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IIHS launches the 1st International MSc (Health Administration) Programme in Lanka Sunday, September 01, 2013

International Institute of Health Sciences (www.iihsciences.com) country’s premier healthcare training institute launches the 1st International Executive MSc (Health Administration) programme in Sri Lanka in collaboration with AeU Malaysia. Launching ceremony of the program was held in Colombo with the participation of Aisa e University Representatives & many figureheads in the Sri Lankan Health Administration arena.

Malaysian High Commissioner HE Azmi Zainuddin was the chief guest at the launching ceremony & Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva- Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka was the guest of honour of the event.

Developed for both mid-career clinical and management professionals, the 18 month Executive MSc (Health Administration) program delivers a transformative graduate level educational experience designed to prepare the nation’s leading Healthcare Administrators.

Prof. Mak Chai – Vice-President International and Quality Asia e University

HE The Malaysian High Commissioner lightning the oil lamp

Dr. Neelamani Rajapaksa-Hewageegama – Director, Health Education Bureau

Dr. Sajeeva Narangoda - Director/ General Manager – Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe-Deputy Chairman IIHS presenting a token of Appreciation to HE Malaysian High Commissioner

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe-Deputy Chairman IIHS presenting a token of Appreciation to Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva

IIHS staff & AeU representatives with Dr. Amal Harsha- Additional Secretary Ministry of Health Sri Lanka.

 

IIHS organizes the 1st International Nursing Research Forum in Sri Lanka Sunday, June 02, 2013

A historical contribution towards uplifting the Nursing profession in Sri Lanka

The 1st International Nursing Research Conference in Sri Lanka was successfully conducted by International Institute of Health

Sciences (www.iihsciences.com) last week with the participation of an Eminent Panel of top university delegates from Australia, UK & Malaysia.  This event was a result of the efforts of the IIHS team with the directions of Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, the Deputy Chairman of IIHS. The conference was supported by the Australian Trade Commission, Australia Future Unlimited under the guidance of Mr.David Samuels, Business Development Manager Austrade and endorsed by the Department of Health Western Province, Sri Lanka. The

Research forum attendees with the eminent panel of speakers

occasion was graced by HE Acting Australian High Commissioner; Ms Sonya Koppe and Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health. As a result of the strong international relationships that IIHS possesses, the conference was enlightened by experts in nursing research and the participants were guided through the complete research process.

The speakers were Prof. Rose McEldowney, the Head, School of Health, Charles Darwin University, Australia; Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, MD, Deputy Chairman of IIHS; Assoc. Prof. Faridah Hashim, Head, Faculty of Nursing, Open University Malaysia; Ms. Sue Randall, Senior Lecturer, Co-Course Director for Foundation Degree in Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, UK; Dr. Virginia Dickson-Swift, Head, Department of Health & Environment, LaTrobe University, Australia; Ms. Glenda Whiting, Principal Lecturer – Health, TAFE South Australia and Dr. Nihal De Silva, Former Associate Prof. Stanford University-USA and present Dean of IIHS.

The importance of this conference cannot be underestimated as it is a step towards uplifting professional standards in nursing and allied health care, and in status building for the profession and creating a critical thinking nurse, who is well equipped to face the challenges in nursing today.

This highly qualified panel of experts succinctly explained the research process and above all planted a desire in the hearts of the participants to explore evidence based practice through research. As was highlighted by Dr. K. Edirisinghe, this served as an ‘incubator’ for continuous professional development.

A number of veterans from the Sri Lankan Nursing arena participated, including Director Nursing – Sri Lanka; Ms. L. Abeygunawardena, CNOs, Nursing school principals including; Ms. Rupa Pathmini Menike, Ms. Ashoka Abeynayake, Ms. Lalitha Peiris, NTS lecturers, nursing students and representatives from the Asiri Group of Hospitals including the CNO; Ms. Waruni Navodya and representatives of government hospitals including the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.

This proved to be a marvelous platform for nurses and allied health professionals at every stage of their academic and professional career from the student to the doctorate level to disseminate their research findings. IIHS gave the opportunity for them to grab the expertise of professionals in their field on the second day of the conference.

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe presenting a token of Appreciation to the Chief Guest Her Excellence, Acting Australian High Commissioner – Ms Sonya Koppe

There were 30 presenters from Diploma level students to PhD level students and they were evaluated by an eminent panel. The forum also provided an opportunity for poster presentations which is the latest trend for presenting research and it has expanded in to field of physiotherapy as well as giving the diploma level of physiotherapy students an opening to perform in this research forum.

It made the platform for the 1st Government nursing officer to win the award of an international research. Rixy Lasanthi Dassanayake, a nursing officer of National Hospital of Sri Lanka won the gold medal for the best poster presentation; she said that this is a lifelong experience for all the Sri Lankan Nurses to uplift their knowledge on Research. Manchulaa Navaratnasingham; won the gold award for paper presentation, was the 1st physiotherapy student to achieve this at an international conference. There were diploma level students of IIHS who secured awards for their presentation including Sashya Kandeanarachchi; silver award winner for paper presentation, Puneesha Pasqual; bronze award winner for paper presentation, and Chathuran Herath, Gayan Wijewardana & Shafin Majid won the bronze award for poster presentation. Puneesha Pasquel, who won the bronze award, said that it was an incubator to demonstrate their Research skills in front of an eminent panel and get their valued ideas to further strengthen their skills. A number of government sector nurses currently completing their undergraduate studies also presented, while a PhD undergraduate thesis was also presented by a Malaysian student. For the first time in the history of Maldives, two Maldivian students of IIHS; Shamna Aishath & Abdul Razzaag Buthoola won the silver award for poster presentation. According to them it was a great opportunity provided by IIHS to represent the Research Forum as international students and to sharpen their analytical skills. These students were very grateful for the opportunity to present their work which is undoubtedly a major opportunity for personal growth. All the presenters were also highly commended for the quality and depth of their research by the reputed panelists present on that day. Other presenters included Bachelor of Science, Nursing graduates from the Universities of Sri Jayewardenepura and Peradeniya. This forum also provided an opportunity for stimulating critical thought among the attendees from nurses’ training schools and the Asiri Group of Hospitals.
The 1st International Nursing Research Conference in Sri Lanka was a historical step that gave the opportunity for representatives from government sector, private sector, Nursing schools and so on to get an exposure to the International Nursing Arena and to exchange their thoughts. It was interesting that a private sector organization would do so as shown by the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva. In his speech at the inauguration of the event, he highly valued the move to conduct such a conference specifically for nurses establishing that research in healthcare is not limited to doctors. Rev. Sister Geraldine, the Head of Nursing at IIHS also stated that research is central to modern nursing practice.

IIHS (www.iihsciences.com) as the premier healthcare training institute in Sri Lanka delivers program in the field of Nursing ranging from Diploma to Masters level in collaboration with Deakin University Australia, ECU Australia, Tafe South Australia and Open University Malaysia. All these avenues fulfill the vision of IIHS to be the heart of innovative development of healthcare professionals for the globe.

