A jewel-like island, Sri Lanka lies in the centre of the Indian Ocean between Africa and East Asia. The education system is a source of pride and Sri Lanka has much to offer international students.

Perhaps this is what drives Sri Lanka’s ambition to become the education hub of South Asia, hoping to draw thousands of students from India, Pakistan, China, Africa and beyond. The Sri Lankan government has much work hard to update their higher education facilities and re-vamp their system.

Sri Lanka says it still aims to become an international education hub by 2020, despite signs earlier this year that the plans had stalled. With an eye on regional hubs such as Singapore and Malaysia, The Higher Education Ministry said last month it wanted to attract more foreign branch campuses and convert local universities into world class institutions.

Sri Lanka has a literacy rate of 92%. This is higher than anywhere else in Asia, and is especially high for a developing country. The enrolment rate in  public primary schools reached 99% in 2011, which also highlights the success of the Sri Lankan promotion of education.

Opening of private university has become common phenomenon in educational arena of Sri Lanka. In present context private sector is considered the key factor in the economic development. Private sector involvement is needy executed move to gain sustainable development. Human recourse is the capital for any country to gain development in social, economic and political sectors. There is less possibility to reach the development targets without promoting human resource. Therefore government universities could not pursue this endeavor themselves. Therefore there is no any harm for private sectors to involve in higher education.