International partnership offers new course for business professionals

12 August 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University is thrilled to announce the collaboration with the Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) in Sri Lanka, to provide a number of business studies programmes at both institutions.

The first programme to be offered as part of the collaboration is a part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme designed for the professional development of working executives to increase their career options, update their knowledge or enhance their skills. The course, starting at the IIT in September, has already attracted interest from IIT’s alumni, many of whom work as executives in the expanding IT industry in Sri Lanka. An undergraduate Business Management programme will also start in 2017 as part of the IIT’s expansion. 


From left to right: Ms Kumudini Sarathchandra, Professor Heather McLaughlin, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran and Dr Sampath Kannangara.

Dr Sampath Kannangara, Chief Executive Officer, and Ms Kumudini Sarathchandra, Head of Department of Business Management, at the IIT, visited the University to meet with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, and colleagues from the Business School, Faculty of Education, International Office and Registry.

Professor Heather McLaughlin, Director of the Christ Church Business School, said: “This is an exciting international development for the Business School. IIT has a proven track record in delivering quality programmes and we look forward to working with them in the expansion of their business portfolio. There will also be opportunity for student exchanges which is incredibly valuable for students for their employability.”

Dr Sampath Kannangara, said: “We hope that this is the start of a productive relationship between our two institutions. The demand for degree programmes in Sri Lanka is very high and we are delighted to be partnering with a UK University with such a good reputation for quality in learning and teaching.”

IIT was established in Sri Lanka in 1990 as the first private higher education institute that awards British degrees in the field of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Business. It has already worked with Manchester Metropolitan University, Keele University and the University of Westminster for the validation of IT degrees, and is now moving into business programmes and potentially teacher education in the future.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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