The importance of this conference cannot be underestimated as it is a step towards uplifting professional standards in nursing and allied health care, and in status building for the profession and creating a critical thinking nurse, who is well equipped to face the challenges in nursing today
 
IIHS Nursing Student Puneesha speaks of her career dreams Sunday, September 09, 2012

“I am Puneesha Onali Pasqual, a 17 year old former student of Musaeus College. I joined Musaeus in 1999 and during the 13 years I was at school, I had a lot of fond memories which I cherish. I was always involved in sports and extra-curricular activities such as Badminton, Athletics, Music and Arts. Badminton was my main priority, as since the age of seven I have represented the school at Badminton. I have been a member of the school Badminton team in all age groups including 2009, when the school won the All-Island under 19 Championship. My most memorable moment was when I got selected to the Sri Lankan senior national squad in 2009. I represented Sri Lanka many times which gave me lots of opportunities to travel to many different countries. Other than badminton I did long distance track events for the school athletics team. My childhood ambition was to represent Sri Lanka at Badminton, which I achieved during my school career.

After my O/L examination I had a second ambition to get selected as a medical student with the aim of becoming a Doctor. Therefore I started doing London A/L’s in the Science stream, but as it takes another three years’ time for me to complete it, myself and my parents had a lot of discussions, attended seminars, education exhibitions and visited several institutions before finally selecting IIHS one of the premier Healthcare Training institutes in Sri Lanka. The IIHS official website (www.iihsciences.com) was very helpful as it gave me the main facts about the institute and the programmes they offer. We visited IIHS and got all the relevant information about the programmes and finally selected the ‘Diploma in General Nursing’ Programme (A pathway towards Bachelor of Nursing Deakin University- Australia) as the programme which best suited me to achieve my career dream. Therefore I got myself enrolled at IIHS. As instructed by IIHS, I’m also following an Australian recognized foundation programme equivalent to A/L’s as I did not sit my A/Ls and the flexible time schedules of IIHS allows me to continue both programmes simultaneously.

Although IIHS is primarily an institution offering Diplomas in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Biotechnology, and Health Management, it offers pathways to Degrees and Masters from Australian and American Universities. The Diploma in General Nursing programme I selected also offers a pathway, where upon completion of the Diploma I can directly join the final year of the Nursing BSc Degree at Deakin University, Melbourne. When comparing with other educational institutes the tuition fees are so affordable and reasonable at IIHS and while doing my degree I will also get an opportunity to enhance my clinical skills at the Asiri Hospital chain from the second year onwards.

On completion of the final year of the Bachelor of Nursing programme at Deakin University my ambition is to sit for the GAMSAT examination & join the 04 year Graduate Entry Medicine programme at Deakin University, ending up as an Australian qualified Doctor. As you all know there are many foreign Medicine programmes all around the world but finding an international level quality programme would be a challenging one.

The Deakin University Bachelor of Nursing programme conducted at IIHS is a 3+1 pathway programme where students could complete 03 years in Sri Lanka and the final year in Deakin University. By completing 03 years of the degree in Sri Lanka, students save nearly 10 million Sri Lankan rupees in terms of university and accommodation fees. Upon completion of the BSc Nursing Degree, students are eligible to obtain registration on the Australian Nursing Board as Registered Nurses. So the student who aspires to start a career in Nursing can be employable internationally with this qualification leading to high salary scales and perks internationally.

“This is a wonderful opportunity I got and I had no hesitation in deciding to enroll at IIHS, as it helps me to fulfill my dream with lot of other benefits. So I invite you also to join the Nursing programmes at IIHS and become and internationally qualified nursing professional�”

Registrations are now open for a limited number of 15 seats for the 2012 intake of Deakin University Bachelor of Nursing programme. More information could be obtained from IIHS at No. 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara or from IIHS Hotline- 0114 651144, Kushan- 0772 923131 or from Amila- 0773 114381 or from their website- www.iihsciences.com

 
IIHS Physiotherapy Student Roshan speaks of his study experiences in the US Sunday, September 16, 2012

International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) the premier healthcare education provider in Sri Lanka is the 01st and only institute in the Sri Lankan healthcare education market to train and send Physiotherapy students for higher studies to the USA. The 01st batch of IIHS Physiotherapy students transferred to State University of New York, USA for the final year of the Associate Degree in Physical Therapy through IIHS in August this year, after completing their two years studies in Sri Lanka at IIHS.

Roshan Indika Peiris was the best performing student during his studies back in Sri Lanka at IIHS with the highest GPA of 3.6 and won the “Cyril Surasinghe Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Student”. For this high achievement in academics, he was also awarded with a USD 4,000 scholarship from the State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton). His batch mates too obtained scholarships of more than 30% of the university payments, as all of them achieved very high GPA scores.

Roshan shared his thoughts and experience about the program as follows. “My name is Roshan Indika Peiris. My father is a businessman, mother is a house wife and my only sister is studying in grade twelve. I obtained my primary education at Akuramboda Central College and then at President’s College in Avissawella. In 1998 I was selected to Rajasinghe Central College for further education through the grade five scholarship examination, and that’s where I completed my secondary education.

With the intention of becoming a Doctor, I did my Advanced Level in the Biology stream in August 2007. Though I worked hard I did not qualify for university entrance to fulfill my desire. As I fell short of university entrance again in 2009, I decided to accomplish my dream to become a doctor by following a private university programme. During this period I got to know about the increasing demand in the field of ‘Physiotherapy’ the world over. With that I became interested in Physiotherapy, and decided to become a Physiotherapist. I realized that the need for Physiotherapists are much more than most of the other professions.

Fortunately I got to know about the International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) located in Welisara, an institute which offers various kinds of Healthcare Diplomas and Degrees, and also provides precious opportunities to study overseas. I joined IIHS in September 2009 for the Diploma in Physiotherapy, which was one of the most definitive milestones in my life. The programme is a three year Diploma, where after two years the students could transfer their credits to the final year of the Associate Degree in Physical Therapy. It was quite difficult for me to study medical subjects, because there were lots to memorize and sometimes there were things which were difficult to understand, especially the theories related to various physiologies. But fortunately IIHS has amazing lecturers and a staff who helped me to overcome all my difficulties.

Further I would like to reveal, within the past years of my college life, I learned many things, and I have improved my abilities in many ways such as, knowledge about physical therapy, presentation skills, scientific research methodology, personality, attitudes and behaviours and the passion of working to achieve a set target. As a part of the programme our batch went through several online exams and practical evaluations that were conducted by SUNY Canton. Those exams were evaluated by the same professors, who are currently teaching us in the University. It was an amazing experience for all of us to perform in front of renowned professors, and the things we learned from them were remarkable. Also we were fortunate enough to have a good practical experience through the newly established, fully equipped, modern Physiotherapy Department of IIHS, “IMPULSE”.

The knowledge I gathered through my studies at IIHS and the practical exposure I got through “Impulse” adequately prepared me and gave me the confidence to study in USA and all my batch mates also feel the same. We are currently studying with the local students in USA and other international students and it’s wonderful to share the multicultural values amongst us. We have all performed really well during our examinations/assignments in USA and we have already set an example for our peers at SUNY Canton and made our motherland proud. We are expecting to perform well and to complete the Associate Degree and sit for the Physical Therapy Assistant licensing examination in USA. Afterwards my intension is to complete the Bachelors and also to continue my academic pathway up to the DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) qualification as well in USA. All staff and lecturers at IIHS and SUNY Canton are really great and they help us in every way they can. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Deputy Chairman of IIHS for his guidance and for creating this opportunity for us. I would also like to say a special thank you to Ms. Marela Fiacco Director of International Programmes who helped us immensely during the application process, accommodation and orientation and Dr. Deborah Molna- PTA Programme Director at SUNY Canton who has been a great asset to us.

