APIIT offers 10 full scholarships worth Rs. 10 million
The Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), a leading higher education institute in Sri Lanka, awarded 10 full scholarships last week for academically promising and financially needy students.
The selected students will follow a full-time study programme in computing or business management at the APIIT City Campus in Colombo, leading to a degree awarded by Staffordshire University in the UK.
Each scholarship is worth more than Rs. 1 million and covers the full cost of education during the entirety of the study programme including the fees payable to Staffordshire University.
The â€˜APIIT Merit Scholarshipsâ€™ scheme is a joint initiative between the World Bank funded â€˜Improving Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Educationâ€™ (IRQUE) Project and APIIT.
The objectives of the scholarship scheme are to support academically deserving students with financial difficulties particularly from rural areas to pursue higher education at APIIT.
In order to meet the latter objective, priority is given for applicants from outside Colombo and Kandy Districts. Thus, the district, parental income and language competence are considered in addition to A/L performance in the final selection.
Of the 10 scholarships, six have been awarded for computing and four for business management.
The scholars in computing will follow a BSc (Hons) degree in computing with specialisation in software engineering, web development or multimedia. The scholars in business will follow a BA (Hons) degree in business administration.
The scholars will commence their academic programmes with the new intake of students on February 18.
All APIIT degree programmes are conducted in English medium and the students have the option of taking an industrial placement in their third year to obtain industry relevant practical experience before graduation.
The â€˜APIIT Merit Scholarshipsâ€™ scheme is proving to be a great success in achieving its objective of providing opportunities to deserving rural students to study for a British degree. The 10 scholars selected last year are all doing well academically.
Undoubtedly, the scholarship programme would contribute towards the APIIT mission of producing internationally recognised computing and business professionals who will meet the demands of the industry and commerce and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.