SAITM Convocation 2013 A Grand Event

Source: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/130317/education/saitm-convocation-2013-a-grand-event-36938.html

The first ever Graduation Convocation of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) was held on Saturday March 16th at 5.30 p.m. at the SAITM Auditorium in Malabe amidst a distinguished gathering.

The Chief Guest at this event was the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) UK, Derek Godfrey, who conferred the degrees. The occasion was presided over by the Founder and Chairman of SAITM, Dr. Neville Fernando.
At the event, degrees were awarded to 10 students from the Faculty of ICT & Media and 18 students from the Faculty of Management & Finance. The programmes of study were offered in collaboration with BNU-UK.
Higher diplomas were also awarded to 21 students from the Faculty of ICT & Media and 4 students from the Faculty of Management & Finance.

These students have completed the first two years of their degree programmes and will, in a year's time, receive their BSc Degrees in Computing & Interactive Media and BA (Hons) Degrees in the management specializations of Business Management, International Business and Business & Marketing.

Special certificates of achievement and gold medals were awarded to those who achieved the highest standards of excellence.

SAITM congratulated all those who received their degrees and diplomas at the convocation. The institute praised them for their hard work and devotion to their studies. It stated that they should take pride in the fact that they have made history at SAITM by receiving degrees and diplomas at its first-ever convocation.
Most of those who received their degrees and diplomas at this event are already employed in reputed corporate organizations in the country.

SAITM was established in 2008 with the vision of becoming the leading private sector higher education institution in the South Asian region. The institute offers a real campus-life experience and globally-recognized qualifications for students to build their future. It is the largest multi-faculty non-state sector higher education institute monitored by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The Faculty of Management & Finance of SAITM conducts 3-year programmes in affiliation with Buckinghamshire New University, UK. Registration is open to students with local/London A/Ls in any stream. In the final year, students can specialize in Accounting & Finance, Business Management, Business & Marketing or International Management. These programmes blend theoretical knowledge with practical experience, including industry visits and industry placements, and offer students high earning potential locally and internationally.

The faculty offers top-up programmes for students with professional qualifications (at least third level) such as ACCA, CIMA, CMA, ICASL, CIM, SLIM and Advanced Diplomas. Students with part professional qualifications are also entitled to get exemptions in Business/Accounting Degree programmes

The Buckinghamshire New University that awards these degrees is listed in the Commonwealth University Yearbook, which is recognized by the UGC. The formula offered by SAITM helps the right candidates to earn UK internal degrees in Sri Lanka at a minimum cost. The faculty comprises highly qualified staff with proper academic/professional qualifications including professors and industry experts.

The Faculty of ICT & Media of SAITM offers the BSc in Computing & Interactive Media. It too is affiliated with the Buckinghamshire New University, and the UK internal degree offered is recognized by the UGC and can be completed in Sri Lanka.

This faculty also comprises full-time academic staff and industry experts, and offers industrial training with reputed companies. It also has a large iMac computer laboratory and mini studio.

The Faculty of Medicine prepares students for the local MBBS Degree as well as the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Degree in affiliation with the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy in the Russian Federation. Among the benefits of pursuing medical studies at SAITM are teaching by highly qualified staff including professors of state medical faculties; small group teaching classes, with modern classrooms; fully-equipped laboratories; large and airy dissecting rooms and clinical training at its own newly-built hospital, etc.

The Faculty of Engineering offers BSc Eng. (Hons) Degrees in Industrial Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, ICT Engineering, Bio System Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Environment Engineering. These degrees are awarded by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand and are recognized by the UGC. They entail 4 years of study, that is, 2 years in Sri Lanka and 2 years in Thailand.

The Engineering programmes are backed by highly-qualified full-time academic staff and visiting faculty selected from the best available in state universities and industry. Facilities include very modern, well-equipped engineering and computer laboratories. From time to time research symposiums and workshops are organized by the faculty for the benefit of students. The Faculty of Engineering offers industrial training in reputed local and foreign companies. Students can obtain credit transfers to US/European universities, and scholarships are offered for the best performers.

All SAITM courses are highly job-oriented, with a strong practical component. This enables students to readily obtain employment anywhere in the world.

Among the benefits of studying at SAITM are: the highly-advanced technology-based teaching with well-equipped classrooms; the eco-friendly environment and infrastructure for a real campus-life experience; the recreation facilities; library; cafeteria; the large auditorium and facilities to develop students' aesthetic skills; and the free shuttle service from Malabe and Kaduwela.