Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Geoff Petts, joined the British High Commissioner as guest of honour at the celebratory event, which was held at the High Commissioner's residence on Friday 2 October.

The British High Commissioner congratulated the Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) for its contribution to local private higher education in Sri Lanka for the past 25 years.

Professor Petts praised IIT and their students, saying: “IIT students continue to secure international recognition for their outstanding achievements in the development of new software tools, often exceeding the achievements of graduates of other universities. The notable achievement of IIT students in 2015 include their winning for the second year running in the Microsoft Imagine Cup, which challenges students to find creative solutions to today’s challenges in the categories of World Citizenship, Innovation and Games. The Google Summer of Code competitions also secured three winners for IIT in the development of free open source software.”

The University is the IIT’s academic partner, where the IIT is the International Teaching Partner to deliver programmes in Sri Lanka offered by the Faculty of Science and Technology. All programmes offered are regulated by the University.

Professor Geoff Petts and Jane Lewis, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Westminster, delivered presentations at the event. Following the convocation a reception was given at the British Embassy, attended by several minsters as well as high profile alumni.

The visit further highlights the strength of our international reputation. The University is building on its international partnerships with recent signings of Memoranda of Understanding with several international universities.

The outcomes of these partnerships will help to deliver the University’s Global Engagement Strategy. The partnership work is likely to include a focus on student progression, exchange and summer school programmes, research activities and academic projects.

Our international partnerships are key to ensuring that the University is operating in a fully global environment, engaging with and helping to shape the future of the worldwide community. View our existing partner institutions and read more about Global Westminster, which is a key element of our Westminster 2020 Strategy.

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