I have now seen all the advanced mechanisms and treatment used in USA and my objective is to become an internationally qualified physical therapist and come back to my motherland, to serve the disabled and the people-in-need with modern technology, up-to-date knowledge and a kind heart. If you have the same passion to become a world class Physiotherapist join IIHS to make your dreams a reality.

Registrations are now on for the October 2012 intake of Associate Degree in Physical Therapy programme. More information could be obtained from IIHS at No. 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara or from Hotline- 0114651144, Kushan- 0774142398, Sandamali- 0727115114, Amila- 0773114381 or Website- www.iihsciences.com

 

“Building Caring Minds for the World” IIHS Graduation Ceremony 2012 Sunday, January 06, 2013

Hon Dr. Sarath Amunugama,�Senior Minister of International Monitory Corporation and Deputy Minister of Finance�& Planning graced the IIHS Graduation Ceremony on 3rd December, 2012 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo. Twenty students graduated as Postgraduate Diploma holders in Hospital Administration�pathway for the final year of the Master of Health Services Management at ECU & La Trobe University Australia. Students who completed a three year diploma in pharmacy were awarded their diplomas while students completing a three year Diploma in General Nursing were awarded their diplomas and would be moving to Deakin University, Australia to complete the final year of their Bachelors.

A further fifteen students were recognized for completing one year of their Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) program and will be completing the Diploma at TAFE South Australia. Students of the Laboratory Technology (specializing in Biotechnology) program received their certificates for completing the first year of their program and they too would be moving to Australia to complete their diploma at the Box Hill TAFE Institute in Melbourne.

Students from the Diploma in Physiotherapy program moving on the Associate Degree in Physical Therapy in State University of New York (SUNY), Canton were also felicitated at this event.

Ms. Sonya Boylan 1st Secretary Immigration- Australian High Commission Colombo addressing the gathering

Dr. Amal Harsha Provincial Director of Health Western Province presenting awards

Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara, Director GSM presenting awards

Mr. Eastman Narangoda Former Chairman Seylan Bank presenting awards

Ms.Harriet Gardner Assistant Director British Council presenting certificates

Rohitha Jayasinghe was awarded the Most Outstanding Student-Diploma in Pharmacy

Shehani Niranga was awarded the Most Outstanding Student-Enrolled Nursing

Piumi Dinusha was awarded the Most Outstanding Student-Biotechnology 2012

Kasun Anuradha was awarded the Special Award 2012 for Extracurricular Events

Vidyajyothi Prof. Rezvi Sheriff, Senior Professor of Medicine, University of Colombo, Consultant Physician and Nephrologists awarded the Most Outstanding student 2012 Award to Preethi Kumari

Graduates- Postgraduate Diploma in Hospital Administration

Graduates- Diploma in General Nursing Deakin University Pathway & Diploma in Physiotherapy SUNY Canton USA pathway & Diploma in Pharmacy

Nursing & Biotechnology graduates transferring to TAFE SA & Box Hill Institute in Australia

The chief guest Hon Dr. Sarath Amunugama , Senior Minister of International Monitory corporation and Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning lighting the oil lamp


 

IIHS “Dawn of Christmas” Sunday January 08, 2012

The “Dawn of Christmas” which was organized by the student council & staff of IIHS was a great success bringing out talents of students who are following courses in Nursing, Physiotherapy & Biotechnology.

The fashion show was the highlight of the event, exposing the social talents of the students groomed to become International Healthcare Professionals. “It is not only necessary to enrich students with knowledge, but is also vital that they are given an opportunity to improve their skills to cope up with the competitive world. The students were part of the organizing committee & the event was conducted in a very professional and unbelievably exciting manner. says Ms. Nishani Kulatunga, Campus Director of IIHS.

 
IIHS welcomes the President of Open University Malaysia Sunday, February 10, 2013

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali, President/Vice Chancellor of Open University Malaysia (OUM) paid his inaugural visit to IIHS, along with the Vice president Mr. Repin Ibrahim on the 31st of January 2013 to further strengthen the relationship between the two institutes. This occasion was graced by Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Provincial Director of Health-Western Province, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka, and other distinguished guests such as Prof. J.N.O. Fernando, Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara and Prof. Bhathiya Karunarathna.
The Open University Malaysia (OUM) is a university jointly owned by a consortium of 11 major public universities in Malaysia.Operating as a private university, OUM capitalizes on digital technological advancements to offer open and distance learning to learners anytime, anywhere. It delivers a wide variety of higher degrees in key disciplines of study including Nursing Science, Social Science, Humanities, Management, Education, Technology and Professional Studies. OUM currently consist of a student base of over 35,000 and also a cumulative enrollment figure of over 110,000 students during the past 11 years of operations.

Apart from its 60 learning centers onshore in Malaysia OUM has several International Centers in countries like Ghana, Hungary, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. IIHS (www.iihsciences.com) is OUM’s 1st international center as well as the only healthcare partner in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Nihal De Silva Dean of IIHS awarding a token of Appreciation to President of OUM

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Deputy Chairman of IIHS welcomed the distinguished OUM delegation and appreciated the support extended towards this successful collaboration which has enhanced the nursing education at a national level. He further elaborated on the contribution made by OUM and IIHS towards the Nursing profession in Sri Lanka through the Bachelors and Masters in Nursing programmes. Dr. Edirisinghe also briefed the audience about the plan to conduct the PhD programme in Nursing in the coming years. Dr. Edirisinghe also briefed the gathering regarding the first ever Professional Health Forum for Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professional to be conducted in Sri Lanka in April 2013, organized by IIHS. He invited all national and international Nursing professional to participate in this forum, which consists of a workshop in research and a research forum for publications.

Dr. Nihal de Silva, Dean of IIHS described the humble beginnings of IIHS as ACHS 10 years ago, and went on to describe the progress made thus far. He thanked all those who supported this progression, such as Dr. Leonard Ranasinghe, Dr. Julia Pierce of USA and Dr.

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali President of OUM awarding a token of appreciation to Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe-Deputy Chairman IIHS

Amal Harsha De Silva. He further stated that he was very proud that more than 15 universities have now recognized IIHS, which initially started in Kandy as a social project. Dr. de Silva emphasized the value of training nurses for the global market and stated that the dream of the founders’ of contributing towards portraying Sri Lanka as suppliers of skilled labour is now coming true.

Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, stated that IIHS was one of the best training institutes in Sri Lanka today and he urged the youth of Sri Lanka to take on the global opportunities available for trained healthcare professional. He further appreciated the efforts made by IIHS and OUM to uplift the profession of nursing in Sri Lanka.

IIHS Student, government Nursing Officer Mr.Pradeep Samanjeewa addressing the gathering.

Mr. Pradeep Samanjeewa, Nursing Officer of Teaching Hospital Karapitiya and Mrs. Himali Ward In-charge Nurse of Lanka Hospitals, Colombo, both who are undergraduates of the BNS programme, shared their experiences with the audience. They appreciated the efforts made by both OUM and IIHS to deliver an affordable and high quality program for Sri Lankan nurses.

