WES 2012 - Inaugural Session - Dr Sunil Nawaratne
Dr Sunil Nawaratne, Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Sri Lanka
Speaker at: World Education Summit 2012
Date: 23-24 July, 2012
Venue: Le Meridien, New Delhi
Brief: We have the vision to turn Sri Lanka into Asia’s hub of cost effective and quality education. The people of the country, and its leaders understand very well, that without comprehensive knowledge in every vertical, the country will be unable to achieve its long term development goals. The key to prosperity lies in human capital development, and higher education plays a bigger role.The most important skills and capabilities required while recruiting new graduates are communication skills, team work, integrity, intellectual ability and confidence. While the students are being taught in the college, it is also important to incorporate these skills in them. A programme of leadership skill development has been introduced at certain universities, under which the students are given three weeks of training to mould their mindsets and inculcate in them leadership skills and other skills.
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