The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has praised the launch of the University of Central Lancashire's new Sri Lanka campus which will open to students in 2015.
This will be the first overseas campus to open in South Asia and will bring UK expertise and standards of excellence to the region.
The School of Sport Tourism and The Outdoors will deliver a range of courses at the new campus, and Internationalisation Lead Jackie Day said it was a huge boost for the School and the University: "We are looking forward to developing high quality courses in the areas of tourism, hospitality, event management and sport from our school to be delivered at the new campus and provide a superlative British student experience in Sri Lanka."
British qualifications are the most sought after in Sri Lanka, with students and parents seeking British education from primary level to higher education. Approximately 8,000 young Sri Lankans obtain UK school qualifications each year, while 35,000 acquire professional qualifications through the British Council.
The Foreign Secretary unveiled the plaque for the campus and said: "I am pleased to take part in the launch of the University Of Central Lancashire campus in Sri Lanka, marking the significant strengthening of educational links between the people of Britain and Sri Lanka. Education is a significant factor in building peace and stability and this British new campus should be celebrated."
Malcolm McVicar, UCLan’s Group Chief Executive commented: "The University Group has an ambitious internationalisation strategy and is delighted at the support it is receiving in Sri Lanka to take this exciting project forward. UCLan Sri Lanka will complement the work of existing universities and bring new opportunities for individual students."