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali stated that he was impressed to hear of the experiences of the Sri Lankan students of the Bachelor (Hons) Nursing Science programme and their development thus far. Prof. Anuwar Ali invited the 70 plus candidates who are employed as nurses of both the government and private health sectors of Sri Lanka to attend the graduation ceremony to be held in Malaysia.

 

IIHS joins hands with Browns Healthcare to provide high quality nurses training Sunday, March 03, 2013

The International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), the Country’s premier Healthcare training institute, with a vision to be the heart of innovative development of healthcare professionals for the globe, has joined hands with Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd to train 60 nurses for their new state of the art hospital chain. IIHS will be delivering an 18 month Diploma of Enrolled Nursing (Assistant Nursing) program locally for the selected nurses from Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd.

Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe-Deputy Chairman IIHS & Dr. Sajeeva Narangoda-Director/General Manager Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd at the MOU signing ceremony

Browns & Company PLC is a diversified conglomerate with operations in seven industry sectors and has a history of over 135 years, delivering quality in products and services to Sri Lankans everywhere. Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Company PLC, is a new venture established with the aim of developing a chain of secondary care general hospitals and diagnostic centers to deliver quality care through comprehensive integrated clinical practice

Audience that attended the inauguration ceremony

and personalized care to every patient. Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd has acquired St. Peter’s Hospital, Ragama and are in the process of expanding it in to a 60-bed multi-specialty hospital offering curative, preventive and rehabilitative services with a 24 hour OPD/ETU, modern theatre facilities, general surgery, obstetric, gynecological and pediatric units and a 24 hour pharmacy.
The launching ceremony of this collaboration was held on 18th of February, 2013 at IIHS with the presence of delegates from Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd and IIHS. Elaborating on the training program, the Deputy Chairman of IIHS, Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe said “Qulity of Nursing care is the most vital part of the total patient care in today’s context. IIHS has designed the training

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe - Deputy Chairman-IIHS addressing the gathering

program for Browns Healthcare Nurses benchmarking the Australian (Enrolled) Nursing program which focuses on developing skilled based knowledge of the nurses which enables them to deliver a high quality nursing care to patients. This programme does not confine the trained nurse to the Diploma level, but provides

Dr. Sajeeva Narangoda-Director / General Manager Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd addressing the gathering

great pathways to develop their knowledge by extending their academic pathway to the Bachelors level as well as Masters and PhD levels in local and international settings. Dr. Edirisinghe further stated that he is very happy to join hands with Brown Healthcare as their training partner. Dr Edirisinghe emphasized that all hospitals should look in to the quality of nurses training in order to up lift the standards of the holistic healthcare provision in Sri Lanka and bring it to an international standards.
Director/General Manager of Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd, Dr. Sajeeva Narangoda said “we are glad to join hands with IIHS to provide quality Nurses training as the quality would be the “Living Fabric” of our hospital which ensures maximum value to our customers. Quality nursing care has been always a challenge for all the hospitals in Sri Lanka and we are glad to partner with IIHS who have a proven record of producing quality Nurses across the world including highly developed countries like Australia Dr. Narangoda said.

Management of Browns Healthcare & IIHS

Recruited students for the Nursing program


 

Join IIHS to be a Part of the 4th Revolution of the World: Biotechnology! Sunday, September 23, 2012

IIHS Student Irosha Pursues her dream to become a Biotechnology Researcher

International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) the premier healthcare education provider in Sri Lanka is the 01st institute to initiate an Australian Biotechnology programme in Sri Lanka. IIHS is an “Extended Campus of Box Hill Institute in Australia” and conducts the 1st year of the Diploma of Laboratory Sciences (Specialising in Biotechnology) programme and transfers the students to Box Hill Institute in Melbourne Australia to complete the final year. On completion of the Diploma the students can enter the 2nd year of the 3 year Bachelor of Biotechnology & Innovation programme at Box Hill Institute Melbourne or transfer to many universities across Australia to read for their Bachelors with exemptions.

Biotechnology is based on the science of living organisms. Some people predict that Biotechnology would become the fourth major revolution in the world, after the Agricultural, Industrial and Information revolution, by having a big impact on our lives and our communities as well as our economy. The field of Biotechnology is very broad and it includes areas that reach from Bio fuels, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceutics, Biomedical devices as well as Human health science. Modern use of similar terms includes Genetic Engineering, Molecular Biology, Hybridization, Cell and Tissue culture Technology etc. Thus students who peruse studies in the field of Biotechnology will have wide range of employment opportunities across many fields.

Irosha Devasigamani is one of the students in the 01st batch of IIHS Biotechnology programme. ‘’I am Irosha Devasigamani from Mattakkuliya, currently doing my first year of Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Specializing in Biotechnology) programme at IIHS and will be finishing the Diploma next year in Australia. I had my initial education in India and then came to Sri Lanka and joined St.

Nicholas International School for my London O/Ls and A/Ls. From my school age I had a dream of getting in to research which I loved so much and my preferred field was Biotechnology. So after A/Ls I was looking for an internationally recognized Biotechnology programme and at the same time I didn’t want to leave Sri Lanka immediately. So finally I came across the perfect match for me which is the Biotechnology programme at IIHS, an extended campus of Box Hill Institute-Melbourne Australia. I’m happy to say that I was the 01st student to register for the programme, and I’m really enjoying the excellent exposure we receive during our studies at IIHS.

This field has very high demand internationally and in Sri Lanka as well. After starting this programme I realised how much I could learn and how challenging it is to carry out many projects, but most importantly, I enjoyed doing it. Our first project was to formulate a pesticide for Mealy-bugs, which were harmful pests found in green houses and commonly on any plant. The project was carried out successfully with great support from the lecturers and the programme coordinators. We have already finished our own individual projects, and I worked on producing wine from Pineapple, and others did projects such as development of a Hand sanitization gel, water filtration system, green house project, compost project and so on. These group and individual projects are a very good method for us to express our own ideas and the skills in research.”

Irosha explaining further about the programme says, “The lecturers at IIHS are well qualified and always helpful and able to combine studies with a fun teaching environment. Our campus is a wonderful place, which operates under the green concepts. The culture of the campus is very friendly. The industrial placement we get during the studies at IIHS was great. We were placed in the laboratory settings of a large conglomerate in Sri Lanka and in few of the leading laboratory chains in Sri Lanka.

I want to complete my studies at IIHS and then to transfer to Australia to complete the Diploma and then the Bachelors. We will also get Industrial placements during the final year of the Diploma in Australia as well as during the final year of the Bachelors in Australia. This would be a great opportunity for us to get exposed to the best industrial practices in international settings.

There are ample of opportunities for qualified candidates in both local and International settings. Some of them are as follows.
Research & Development – Scientific Director, Scientist, Research Associate, Bio-informatics Scientist/Engineer, Bio-informatics Analyst/Programmer, Molecular Modeler and Forensic Scientist�Operations – Process Development Manager, Process Development Technician, Calibration Technician, Toxicologist and Environmental Engineers.

Quality – Quality Control (QC) Manager/Supervisor, QC Analyst, Quality Assurance Manager/Supervisor, Quality Assurance (QA) Documentation Specialist and Validation Manager.

Clinical Research – Clinical research is a main component of any job in Biotechnology. You can become a Clinical Research Manager, Bio-statistician, Clinical Data Manager/Associate, Manager of Regulatory Affairs or Medical Affairs Director.

