011 02:35 AM

    The Minister & the whole ministry is going mad.
    0.5% is ok . They want to remove the point mark and use as a dot ( thitha) for many Sri Lankan students.

    Prasadpr Wednesday, 22 June 2011 02:31 AM

    Why should foreign studnets pay a fee and come to universities which are not even mentioned among the best 2000 universities in the world?

    Dasanayake Wednesday, 22 June 2011 02:48 AM

    Yes It is a stratergy privatize Dont you know he should earn what he spent

    Sam Wednesday, 22 June 2011 03:04 AM

    At the rate the Uni work are disrupted here, I doubt any serious local student will come here. Nothing to worry here.

    GanjaRabbit Wednesday, 22 June 2011 07:37 AM

    obviously not from the doctor who examined yours

    aswin Wednesday, 22 June 2011 03:24 AM

    Why are you so bothered from whare they come from as long as they bring the money and pay

    backstreet boys Wednesday, 22 June 2011 03:51 AM

    The Ministry of Education fails to see the amount money moving outside the country where higher education is concerned. that mean foreign Universities are taking full advantage of the lack local higher education facilities.

    TMA Tuesday, 21 June 2011 01:45 PM

    But, the Chunese abd Indians R short of universities :( The proverb: when U lie with dogs U gotta get up with fleas

    S. Aran Johnny Tuesday, 21 June 2011 02:08 PM

    If there are vacant seats, why cant these be filled by foreign students? Besides, exposure to other cultures will be an enriching experience in itself. Otherwise these "graduates" will continue to have the same old "frog-in-the-well" attitude.

    Student Tuesday, 21 June 2011 02:17 PM

    This is ridiculous. Depriving our students from HE and giving foreign students? All they want is money. Foreign students have many options, they don't depend on sri lanka, but our students?

    sam Wednesday, 22 June 2011 04:27 AM

    When foreign students come to SL by taking a ship to hambantota, they might as well get a degree before they go back.

    Above the Crowd Wednesday, 22 June 2011 08:41 AM

    Who are the donkeys who want to come to Sri Lanka, they can go to Somalia , Sudan or Chad.

    AJ Tuesday, 21 June 2011 03:03 PM

    I think 1st of all a government should be thinking of creating more opportunities to local students before they opening up the avenues for foreign students. This is a clear indication that government of SL do not know to give the correct priorities to critical issues of this country.

    stacer Tuesday, 21 June 2011 03:17 PM

    That is assuming foreign students would want to enrol in our universities.. -which is a pretty big assumption given the state of the universites today. They would have to pretty desparate to want to come here. We used to have a handfull of foreign students from Bhutan but not any more. Perhaps we should pitch to the Afghans.. ?

    gayan Tuesday, 21 June 2011 03:37 PM

    This is JVP properganda. Mixing a few foreign students will benefit the local students. Different ideas, different cultures and languages, different way of life, etc would elable the local students to improve itself and understand the world better.

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