Vocational Technology University expands entry routes

Being the only public university that caters to NVQ and GCE A/L students, the University of Vocational Technology (UoVT) is introducing several entry routes expanding its pool of undergraduate students.

Along with the new 2022 intake, these new pathways have been publicly announced to anyone wishing to pursue a student career at a technology university to apply for an internship.

Since 2008, the UoVT has offered several technology-related study programs, the design of which has been mainly based on the subject reference statements.

Developed by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of the University Grants Commission (UGC), these benchmarks recommend five main components such as foundation studies, professional studies, university studies (subject-specific) , electives and internships and field experience.

Bachelor’s degrees

This criterion is important because it describes the landscape of academic and professional knowledge, abilities and attributes of bachelor’s degree recipients.

It helps potential employers and society as a whole to assess the range of their intellectual abilities, their readiness and their prospects in general.

Keeping in mind that demand is high, entry is competitive and only a fraction can be physically absorbed, apparently due to resource constraints, a more liberal and open entry criterion has been newly introduced with l 2022 admission which is delayed by almost a year due to Covid-19.

All degree programs have already been elevated to four-year honors degrees, so anyone pursuing any of the major technology streams such as filmmaking, for example, in detail, is advised to take a course B. Tech (Hons). For a more balanced and multidisciplinary approach, it is best to take a B. Tech (General) course for undergraduate studies.

The Bachelor of Hotel Management is one such degree program that is now elevated to four years with specialization while broadening the scope of the subject, not limiting it to hotel only.

Studying hospitality and tourism management opens the door to a variety of sought-after careers in hotel and resort management, travel consulting, tourist attractions, leisure and events industry and many other related fields.

The hospitality and tourism industry is increasingly focusing on international visitors and looking for ways to partner with the tourism industry. Managers with knowledge of both sectors and able to adapt hospitality services to foreign visitors are in high demand in Sri Lanka and abroad.

Entry requirement includes NVQ Level 5 or 6 in the discipline of Event Management, Hospitality Management or Travel and Tour Management, or an equivalent NVQ qualification in one of the disciplines above, certified by the Sri Lanka Higher and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) or the Certificates and Diplomas Equivalence or Validation Committee of the National Authority for Apprenticeship and Industrial Training (NAITA) or a non-NVQ qualification in the above disciplines with five years of experience as decided by the Academic Council of the University of Vocational Technology or GCE A/L candidates in any stream on z-score priority ( subject to successful completion of the gap-filling program before the start of semester 1).

The technological baccalaureate in film and television production technology is also a four-year specialized degree with an exit at the end of the third year with a general baccalaureate. With a strong emphasis on real-world and real-work experience, this entrepreneurial-focused course provides the skills needed to successfully produce first-class television studios and films.

The degree offers a business approach to television and film production, providing the knowledge and expertise needed to establish a successful career in this dynamic industry. The entry requirement includes NVQ Level 5 or 6 in the discipline of Filmmaking, Television Production, Post-Production, Multimedia, Visual Communication, Photography, Image Art, media, journalism (including film, television, audiovisual production), electronics, telecommunications degree or NVQ equivalent in one of the above disciplines with a course duration of more of one year or more as certified by the Sri Lanka Higher and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) or the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) Certificates and Degrees Equivalence or Validation Committee , or a non-NVQ qualification in one of the above disciplines with a course duration of more than one year or more issued by a recognized government institute with two years of experience, as decided by the Academic Council of the professional university of technology e, or successful GCE A/L candidates in any of the streams including the subject Communication and Media S studies.

All GCE A/L candidates will be subject to successful completion of six months of a weekday gap-filling program including industrial exposure parallel to semester 1 of the degree). All applicants must pass the aptitude test organized by the University of Vocational Technology.

New modality

For the Bachelor of Education in Technology, a new module structure has been introduced to strengthen the existing delivery by rearranging seven key components, namely Technology Modules, Education Specific Modules, Management Modules, Aesthetic Modules ( choice), the end-of-year project, the thesis and the internship, in a different mix.

This new modality has been introduced in three clearly delineated streams, namely Engineering Technology, Biotechnology and Information Technology.

It is hoped that this form of provision will support National Vocational Qualification based technology studies at Levels 4 and 5 where students are first selected from one of the appropriate streams, depending on their GCE Advanced Level studies or the field of study during NVQ 5. Thus, the program has a flexible structure where students are selected for one of the disciplines based on their pre-university studies.

The author is Actg Dean, Faculty of Industrial Technology, University of Vocational Technology

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