Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena urged the Business Management School and its British partner Northumbria University, United Kingdom to establish a nursing school under its expansion plans for next year. He also suggested to commence specialized education programmes to business and economic graduates to enhance their skills to make them qualified for global and local employment.
During a discussion with Prof Jon Reast, Pro Vice Chancellor of Northumbria University, Prof. Jon Reast and President of BMS, Dr W A Wiijewardena, the Prime Minister stressed the need for specialist courses to enhance skills in economics, fiscal management, trade negotiations as well as nursing and healthcare to fulfill the local and foreign employment demands.
They also discussed about possibilities of establishing close academic cooperation in the field of research and development. It was suggested to explore possibilities of joint research with Universities of Srijayewardenapura and Uva-Wellassa.
BMS was set up 20 years ago and it provides high-quality education in association with some of the best of the British universities, while incorporating the flexibility of the module credit system leading to a British degree.
Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anura Dissanayake, Chief Executive Officer, Nizam Razaaq and BMS official Suraj Egodagamage also took part in the discussion.