Buoyed by its success of the educational promotions in 2014 in Male, the Export Development Board (EDB) is facilitating the largest Lankan educational delegation to Maldives next week, sources revealed.
The promotional tour is organized in collaboration with Sri Lanka High Commission in Male.
The second time such an educational delegation is facilitated to Maldives, it consists of representatives from 20 leading Lankan educational institutes.
In 2014, in its first tour to Maldives, EDB facilitated 14 educational institutes to Male. This was EDB’s first ever promotional program overseas to promote educational services exports from Sri Lanka.
The 2014 program constituted a number of activities that included participation at an exhibition and meetings with relevant public and private sector educational institutes and chambers for enrolling students, creating awareness and sharing information.
Sri Lankan educational/vocational training institutes from private and state sector are increasingly enrolling foreign students in their programs. Higher standards, qualified academia with language skills, affiliations to recognized foreign universities and affordability have all helped Sri Lanka earn a name as a destination for educational services among those particularly, in the neighbouring Asian region.
Sri Lanka’s service sector exports have been strengthening YoY and is led by ICT/BPM sector, which grew by 123 percent over the last five years. In 2014, ICT/BPM exports stood at $748 million.