Biotech Pharmaceutical Jobs – Clinical pharmacist, Clinical researcher, Pharmaceutical representatives and Process engineer.

In the long run I want to study further up to the PhD level in Biotechnology, gain valuable international experience and one day to start up my own research laboratory. I consider this a once in a lifetime opportunity to fulfil my future dreams says Irosha.

If you have the same passion to become a figurehead in the Biotechnology arena, join IIHS to make your dreams a reality.

Registrations are now on. For more information, contact IIHS on 0114 651144 / 0774 142398 / 0727 115114 / 0773 114381 or visit us at No. 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara or our website: www.iihsciences.com

 
 IIHS takes drama to a new level Sunday Times -25th December 2011

The new entrants of IIHS showed a most creative and artistic side to themselves at the first annual drama completion. A drama competition with a difference that stayed true to the ‘green’ ethos of IIHS, it was held on the ground of the Campus.

The students had put much thought and effort into the props and costumes and displayed amazing confidence and talent as they took the audience through four very different plays. They were adaptations of ‘Dear Departed’ and the TV show ‘mind your language; together with two original scripts ‘Quack’ a story about a fake doctor and ‘Entangled’ a story involving a prince, beautiful girls and a hero on a motorcycle. The use of the grounds for maximum effort together with amazing sound effects earned the latter team the top prize in the competition.

The distinguished panel of Judges comprising Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara, Mrs. Nanayakkara, Dr. Nihal De Silva and Mr. Cyril Surasinghe were most impressed with the level of talent and creativity of the students and commended all four groups on their performance.

Ms. Anne Shehani was awarded the prize of best actress for her role as ‘Prince Charming’ and Mr. Shafin Majid won the best actor title for his brilliant depiction of ‘Ali’.

Mr. Shafin Majid won the Best Actor title for his brilliant depiction of ‘Ali’.

Ms. Anne Shehani Collecting the award for the Best Actress in her role as ‘Prince Charming’

 
 IIHS wins award for the most attractive stall at Adyapana-2011 Sunday Times -27th November 2011

International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS-www.iihsciences.com) the country’s premier Healthcare Education Institute won the award for the “Most Attractive Stall” at the recently held Adyapana Education Exhibition in Colombo.

During the exhibition IIHS showcased its unique pathway programs in the areas of Nursing, Physiotherapy, Biotechnology & Health Management as well as its affiliated universities such as Deakin University Australia, Edith Cowan University Australia, State University of New York-Canton, Hertfordshire University-UK, Open University of Malaysia, TAFE-South Australia & Box Hill Institute of TAFE in Melbourne Australia.

During this mega event IIHS conducted a free CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) program to equip participants with basic life saving techniques. This was one of the most popular events at IIHS stall. Student were also keenly interested in the Healthcare Programs which lead to the most in demand professions in the world.

 
 After A/Lů Aspire to become a health administrator? Sunday Times -13th November 2011
The Entire World Wants You…..

The limited resources in the world need to be controlled effectively in order to sustain human evolution, thus the birth of Management. According to the American Marketing Association, Management is defined as, "Guiding human and physical resources into dynamic organizational units which attain their objectives to the satisfaction of those served within a high degree of moral and sense of attainment, on the part of those rendering services". As the needs of humans became wants throughout human evolution, more specialization of Management was required. One of the most leading professions in the world today is 'Health Management'.

Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe-MBBS, MSc, MD (Medical Administration) Consultant Medical Administrator, Deputy Chairman IIHS

Demand for Health Management is strongly evident as the demand lists show a large amount of job opportunities in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other parts of Europe. Therefore, when one looks for opportunities for employment, especially to the mentioned countries, Health Management is one of the best options, due to the tremendous demand. Therefore it is important to have a look at this demanded Health Management career and the FAQs, (Frequently Asked Questions) of this profession are as follows:

What is Health Management? 
Healthcare Management requires talented people to manage the changes taking place. In their roles, Healthcare executives have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to improve the health of the communities their organizations serve. This is an exciting time for Healthcare Management. Healthcare is changing more rapidly than almost any other field. The field is changing in terms of how and where care is delivered, who is providing those services, and how that care is financed.

What are the Industry Applications of Health Management?
Internationally Health Management is one of today's most dynamic and growing fields, with a wide range of opportunities and challenges. In the Healthcare arena the opportunities have expanded further from the traditional hospital care to Health Administration, Health Education and Promotion, Training , Research & Development, Health Planning Organizations, In-home Elderly care, Hospice care, Pharmaceutical Research and Medical Quality Assurance programs, Medico-legal Consultants, Medical & related training.

What are the Career Opportunities?
Healthcare Management is a huge, complex, and ever-changing field. In fact, healthcare services will increase 30 percent from 1996-2006 and will account for 3.1 million new jobs, the largest increase of any industry. They would work in operations and projects as Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Quality Mangers, Project Managers, Human Resource Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Process Improvement Consultants and Medical Information Managers.

  • Hospital Management: Focusing on hospital Administration/Management of Hospitals, health centers, elderly care centers and clinics
  • Public Health Services Management: Working in the public health sector in planning forecasting and managing health services.
  • Project Management: Projects related to establishing health care facilities and hospitals where they are involved in planning & design, equipment and training. 
  • Healthcare Training Centers: Management of Medical, Nursing and other Health related schools.
  • Research and Development: Research and Development in medical administration and related healthcare services as research coordinator / administrator. The job opportunities created are immense in this field.
  • Quality & Risk Management: The role would envisage risk mitigation, quality management and infection control in healthcare settings. This is an area with a large amount of job opportunities.
  • Disaster Management: This is a very important area in Health Management which is in demand
  • Clinical & Management Research: Management of Clinical research is a must in today's world where Health Managers are needed and it is a fast growing industry.
  • Medical Consultants: They support insurance and other clients in lawsuits and related cases in healthcare services.

What is the Remuneration in Health Management?
Salaries are very lucrative across the globe. There is a high demand for qualified Health Administrators around the world as evident in the fact that the profession of Medical Administrator- (ANZSCO Code 134211) has been included in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) published in Australia in 2011. Median annual salary of medical and health services managers in international settings were $80,240 (Rs. 800,000 per month) in May 2008. The highest 10 percent earned more than $137,800 (Rs. 1.3 M per month).

Source: Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe-MBBS, MSc, MD (Medical Administration)

What are the Pathways to Become a Professional Health Manager?

Having understood the international as well as local demand for Health managers, International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS -www.iihsciences.com) the leading Health care education provider in Sri Lanka now offers Bachelor of Technology-Healthcare management program in collaboration of State University New York at Canton.

Bachelor of Healthcare Management

"The program covers both medical aspects as well as the management aspects which will give competencies needed by a Health Administrator/Health Manager to manage healthcare facilities" says Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Deputy Chairman and Head of Health Management Faculty of IIHS. This American Degree is offered by the State University of New York at Canton with a 3+1 pathway, where students could complete 03 years in Sri Lanka with a 06 months' work placement and the final year in USA. This final year includes another 06 months industry placement in Healthcare facilities in USA. Through this 3+1 pathway students could save tremendously as opposed to following the entire study program in USA & also the students could stay with their parents while they are reading for the 1st 3 years of the program. Many job opportunities await the qualified candidates in both local & international settings. With a BSc in Health Management you can go up to the MSc and even to the PhD level in Health Management while specializing in any area of interest.

