First cohort of Salford students in Sri Lanka celebrate graduation

First cohort of Salford students in Sri Lanka celebrate graduation

The first cohort of Sri Lanka-based students from the University’s School of the Built Environment (SoBE) have celebrated their graduation at the Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT).

Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall and a delgation from the Unviersity, including Professor Hisham Elkadi, Dean of the School of Built Environment, attended the graduation ceremony on Sunday, 26 July 2015.  The guest speaker at the event was Dr Nirodha Fernando, a Salford PhD graduate.

Degrees were presented to 51 graduates – 11 achieved the MSc Quantity Surveying and 40 were awarded BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying.

Professor Hisham Elkadi said: “I am delighted to witness the graduation of our first cohort of Sri Lanka based students and very proud that our graduates are positively contributing to the growing confidence of Sri Lanka’s economy and future prosperity.”

The University has been working with CSCT to develop one of the two built environment programmes that achieved international professional accreditation in Sri Lanka.

Hisham added: “We have been working closely with Sri Lanka on many major research projects, particularly in Disaster Management and are looking forward to continuing that.

“By focusing on areas of our expertise, we could both benefit from collaboration in fields such as smart cities, big data management and visualisation, lean construction, urban ecologies, off-site construction and Building Information Management (BIM).”

The School is also looking towards strengthening its collaboration with CSCT and expanding its provision of postgraduate degrees to include Construction Law and BIM as well as other undergraduate programmes.

Hisham said: “It was particularly pleasing to witness the support and praise of our graduates from the Sri Lankan construction industry.

“The 100 per cent employment of our undergraduate and postgraduate students is evidence of such support, quality and relevance of our education provision in Sri Lanka.”

Colin McCallum, Executive Director, University Advancement adds, “It is a pleasure to welcome this group of graduates to the growing global Salford alumni community.

“This was the first formal Salford overseas graduation ceremony that was organised by our Advancement Events Team and SoBE. I am delighted that it was such a success and look forward to working with colleagues to further enhance the University’s profile both at home and abroad, and to celebrate the successes of our students.”