IFS cel­e­brates 20 years of univer­sity col­lab­o­ra­tion

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IFS, a global enterprise soft­ware com­pany that has built sus­tain­able part­ner­ships with lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties in Sri Lanka, re­cently cel­e­brated 20 years of Univer­sity col­lab­o­ra­tion at The Kings­bury Ho­tel in Colombo.

Not only has it grown to be­come a lead­ing soft­ware de­vel­op­ment com­pany, IFS R&D in Sri Lanka has added sig­nif­i­cant value and has been iden­ti­fied as an in­te­gral part of IFS’ global op­er­a­tions.

Speak­ing at this event, IFS World Op­er­a­tions Sri Lanka Head and Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Ranil Ra­japakse said from hum­ble be­gin­nings with just 26 in­di­vid­u­als, the com­pany af­ter 20 years ac­quires over 1000 em­ploy­ees in Sri Lanka and over 3500 glob­ally.

He fur­ther stated that through­out the past two decades IFS has de­vel­oped a sus­tain­able col­lab­o­ra­tion with uni­ver­si­ties within the is­land, ini­ti­at­ing and pro­vid­ing ser­vices such as men­tor­ing pro­grammes, soft-skills de­vel­op­ment, cur­ricu­lum and teach­ing en­hance­ments and gen­er­at­ing in­no­va­tive en­trepreneur­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing this cel­e­bra­tion, fur­ther de­vel­op­men­tal strate­gies were in­cor­po­rated by IFS through en­ter­ing into an agree­ment with the Univer­sity of Mo­ratuwa to estab­lish ‘IFS In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship In­cu­ba­tor’ within univer­sity premises.

“We are al­ready known for our in­no­va­tive and for­ward-think­ing con­cepts in­stilled in our cur­ricu­lum and pro­grammes and through this unique project with IFS, we will be able to grant new op­por­tu­ni­ties to our stu­dents and fur­ther im­prove our in­no­va­tive and lead­er­ship-ori­ented cul­ture,” said Mo­ratuwa Univer­sity Vice Chan­cel­lor Prof. Ananda Jayawar­dane while ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing.

The award­ing of 20 schol­ar­ships to the stu­dents of the Sri Lanka In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (SLIIT) was yet an­other note­wor­thy mo­ment of the event. Speak­ing on be­half of SLIIT was its CEO Prof. Lalith Ga­m­age, who said that IFS through their work­in­te­grated ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem mo­ti­vates and aims to as­sist stu­dents to ob­tain their de­gree qual­i­fi­ca­tions while work­ing which pre­pares them for a chal­leng­ing work­place en­vi­ron­ment in the fu­ture.

Ra­japakse also men­tioned that var­i­ous CSR projects have been ini­ti­ated by IFS such as ba­sic It-train­ing given to 300 tsunami af­fected stu­dents to­gether with the Univer­sity of Ruhuna and for the past two years do­nat­ing a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to chil­dren who were af­fected by the re­cent floods and help­ing them to con­tinue with their school ed­u­ca­tion.

“IFS holds a promis­ing fu­ture and to­gether with the lead­ing lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties, IFS has the re­sources to foster cre­ative think­ing and gen­er­ate in­no­va­tive prod­ucts through its Re­search and De­vel­op­ment cen­tre which will up­lift the IT In­dus­try in Sri Lanka,” said IFS Group Pres­i­dent/ceo Alas­tair Sor­bie.

IFS Group Pres­i­dent/ceo Alas­tair Sor­bie ex­chang­ing the agree­ment with Mo­ratuwau­ni­ver­si­tyvice Chan­cel­lor­prof. Ananda Jayawar­de­naon the es­tab­lish­ment of the ‘IFS In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship In­cu­ba­tor’

Ranil Ra­japakse, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Head of IFS World Op­er­a­tions, Sri Lanka (1) Pix by Waruna Wan­niarachchi

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