IIHS will be conducting an "OPEN DAY" for Health Management programmes on 19th of November 2011 at 10.00am at IIHS (No 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara) where all interested students are welcome to participate. We would be disseminating information about the Diploma, BSc and MSc programmes, Profession of Health Management, Job Role of a Health Administrator, Job Opportunities and Demand in the International and local arenas.

 
 The biotech sector appreciates the way Box Hill Institute trains its students Sunday Times -6th November 2011

Good laboratory skills are a prerequisite for many entry-level jobs in the science and biotechnology sector, but according to some employers those skills can be hard to find. Training providers, including universities, have shouldered part of the blame for offering science courses that provide students with little first-hand experience of laboratory work or knowledge of laboratory practices and regulations. 
Victorian biopharmaceutical company Sypharma, which relies on production operators for pharmaceutical manufacturing and compounding, laboratory technicians and quality assurance control professionals, prefers the work-ready graduates of vocational and higher education provider Box Hill Institute to some university graduates.

The TAFE institute's biotechnology program produces professionals with good practical experience, Says Sypharma's managing director Jeremy White. ''Graduates of Box Hill Institute come with ready-to-work skills, a desire to learn and a desire to work,'' he says. ''We have taken six on a part time basis as part of their course, and taken four on full time. They are employed in our quality assurance and quality control group, performing laboratory testing and sterile production, and performing and managing validation.

''They really learn a lot here and it is in part because they come to us hungry to learn and with a good skill set that enables them to understand quickly what is required of them.'' Box Hill Institute's science and biotechnology courses include a bachelor's degree in biotechnology and innovation, a diploma of laboratory technology and a certificate III in science. The latter two courses articulate into the bachelor's degree.

The diploma of laboratory technology was driven largely by industry's need for graduates who are ''savvy in the lab'', according to Box Hill Institute's centre manager for the biotechnology and animal sciences programs, Susan Maastricht.

''There are so many people who graduate with a degree in science, but one of the things that the biotech industry says is : it's all very well to have a science degree, but if you can't walk into a lab and be functional from day one, then that means we have six months of training to do,'' she says.

''They get lots of practical skills. They can walk into any of these labs and say, 'I can run this piece of equipment; I can run a PCR [polymerase chain reaction machine, also known as a thermal cycler] for you; I can run a real-time PCR; I can do that analysis for you; and I can look for toxins in that','' Maastricht says. ''Our students come out being able to do it, not just knowing the theory of it.''

''We teach them about regulations and about entrepreneurship, and how to build strength in the business you are moving into because that's what the biotechnology sector needs,'' according to Maastricht.

TAFE institutes such as Box Hill, she says, are well placed to provide students with practical skills because of their close working relationships with industry and work-placement programs, their state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and technical equipment, and their small class sizes.

''We know the university sector struggles with the costs associated with laboratory work, and to that end most of it is done in a student's [final] honours year. ''Many kids also find the scale of the university experience daunting. The experience here is quite unique because we know each student.'' Graduates of the course are equipped to work in a range of laboratories, including pathology, diagnostic and research labs, and can expect starting salaries of about $40,000-plus.

Source: The Australian Saturday, October 29, 2011
In order to make these programs more accessible to Sri Lankan students, International Institute of Health Sciences (www.iihsciences.com) which is an extended campus of Box Hill Institute has initiated a pathway programme together with the BOX HILL Institute of Australia.

This programme enables students to obtain a Diploma and then an Associate Degree and finally to step into a Bachelor of Biotechnology & Innovation. The students have the option of completing the 1st year in Sri Lanka at IIHS and to transfering to Australia to complete the Diploma in the 2nd year. With another year of studies they could complete the Associate Degree and with one more year they get the Bachelor of Biotechnology & Innovation.

The advantages of completing one year at IIHS is that it saves you about 10 lakhs on course fee and about 18 lakhs as living expenses, it guarantees your entry in to the 2nd year at BOX HILL TAFE, and most importantly you get industry placements in both countries, during the 1st year in Sri Lanka and also during the second year at BOX HILL TAFE, which gives you a greater employability and exposure.

Registrations are now on for a limited number of seats. Contact IIHS on 0114 65 11 44 / 0774 14 23 98 / 0773 11 43 81 or visit us at 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara or our website: www.iihsciences.com

 
 Charitha does it again!" Sunday Times -09th  October 2011
1st Ever Sri Lankan Nursing Student to win an International Award for Research

Ms.Charitha Ranasinghe, a Nursing student of IIHS (www.iihsciences.com), recently participated in an International Conference to present her research paper titled; 'Burden of Drug Accumulation in Households: An Analysis of Data from a Developing Country' was held in Berlin, Germany and she won the Award for the "Best Presentation of the Day" on the 03rd day of the conference. She is the 1st Nursing student to represent Sri Lanka at this Research Forum and is the first to win an award.

Charitha with Nishani Kulatunga- Campus Director of IIHS & Dr.Kthsiri Edirisinghe-Deputy Chairman of IIHS

Charitha at Charité University-Berlin, Germany with the final contestants.

European Students conference is an annual conference held in Berlin since 1989. This year the conference took place from 21st to 24th September 2011, at the Virchow Klinikum Campus of the University Teaching Hospitals (Charité Universitätsmedizin) in Berlin, Germany. Over 700 participants from all over the world presented their current projects on tissue engineering and cell-reprogramming as well as their various potential applications in different clinical fields. Ms. Charitha Ranasinghe is one out of 20 researchers whose work has been selected under the Pharmacology category from submissions received from all over the world. Charitha made a poster presentation on the research done by her in this international research forum on the final day of the conference, and her presentation was selected as the Best Presentation of the day out of nearly 200 presenters representing different categories in the Medical field. This is the first time a Sri Lankan Student Nurse has attended this international research forum and she became the 1st to win an award for the country.

Her research titled 'Burden of Drug Accumulation in Households: An Analysis of Data from a Developing Country' has addressed a current issue which prevails in the third world countries and Charitha has experienced this personally at her own house, and this has prompted her to do a research on this subject. With the guidance of Dr. Ishara Maduka, a lecturer at IIHS, Charitha has executed this research with a sample of 57 houses in the Western Province, and the findings of the research have been interesting. From the sample, 26.55% of left over medication in households have been purchased for self initiated treatment and of that 70% belonged to the 'prescription only' medication category. This is a very useful finding to reduce the wastage of medications and also prompts to take evasive action to reduce this accumulation which might cause negativities.

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, a Consultant Medical Administrator and the Deputy Chairman of IIHS, commenting about the importance of research said that research has become an integral part of nursing education internationally and that it has become a critical factor in determining the quality of a nursing degree and that it also determines the extent of knowledge gained by a nursing student. He also said that Charitha's achievement proves, that the Sri Lankan Nursing students have the capability to do international level research and to compete with the best in the world, even amongst all the difficulties they have faced in Sri Lanka during the war and after. He also added that this will be a great boost for all other Sri Lankan students who are in the Medical and Para-medical fields to show off their talents and capabilities to the world. Ms. Nishani Kulatunga, the Campus Director of IIHS noted, "IIHS has a unique academic programme which trains students to perform well in an international healthcare environment. A modern day nurse uses both nursing theory and best practice derived from nursing research to enhance the quality of service towards patients. IIHS understands that a nursing student should be exposed to the research environment from the start of their career to develop the scientific thinking that is necessary to practice professionally." She further added that the academic staff of IIHS is the backbone of the organization and stand strong behind the students, motivating them to perform exceptionally within the course and outside as well.

