Higher education ministry benefits from foreign students
June 6, 2012
The Higher Education Ministry had earned USD 364,780 and LKR 82, 800 from 174 foreign students enrolled in various local universities for first degree programmes last year, Parliament was informed yesterday.

Besides, US $ 190,942 and Rs. 1,684,035 had also been earned from such students enrolled in post graduate institutions.

Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardene revealed this in the House in response to a question by UNP MP Ajith P. Perera.

Mr. Perera asked whether foreign students were given leadership training.

“The government gives military training to local students in the guise of leadership training. Yet, foreign students are barred from it,” he said.

Mr. Gunawardene said foreign students were enrolled shortly before the commencement of their degree courses, therefore there was no time to give them leadership training. He said the government had now embarked on a leadership training programme for the development of values of students. The UNP MP disagreed with it and said such training would not be compatible with any educational principle and so it should not be given to foreign or local students.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka