UNIVERSAL COLLEGE LANKA (UCL) CELEBRATING OUR SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR IN VALUE ADDED
EDUCATION
Universal College Lanka (UCL) celebrated its first year anniversary on the 6th of October 2016. Situated in one of the
spectacular locations in Rajagiriya, overlooking the beautiful ‘Diyawanna Lake’ and in the hub of the busy city, UCL is one
of the best emerging tertiary institutes in Sri Lanka at the moment. The first anniversary marks a significant milestone in
its history and the UCL team is proud to look back over the one-year journey filled with great academic achievements, new
partnerships and dreams fulfilled.
Formed by three principals - South Asian businessman, Mr. Bob Kundanmal; Chairman of Gateway Group of Organizations,
Dr. Harsha Alles and the Boston Consulting Group Partner and Managing Director, Mr. Zarif Munir UCL is Sri Lankas’
exclusive partner to Monash College Australia to offer the Monash College Foundation Year (MUFY) and the Diploma
programmes in Business and Engineering (both IT and Engineering streams). It is a part of Eduko Lanka that aims to shape
the local education system by developing educators and innovative teaching practices alongside strong industry
collaborations.
Looking back at the one-year journey of UCL, it is not an exaggeration
to say that it has achieved tremendous success within a short period
of time. Apart from giving the students a direct entry pathway to one
of the top 100 universities in the world, UCL succeeded in producing
five world toppers in the year 2016. In the first semester itself Binura
Gunasekara and Malisha Samarasekara were able to win the world
prizes for: Computing for Engineers and Chemistry, respectively.
Summarising Diploma performances in the first term; 100% pass rate
was achieved in 7 units out of 9 units delivered. Continuing its
success, UCL students were yet again successful in attaining three
further world prizes in the second term. The three world prizes were obtained by: Randhita Nanayakkara -
Microeconomics, Anuradha Adikaram - Microeconomics and Ashfaq Ahamed - Physics. Similar to the first term, second
term also had 100% pass rate in 12 units out of 18 units delivered. The pass rates and the outcome of the examinations
reveal the standard and the professionalism in the manner in which exams are conducted.
What makes UCL different from other tertiary institutes is that it gives the students a unique opportunity of a guaranteed
entry to Monash University which has the academic ranking of 79 among world universities in 2016. In addition, with the
foundation year (MUFY) offered at UCL, students are provided with the opportunity to continue their studies at any
Australian university. UCL is becoming students’ first choice in starting their Australian degree due to: superior academic
delivery through the highly qualified, experienced and committed panel of lecturers; small classrooms with individual
attention to the students; the teaching and learning methods which are provided with individual attention to the students.
The teaching and learning methods are of International standard and it is in par with our partner institutions.
In her message on the first anniversary of UCL, Jo Mithen CEO, Monash College, Melbourne,
Australia said, “It’s my great pleasure actually to be able to send a message of recognition for UCL on
the celebration of their first anniversary as the provider of Monash College programmes in Colombo,
Sri Lanka. UCL set-out just over a year ago with the vision to provide outstanding education in a first-
class facility in the middle of Colombo in support of students from Sri Lanka attempting to study
overseas. And Monash College has been very proud to partner with UCL in achieving that vision. We
are very excited that a mere 12 months later, there are close to 150 students enrolled across the
entire product offering. And in addition to that the academic performance of the students who are
partway through the programme is exceptionally strong. With pass rates above 90% and a high
number of students achieving both distinctions and higher-distinctions in their subjects. Monash University is one of the
world’s top 100 universities, so academic excellence is something which we encourage and celebrate. And it’s a wonderful
testament to the investments and the commitment of UCL that their results have been so strong in just a space of one
year. So on behalf of the entire team at Monash College and Monash University, I like to congratulate the team on a job
well done. I like to wish the students the very best of luck. And we look forward to seeing you here in Melbourne in some
future date. Thank you!”