Charitha is a student of the 1st batch of the Australian TAFE Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) programme conducted at IIHS. She is expected to go to TAFE South Australia at the end of this year to complete her Diploma in Nursing. The TAFE Nursing programme at IIHS is a two year programme, whereby the students could study the 1st year at IIHS and then transfer to TAFE South Australia to complete their Diploma. Those completing this high quality training programme can look forward to starting their career as 'Enrolled Nurses' and could continue to study up to the Doctorate level in the Nursing field.
Charitha speaking on her experience said, "It was a great pleasure to participate in a globally recognized forum such as ESC. It was a turning point in my life and I'm happy that I was able to obtain credit to my country as well. At the conference I had the opportunity to participate in many key note speeches, workshops and social activities which enhanced my knowledge. I visited many important places in Berlin such as Berlin tower, Wall and Dome. I was lucky enough to make many new friends from all over the world."

"I take this opportunity to thank those who encouraged and supported me to do the research, especially to Dr. Ishara Maduka the co-author and great pillar behind this success. I'm also thankful to Dr. Edirisinghe, Ms. Nishani, Ms. Miriam Josiah, Ms. Dilini Tanner, and all other well wishers, my loving parents, sister and all my friends who supported and encouraged me."

 
 Dream to Become a "Globally Recognized Sports Therapist" Sunday Times -02nd  October 2011
Reshan, a Physiotherapy Student at IIHS Speaks about his Dream…

Reshan Saputhanthri, who has a dazzling history of championships and records in Athletics and in Gymnastics, is currently a physiotherapy student at IIHS, who is stepping towards an International American Degree in Physiotherapy from the "State University of New York" (SUNY Canton). Being a student who excelled in sports, his ultimate dream is to become a sports therapist one day, and to be a part of a world renowned international sports team.

Reshan- IIHS Physiotherapy Student/National level athletic & Gymnastic player.

Reshan speaking about his past expressed; "I'm from Kandana and I initially attended De Mazonad College, before I joined Ananda College from Grade 07. From my very early childhood my main interest was sports, and I have participated in a number of competitions in different sports.

But as I gradually came to senior grades I realized that my main strength and talent was in Athletics and Gymnastics, and I started focusing more towards them. Ananda College was a great background for me to develop and enhance my talents under very good guidance from renowned coaches. During this time I participated in a number of sports events at National level and also in All Island sports meets and won a number of 1st places and runners up places together with few records in the Sir John Tarbet Athletics Championship."

Reshan has been a star performer at the All Island Meets in Gymnastics and has been the champion in 2005, 2007, 2009 and Runners-up in 2004, 2006, and 2008. He also won the 1st place in 'Vaulting Table' at the 2010 National Meet and also became the Novices Champion in 2008. In 2007 he has participated in the Junior Asian Gymnastics Meet held in Syria. He has also performed exceptionally well in the Sir John Tarbet Senior athletics championship by winning the 1st place in 2007 and 2008 and the 2nd place in 2009 in 'Pole Vault' setting a new record in the 2008 event with a height of 3.71m.

Reshan explaining how he found the correct pathway to his dream career, states "I did my A/Ls in the Biology stream at Ananda College with an aim to enter into a Career in Physiotherapy, but I didn't get enough marks to enter the local universities.

Then I started looking for other options to achieve my dream within a shorter period of time and it was then that I came to know about International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) through their website (www.iihsciences.com) and decided that this is the ideal programme to achieve my goal, due to several reasons. First, it is an internationally recognized American Degree, second the cost is very affordable as it is a pathway programme with two years done in Sri Lanka saving approximately 60% of the total cost, and thirdly a qualified Physiotherapist earns an average salary of over Rs. 450,000 internationally. Currently I'm about to finish my 1st year of studies at IIHS and I would be flying to New York in 2013 January to complete my Associate Degree in Physical Therapy. This would enable me to enter in to my dream career.

The job role of a 'Physiotherapist' in healthcare is that they prevent, treat and rehabilitate people and help people of all ages with physical problems caused by illness, accidents or ageing. It is a profession which sees human movement as central to the health and well-being of individuals. Physiotherapists identify and maximize movement potential through health promotion, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation. The core skills used by physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electro-physical modalities. Physiotherapists also have an appreciation of psychological, cultural and social factors which influence their clients.

With his experience of over 30 years as a Medical Consultant working in the USA, Dr. Nihal De Silva, the Dean of IIHS says "The demand for physiotherapy services increased sharply over the last few years. This increase is largely due to the effects of the ageing population, shorter stays in health institutions, the shift to ambulatory care and an improvement in the survival rate of accident victims and newborns. Indirectly, the rise in life expectancy rates makes interventions in this field even more relevant, since they improve the quality of life of elderly people for an increasingly larger proportion of their life. In addition to improving the quality of life of patients, physical rehabilitation services make it possible to keep people suffering from physical problems at home much longer, thereby significantly reducing health care costs."

Dr. Deborah Molnar, Assistant Professor and Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program, noted the collaboration between the two institutions was set in motion more than two years ago. "Our students and IIHS Students will mutually benefit from working with each other and student's knowledge of the science and practice of the program will expand, aiding the professional practice both locally and internationally."

Registrations have commenced for the third batch of the "Associate Degree in Physical Therapy", scheduled to commence on 20th October 2011. For more information & registration, contact;0114-651144,0774-142398,0773-114381 Or Visit No. 704, Negombo Road, Welisara www.iihsciences.com

 
After A/L join IIHS and obtain a world-class qualification – Sunday Times -11th  September 2011 http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110911/Education/ed14.html
Careers of the future

With the recessions experienced around the globe, with the economic changes, with the demographic and socio cultural changes, there is one industry that is not adversely affected from all these and that is none other than the Healthcare industry which is rapidly increasing in demand year on year. With the increasing demand for Healthcare professionals globally, a Degree in the healthcare sector has become the fast track to success.

Students at clinical sessions in IIHS laboratory.

There are plenty of opportunities to pursue in this industry with stable jobs and attractive salaries. Especially in the area of Nursing, in USA alone, there is currently a shortage of 180,000 Nurses and globally the demand for Nurses is expected to reach 800,000 by the year 2020.

For Sri Lankan students hoping to pursue a successful career in the Healthcare industry, International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), the Country's premier Healthcare training institute is now offering courses ranging from Diploma level up to the Master's level in the fields of Nursing, Biotechnology, Physiotherapy and Medical Administration with affiliations from University of Hertfordshire- UK, Deakin University of Australia, State University of New York- USA, Edith Cowan University- Australia, Open University of Malaysia, Box Hill TAFE Australia and TAFE South Australia.

Most of the programmes which are conducted by IIHS (www.iihsciences.com) are pathway programmes, where students could complete a larger part of the course in Sri Lanka at IIHS and then they can transfer to the respective University to complete their Diploma or Degree. IIHS also offers some programmes where students could complete the entire programme in Sri Lanka.

