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SLASSCOM, MBA Alumni Association launches ‘Future Careers Bridge’ at Colombo University

The SLASSCOM team and the MBA Alumni Association Team,  with the Vice Chancellor of the  University Of Colombo, at the occasion
The SLASSCOM team and the MBA Alumni Association Team, with the Vice Chancellor of the University Of Colombo, at the occasion

Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) together with MBA Alumni Association, and Vice Chancellor’s Office of University of Colombo, via the career guidance unit, launched an undergraduate oriented initiative called the “Future Careers Bridge” program for all faculties of the University of Colombo.

This is a talent assessment platform that would benefit the students, employers, and the university. With industries growing and evolving at a rapid pace due to innovations and disruptive technologies, this platform will enable young graduates to be made future ready for meaningful employment when they have completed their academic education at the University. This would overcome the current gap seen between their academic performance and the practical needs of the employers.

Via this platform, undergraduates will be trained for IT & Soft skills, analytical and practical thinking, build confidence in public speaking and other areas.

SLASSCOM Chairperson Sandra De Zoysa said, “We have been waiting for this moment for some time and I think the partnership that we have formed here is a good one. Creating the essential capacity for the IT industry of Sri Lanka really requires us to work alongside academia to share our expertise and foster close ties between all of us, so that we can all be aligned to the needs of the industry.”

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Chandrika Wijerathne stated, “When we develop our human capital, it is important to consider how job-ready they are; whether they join the public or the private sector, and initiatives of this nature are a good way to ensure that people are empowered and made ready for the vast changes taking place in the environment.”

University Alumni Association President, Boshan Dayaratne said, “We at the Association have been planning on how best we could add value to our graduates. They come from a wide background, some without resources. We are pleased that the business community is willing to give us resources to implement the programme and we are looking forward to supporting the university with our expertise and resources.”

This portal is developed by a set of professionals engaged at SLASSCOM and will continuously be improved, updated and developed with modules useful for a future ready workforce.

The corporate organizations can register in the same platform and conduct head-hunting programs based on the student performances.

Industry mentors are also connected to the grid for students to get recommendations. This is a continuous program that has been projected to run for many years, in all faculties of the University of Colombo with approximately 13,000 students benefiting.


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