Richard Pieris to transform Nawinna to global campus
Richard Pieris Group will shortly transform its thirteen acre Nawinna property to an international university.
This transition will also mean that the head office of the Richard Pieris Group will be relocated at Hyde Park Corner while the industrial establishments within the Nawinna premises currently will be shifted to some of the Group’s industrial sites which are available now.
“We will be tying up with top end British universities and the selection will be made from Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College (University of London), Edinburgh, Durham and Bristol universities, Richard Pieris Group Chairman Dr Sena Yaddehige told Daily News Business.
He has assigned three frontline Vice Chancellors of Sri Lankan universities to conduct negotiations with these universities and the tie up will be subject to only those universities willingness for a partnership.
“I am looking for the correct top-end universities where the graduates passing out of that will be able to rub shoulders with any of the graduates of the frontline universities in any part of the world,” he said.
“When I came to Sri Lanka for the first time, I realized that Nawinna was not the place for industry while I also saw for myself how ill-equipped Sri Lankan graduates were in terms of ability and confidence and that was why I decided to transform Nawinna into an international campus premises,” he said. He also noted that the investment and the infrastructure for the transition was hardly necessary and minimal in the light of the land and the buildings already there. “As for the industries within the Nawinna complex, all which are there will be shifted to the industrial locations of the Group which are already there and in place while the head office will be relocated at Hyde Park Corner,” he said.http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/07/11/bus08.asp