Northshore College established with the objective of providing high-quality educational opportunities to prospective students offers undergraduate and post Graduate programmes of the University of the West of England, Bristol, the United Kingdom which is prided as the largest provider of Higher Education in the South West of England with over 30,000 students and 3,500 staff.
Holding a recording relationship with the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom, Northshore College of Business and Technology plays a vital role in the catering to the demand of the industry in IT, Engineering and Management fields in Sri Lanka. Moreover, Northshore College has an outstanding panel of lecturers consisting of highly qualified and competent academics. Having a full-time staff to conduct the programmes is a definite advantage as they are constantly available for the students to seek assistance and guidance.
Sri Lanka provides free education to all children from primary up to the first-degree level at the university. According to current statistics, over 500,000 school children go through GCE O/L, but only about 250,000 successfully complete the examination. At the GCE A/L examinations, around 120,000 students obtain the minimum qualifications required for university admission.
Of these students, only around 17,000 are admitted to universities annually. This figure amounts to approximately 3% of all those in the particular age cohort; another 2% gain admission to technical colleges and around 6% are enrolled in private training institutes in a variety of professional courses such as information technology, management, accounting, marketing, business, law, and finance. Therefore, the gross enrolment rate in tertiary education stands at 11% of the eligible population, which could be considered as too low compared to countries like India, China and Malaysia in the region.
This way, more than 100,000 qualified students are being left out of tertiary education every year. Only a few of them, particularly those from well-to-do families, secure places in foreign universities to pursue higher studies. And for the rest, which is the vast majority with tens of thousands of young people, tertiary education is either unaffordable or completely inaccessible; the latter is very often the case in the economically disadvantaged geographical regions of the country. As far as the social and economic development of Sri Lanka is concerned, this is a very unsatisfactory situation, but understandable as there are only seventeen state universities and a hand full of well established private training institutes in the island.
The above is the background in which it was decided to establish a Higher Education Institute, namely the “Northshore College of Business and Technology”, to offer diploma and degree level study programmes, at affordable cost, to students selected from all four corners of the country, who are presently unable to gain access to university level education in Sri Lanka or aboard.