The Sunday Leader

SL Preferred Over India

Left to right: Adventus Education’s Student Adviser Australia Ms. Dionne Gregory, Student Adviser USA and Canada Ms. Indi Ariyawansa, Student Adviser UK Ms. Shivani Perera, CEO Christopher Price, Customer Service Executive Ms. Rozanne Fernando, Processes and Projects Head Ms. Anurangi Jayathilake and Country Director Vajira Wijesuriya.

A UK based higher education advisory set up office in Sri Lanka with long term plans to service the region, including that of South India because it preferred local employees to that of Indians, one of its managers told this reporter at its official launch here on Thursday (October 24).

Christopher Price, director/CEO Adventus Education, said that the reason why they chose Sri Lanka over South India was because he preferred Sri Lankan employees to that of Indians. This is despite the fact that Tamil Nadu has three times that of Sri Lanka’s population, a figure of 60 million, and, ipso facto, a bigger market than that of Sri Lanka’s.

“I have been all over India,” said Price. “You may say I have a bias over Sri Lanka,” he added.

Adventus Education which has commercial relationships with over 250 higher educational and vocational training institutes in the UK, North America and Australia-New Zealand and even similar institutions in Asia such as in China, is the only UK education consultancy with an office in Colombo, said Price.

Additionally Adventus has offices in the UK and Australia.

He said that Adventus set-up office in Colombo in February. It has since dispatched some 25 local students overseas. The institute also plans to have outreach programmes to Kandy and Jaffna.

Price thought that the higher education sector here would be opened up so that foreign universities too would be able to set up branches in Sri Lanka, opening up other opportunities to Adventus.

“I think the market would open up,” he said.

On the quality of education provided by their partners? Price said that they represent some of the top universities, with a number of them certified for quality.

When asked the question as to whether the local market was already saturated, and on that basis as to whether Adventus moved to Sri Lanka late? Price said that they were advisers and not providers of higher education.  This question however appeared to have had taken him off guard.

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