Salford quantity surveying degree in Sri Lanka to address acute skills shortage
The University of Salford has launched a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – accredited master’s degree in Sri Lanka to help with South Asia’s acute shortage of qualified quantity surveyors.
Students will be taken on in three intakes every year, with the first students beginning lectures in May. The master’s degree follows the launch of an undergraduate degree in 2011 which, like the master’s, is run in conjunction with the Colombo School of Construction Technology.
Salford already has strong links to Sri Lanka with the internationally-renowned Centre for Disaster Resilience carrying out projects aimed at mitigating and resolving damage caused by natural disasters such as the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
The new master’s degree builds on this research and teaching expertise, and is endorsed by the Chamber of the Construction Industry in Sri Lanka. Part of this endorsement stems from the design of the course which is split into short intensive modules which are created with employed people in mind. During the year-long course, students will take modules on procurement, risk management and project systems.
Fees for the course are set at £7,000, costing less than it would for a Sri Lankan to study in the UK – especially if they are working. This approach is being supported by the Sri Lankan government, which is keen to provide attractive educational opportunities domestically in the aftermath of a decades-long civil war.
Dr Bingu Ingirige from Salford’s School of the Built Environment is leading the course. “While it is still attractive for Sri Lankans to study in the UK, many people who wish to develop existing careers need to stay more local,” he said. “Many prospective students will therefore benefit from this new MSc course in Quantity Surveying, which is the first of its kind ever to be developed outside UK.”
According to Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, the Associate Head of School (International) at the School of the Built Environment and the Director of the Centre for Disaster Resilience: “Salford has historically strong links with Sri Lanka at both student and researcher level and this new course will help us to build more connections with professionals and organisations in the country. We’re confident that this master’s degree will be a major addition to the country’s construction sector.
“This master’s degree brings in expertise from Salford and RICS and combines it with local knowledge to deliver skills in a profession which has great potential for growth in South Asia.”
Course details can be found here.