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Up Online degrees in Sri Lanka - 12-14-2010, 10:17 AM

Now you can obtain a degree or diploma without attending a university or an institute. These are called as online degrees. Although this is a novel concept to Sri Lanka it’s a much popular option in other foreign countries. All you need to have is an internet-connected computer and required financing. Different types of qualifications are awarded through this method such as Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters Degrees.

Several Online degrees were initiated in Sri Lanka in 2003 under Distance Education Modernization Project (DEMP). DEMP is an initiative of the Ministry of Higher Education. The main objective of DEMP is facilitating the means to develop online distance learning (ODL) institutions and a means for delivering ODL throughout the country. In Sri Lanka some state universities, professional associations, private and public sector education institutions offer number of online degrees. Out of them Universities of Colombo and Rajarata are pioneer online degree providers. They offer number of online Bachelors and Masters Degrees. You can choose an online course according to your preference. There are different subject areas offered by institutes such as Management, Marketing, Science, Engineering, IT and Cookery.
There are many advantages of online degree programmes. The main benefit is you can obtain a degree while you’re engage in other work such as employment. At the same time it will save your time and travelling cost. This has become a popular option in foreign countries as you can enroll for a course of an institute which is far from your home town. For example a student live in Galle can enroll for a course in Rajarata University. Financial assistance is also available to needy students under the Stipend Program. You can contact National Online Distance Education Service of Sri Lanka on +94 (0) 11 267-1783 or email [email protected]
However there are some disadvantages of these online degrees. The main drawback is there will be less interaction between lecturers and students. Sometimes you may feel boring rather than studying in a classroom with number of other students. Also you need to have a good internet-connected computer at your home or working place.
Following is a list of available courses under this programme.
University degrees
University of Colombo

  • M. Sc. in Disaster Management
  • Masters in Applied Organic Chemistry
  • M. Sc. in Bioinformatics
  • M.Sc. in Environmental Science
  • M.Sc. in Medical Toxicology
Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
  • Bachelors Degree in Business Management
  • Bachelors Degree in Physical Sciences
  • Bachelors Degree in Biological sciences
University of Moratuwa
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
University of Peradeniya
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
University of Jaffna
  • Bachelor of Business Management

Post Graduate Diplomas

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing by Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM)
Higher National Diplomas
IDM Computer Studies (Pvt.) Ltd

  • Higher National Diploma in Teacher Education
  • Higher National Diploma in E-Business and ICT
Centre for the Study of Human Rights,
(University of Colombo)- Diploma in Human Rights

Damrivi Foundation
  • Diploma in English
  • Diploma in Buddhist Studies
Department of Vocational Studies, Ladies College- Diploma in Teaching Children with Special Learning Disabilities
Indination Computer Institute- Diploma in Computer Studies
Informatics Institute of Technology- Diploma in Computing
International Institute of Health Sciences- Diploma in Hospital Management
Institute of Technology- Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology
Institute of Supplies and Materials Management- Diploma in Purchasing and Materials Management
Institute of Agro-technology and Rural Sciences- Diploma in Agro-Technology
(University of Colombo)

Institute of Engineering Technology- Diploma in building and structural engineering
OpenArc School of Business and Technology

  • Diploma in Software Development
  • Diploma in Computerised Drafting
  • Diploma in Project Management
Post Graduate Institute of Medicine-
(University of Colombo) Diploma in Family Medicine
Tecland Institute of Computer Studies- Diploma in Information & Communication Technology – ICT-
University of Colombo- Diploma in E-Business
Sri Lanka Institute of Development Admin,.- Diploma in Public Management
Winstone School of Culinary Arts- Diploma in Food and Beverages
Winstone School of Culinary Arts- Diploma in Cookery

Other courses
Institute of Quantity Surveyors- Certificate in Quantity Surveying
National Institute of Health Science

  • Certificate in External Pharmacists Training
  • Certificate in Exercise Therapy and Mental Training
Open University of Sri Lanka-
  • Educational Technology
  • Continuing Professional Development for General Medical Practitioners
Institute of Certified Management Accountants-
  • Technician Stage Qualification
  • Professional Stage Qualification
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