Raffles celebrates 3 years of operations in Sri Lanka


23 years old largest private education provider in Asia Pacific focus on Sri Lanka.

16th July 2013 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Raffles Colombo, a unique education provider in Sri Lanka specializing in Art & Design, will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary of operations in Sri Lanka. Raffles Colombo has been offering Advanced Diploma courses that have been approved by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) of Sri Lanka – a statutory body established under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skill Development since March 2011.

Raffles Colombo is a part of Raffles Education Corporation Limited which is the largest private education group in Asia-Pacific. Since establishing its first college in Singapore in 1990, the Group has grown to operate 33 colleges in 30 cities across 11 countries in Asia Pacific: Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. More than 21,700 students enrolled in RafflesEducationCorp’s tertiary programmes benefit from a quality education that provides graduates with a well-rounded hands-on experience relevant to the industry.

Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Gluc, Vice President of Raffles Colombo with a background of 22 years teaching and managing in the higher education industry in Poland and the USA reiterated, “Our commitment at Raffles Colombo is to afford our students a high quality education that provides our Graduates with a well-rounded hands-on learning experience that is relevant to the Sri Lankan and global industry.”
In furtherance of the Institute’s commitment to provide quality education services in Sri Lanka, they have entered into an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) to establish and build a higher education institute in Sri Lanka. In this connection, Raffles has committed to invest a sum of US$ 70 million in the project. In the meantime, an application has been made to the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka (“MOHE”) for degree awarding status to be granted to Raffles and the Institute has thus far been granted in-principle approval in respect thereof.

Raffles is located in the heart of Colombo city and offers state-of-the-art facilities for local and international students. The Institute offers courses in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Multimedia Design and Fashion Marketing & Management.
“Raffles has continued its dedication to provide quality education with strict selection of academia on site” said Associate Prof. Julie Ross who has over 10 years of teaching experience and educational stints in England and Kenya. Raffles academia team also includes the world renowned Sri Lanka-born international fashion designer who dressed Hollywood stars such as Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Sandra Bullock, as well as Miss America 2008, Miss USA 2007 and many others in Asia. He has also been a creative advisor for many organizations in Sri Lanka. Dinesh vast knowledge in fashion and experience in working at some of the world’s major fashion capitals such as London, Paris and Los Angeles has been an invaluable asset to the students.
Raffles College of Design and Commerce (RCDC) is a university-level institution listed on the register of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) of Australia. The degrees awarded by RCDC are accredited by the Australian Government through TEQSA and are recognized by all Australian universities. RCDC degrees also comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). RCDC is also listed through the Australian Government’s Department of Education with CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students). The degrees awarded by RCDC are recognized internationally through articulation agreements and in fact many of our graduate students have been enrolled in universities in the United Kingdom and the USA for higher & further studies.

With a heritage of close to 30 years, the Group has today three university-level institutions that are in Australia, China and Malaysia. These establishments are fully recognized as degree-awarding establishments in their respective countries having obtained the necessary approvals from their host countries and having complied with the quality assurance agencies in their respective countries. In Malaysia, Raffles University Iskandar is a fully-fledged University, approved by the relevant government authority of Malaysia. In Thailand, Raffles is in the process of being upgraded to university college status by the Thai authorities.

The Raffles University System is established to oversee curriculum, pedagogy, quality assurance and academic human resource development of the Group. External oversight of quality assurance is carried out through the engagement of external examiners of international repute who will, inter alia, provide independent benchmarking of our academic quality. This is over and above the mandatory quality and compliance audits imposed by the respective education ministries in various countries.

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