OpenArc School of Business & Technology is the only partner organization of University of Moratuwa (UoM) for BIT external degree programme. OSBT had its very first batch to the BIT of UoM from the beginning of this year. The registrations for the 2014/2015 batch have been successfully commenced during the first quarter over 150 students. This visit of UoM was to evaluate the institutional environment of OpenArc Campus.
An evaluation committee consisting of four members, Dr. D. Wickramasinghe the Chairman of the Centre of Distant Learning, Dr. Ranga Dharmapriya and two other representatives of University of Moratuwa visited OpenArc last September.
During the evaluation programme, they initially had a discussion with OpenArc management. Mr. Daya Hettiarchchi CEO/Chairman of OpenArc Group, Mr. Vijith Sinhabahu Managing Director of OSBT and Mr. Dinesh Rodrigo, Chief Operating Officer & Mr. K.D.R. Perera, Chief Academic Officer of OpenArc Campus, participated in the discussion.
Addressing the issues with ICT education and engineering, industry demands and social responsibilities as a top ranked University and Software Company/Academy in the island, they agreed to make some new steps towards the betterment of undergraduates and overall Sri Lankan students as a national interest. Providing an IT based foundation and guiding school students for an essential change in their mind-sets, were among the highlighted topics.
As our Chairman Mr. Hettiarachchi suggested, the panel agreed to make some enhancements for the BIT degree course modules and syllabus as well. The subjected changes will be made to suit local degree holders with current trends and demands in global industry. Embedded Software Development and Electronics are proposed among the suggested knowledge areas.
After the discussion forum the UoM representatives had a visit at OpenArc Campus. They were so happy see the calm and study-friendly environment of the OpenArc Campus including its lecture theatres, computer labs and auditorium and other facilities provided to the students. The evaluation team had a face to face discussion with the panel of lecturers and staff members as well. The students of degree programme were also interviewed during the evaluations.
Concluding the observation UoM agreed to provide some books to OpenArc, So that OpenArc students will be able to refer those study packs and e-books from OpenArc Library and our online library service.
For sure, University of Moratuwa and OpenArc will make the best for IT education as a social responsibility. The visit of UoM strengthened the partnership further for the benefit of the ICT student population in our country.