In his message on the first year anniversary, Educationist Dr. Harsha Alles (Director UCL), said, “UCL
was established with a vision of bringing the best of global education opportunities to the youth in
the region. During the last one year UCL has secured exclusive partnerships with leading institutions
including Monash College Australia, Nottingham University Malaysia and University of Central
Lancashire, UK. Our partners are globally known for their quality of education and the employability
of graduates and at UCL we ensure we groom our students to exceed the standards of our partner
institutions. The academic achievements recorded during the year are clear testaments to our
commitment towards the mission of nurturing, young aspiring students to become visionary leaders,
innovators, entrepreneurs and game changers of tomorrow.”
The CEO of UCL, Mr. Lasantha De Silva in his message said, “Our goal is to offer the best education
in the Sri Lankan education market, through unique partnerships that create unmatched
opportunities, not only for the Sri Lankan youth but also for whole of South Asia”. Commenting on
the Australian partner, he stated; “Choosing Monash as UCL’s first strategic partner is largely due to
the facts that Australia is one of the most preferred destinations for Sri Lankans to study or work;
timely and high quality of education; cultural diversity and the government’s contribution towards
scientific research. Revealing their future plans, he further added; “One of our prime initiatives is to
produce work-ready graduates partnering with globally accredited academic and professional bodies so that UCL students
could gain a world renowned professional qualification whilst reading for their academic qualifications, thereby
benefitting both students and employers”.
Dr. Dhananjay Kulkarni, Dean of UCL in his message said, “At UCL, we strive for Academic
Excellence. There is high academic rigor in all aspects of teaching, support and counseling we
provide to our students. UCL lecturers are world-class; with either PhD or MSc/MBA qualifications
and having either studied or taught at reputed US, UK or Australian Universities during their careers.
All lecturers are based on campus and practice an open-door policy to meet with students for any
support and clarifications needed. These key elements in one place have surely set us apart as an
academic institution which meets global standards. Our vision and drive for Academic Excellence
has resulted in very good outcomes so far in the first year of our operation, with 5 world prizes, high overall pass rates,
and most completing students receiving offers to join Monash University to do the degrees of their choice.”
Notable Statistics
Monash University Foundation Year
• 91% Pass rate in all units delivered
• 44% students with Higher Distinctions
Monash College Diplomas’
• 5 World Prizes
• 37% students with Higher Distinctions
• UCL pass rate is #1 world-wide in 14 (of 18) units which are delivered by all MC providers
• UCL pass rate is #2 world-wide in 4 (of 18) units which are delivered by all MC providers
Riding on the successful delivery of the Monash programmes, and taking another invigorating step forward in line with
their vision, UCL launched two new partnerships recently. University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus provides a degree
pathway for students with the opportunity to read for their undergraduate degree in Business and Psychology, creating a
new trend in the Sri Lankan Higher Education industry. This new one-year Diploma programme in partnership with
Pearson Education, the ‘Professional Diploma in Psychology and Business’ will lead the students to complete the degree in
Applied Psychology and Management from UNMC. The partnership with University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is to
offer full Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research programmes in Sri Lanka. The Centre for World University Rankings
2016 (CWUR) increased the global value of UCLan by ranking it in the top 3.7% of all worldwide universities. It is also
ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide for the number of international students it accommodates.
Opening doors to those students aspiring to start their higher education qualifications from a reputed university right here
in Sri Lanka, UCL provides opportunities for you to embark on your dream at an affordable investment while experiencing
the same quality of education and learning experience. With quality assurance being the core of UCL, a highly qualified
and experienced panel of lecturers and a state-of-the-art facility in Colombo, the students’ learning experience at UCL will
gear them to be world-class professionals.
Write to UCL on info@ucl.lk or contact us on 0774 777 000 for further information. You are also welcome to visit us at UCL
#503, Sri Jayewardenepura Mawatha, Rajagiriya