The University of Plymouth has celebrated over 10 years of partnership working with the
National School of Business Management (NSBM) in Sri Lanka.
To celebrate, senior dignitaries from the NSBM, the University’s largest Transnational Education (TNE) partner, visited Plymouth in May to discuss the current portfolio and plans for the future.
Since the partnership was established, around 9,000 graduates have been able to complete a Plymouth degree at NSBM in Sri Lanka, housed in a purpose-built campus on the edge of Colombo.
There are currently more than 2,100 students working towards degrees in a range of business, computing, arts and health programmes.
During their visit, the Sri Lankan delegation held meetings with key University leaders including the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Judith Petts CBE, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Dafydd Moore and Director of Plymouth Global Mr Michael Lurie.
They also visited a number of the University’s cutting-edge facilities, including the
Marine Station, the Cyber-SHIP Lab and Maritime Simulation Laboratory in our Marine Building, and state-of-the-art medical laboratories.
There were discussions about new programmes being launched in Law, Architecture and Data Science; potential research and knowledge exchange initiatives; and continued opportunities for students from Plymouth and Sri Lanka to take advantage of reciprocal international study programmes.
Professor Moore, who also visited Sri Lanka in January to confer nearly 1,000 Plymouth degrees in two days at NSBM’s most recent graduation ceremonies, said:
“We have always enjoyed a shared vision and, in little over a decade, our partnership with NSBM has grown beyond measure. Programmes from all of our faculties are now taught in Sri Lanka, creating opportunities for students and academics that both parties are committed to expanding. The visit by our colleagues offered the perfect opportunity to celebrate that, and to reaffirm our commitments for the present and future.”