The Nursing faculty, which is the main faculty of IIHS, offers a Nursing Diploma in affiliation with TAFE South Australia, which is a 1+1 pathway where students complete 1 year at IIHS and the final year at TAFE SA. On completion of the diploma, they are eligible to apply for the registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Board in Australia as Enrolled Nurses. IIHS also offers a BSc in Nursing in affiliation with Deakin University in Australia, a 3+1 pathway, where upon completion, students can obtain registration on the Australian Nursing Board as Registered Nurses. IIHS also offers a BSc International Nursing Degree from the University of Hertfordshire UK which is a 2+2 pathway, where students study 2 years at IIHS and the final 2 years in UK with a guaranteed work placement during their studies.

The Paramedical Faculty of IIHS offers an Associate Degree in Physiotherapy from the State University of New York with a 2+1 pathway, where the students get a world-class American qualification which ensures worldwide employability. IIHS is also an "Extended Campus of BOX HILL TAFE" in Melbourne, Australia and offers a Diploma in Biotechnology with a 1+1 pathway where they would be awarded a globally recognized qualification to start their career in the field of Biotechnology and further they have the pathway to go up to the BSc level at BOX HILL TAFE in Australia.

In the Medical Administration field, which has a booming demand globally, IIHS offers a BSc programme and also an MSc programme. The BSc in Healthcare Technology Management is awarded by the State University of New York and it is a 3+1 pathway where students complete a total 3 years at IIHS and the final year at SUNY Canton, which includes a 6 months industrial placement in USA. IIHS also offers a Master of Health Services Management in affiliation with Edith Cowan University of Australia.

The major benefits of following courses at IIHS is that the pathway programmes allow you to study the majority of your international degree while staying with your family and it reduces the cost of your total programme by nearly 50-70%. All IIHS Degree programmes include a clinical placement both in the local and international settings, meaning that the students get exposed to real working life while they follow the degree. The other benefit of studying a course in the Healthcare industry is the high salary scales where for example a registered nurse earns more than Rs. 500,000 per month and a qualified Medical Administrator earns on average more than Rs. 600,000 in international settings.

Charitha Ranasinghe, a student at IIHS says, "I studied at the Vihara Maha Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Kiribathgoda and from my youngest years, I had a dream to become a qualified Nurse but following a programme in a foreign University was too expensive for my parents to afford. Therefore, I enrolled for the Diploma in Nursing at IIHS. After completion I'm eligible to earn nearly Rs 4.5 lakhs per month as an International Nurse. All my friends ask me why I didn't join a course in Management or IT, but I tell them that Healthcare is where the future lies. That's where all the international job opportunities are. And it is a great way to give back to the world".

Milan Perera from Maris Stella College is following the Associate Degree in Physiotherapy at IIHS, "I've always wanted to be an International Physiotherapist, and thus having an international qualification will enable me to fulfil my dream. Now I am following the AD in Physiotherapy and once I complete my first 2 years at IIHS, I am hoping to go to SUNY Canton, USA to complete my Associate Degree in Physiotherapy. I'm a big sports fan and I want to join an international sports team as a Physiotherapist. I am looking forward to an exciting career with excellent working conditions and a high quality lifestyle".

"I did my A/Ls in the Commerce stream and joined the Nursing programme at IIHS because of the numerous opportunities available for nurses worldwide", says Salosha Gunasekara who was a student of Musaeus College, "It is a very respectable, highly paid profession. I have enrolled for the BSc in Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire- UK after completing the 2nd year of the Diploma at IIHS. IIHS is procuring a guaranteed work placement for me in UK while I complete my BSc and I'm eligible to apply for a further 2-year work permit in UK once I complete the Degree. Moreover, I really appreciate the fact that I did my A/Ls in the Commerce stream is no hindrance at all for me to pursue a career in the health sector.

IIHS which is located very conveniently at No 704, Negombo Road, Welisara is a nature friendly facility which was built adhering to Green concepts. IIHS has advanced laboratory facilities for Nursing and for Biotechnology and also has an ultra modern Physiotherapy unit. IIHS also boasts of one of the largest Nursing book collections found in Sri Lanka. The Institute has a very strong Academic Board led by the Dean, Dr. Nihal De Silva (MD, MPH, ACOG) who was a former Associate Professor at Stanford University, USA, while the faculty consists of Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe (MBBS, MSc, MD), and several Doctors and Registered Nurses who are qualified professionals with foreign experience in their respective fields.

For more information and registration contact IIHS on 0114 651144 , Kushan on 0774 142398 , Amila on 0773 114381  or Nishani on 0773 114391. IIHS is located at number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. More details could be obtained from their website www.iihsciences.com

 
First IELTS Examination held at IIHS Yields great results – Sunday Times -3rd July http://sundaytimes.lk/110703/Education/ed012.html

International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) the premier Health care education provider in Sri Lanka has been offering IELTS preparation courses for nearly two and a half years as a part of its Language Faculty. During this period IIHS has seen successful results of nearly 450 students, who achieved their dream of getting through IELTS with great results.

Addhir Hassan- IIHS Nursing & IELTS Student- Overall band score 7 with no band less than 7

IIHS is happy to announce that it now has an IELTS Examination Centre under British Council and held the first examination on the 11th of June 2011 with the participation of 22 candidates. The candidates included IIHS students who are following courses in the health care field and also students sent by other IELTS providers. "We are proud to publicize that almost all the students have obtained very good results, exceeding their expected band scores" states Ms. Nishani Kulatunga, the Campus Director of IIHS. Two very good examples are Evanka Fernando and Addhir Hassan who are following an International Nursing Diploma at IIHS.

Evanka Fernando (19) has obtained an overall band score of 8.0 (Individual band scores of Speaking - 8.0, Reading - 8.5, Listening - 7.5 and Writing - 7.5) and Addhir Hassan (18) has obtained an overall band score of 7.0 (Individual band scores of Speaking- 7.5, Reading- 7.0, Listening- 7.0 and Writing- 7.0). Some IIHS students following international courses in the Health care field need 7.0 each band as the IELTS result to apply for their Registration as a Nurse in Australia. IIHS have upgraded their courses with unique methodologies for the conduction of the programme to meet this requirement of high IELTS band scores and today the results of these efforts are evident.

An initial 01 hour free placement test is conducted to ascertain the best programme for each candidate. The candidate is given the option of selecting programmes of 16 hours, 32 hours and 48 hours duration. There are regular intakes and IIHS also offers individual classes based on the candidates' preferences.
Apart from these facilities a candidate has the following benefits by following the preparation courses at IIHS. Some of them are; well experienced resource personnel, personalized study programmes based on individual assessment, State of the art learning facilities equipped with modern IT facilities, affordability, free practice test book with listening CD upon registration for the exam and free membership to use English Learning Zone of the British Council library.

Prospective candidates could start courses with us on any day of their preference, just ring us or visit our campus to get registered for the preparation courses or the IELTS examination. Join with IIHS to exceed expectations of your IELTS band score…

For more information contact IIHS on 0114-651144,0774-142398,0773-114381, or 0773-114391. IIHS is located at Number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. Website- www.iihsciences.com

 
FAQs in Healthcare Careers-"Selecting a recession free, challenging career"- Sunday Times- 19th June 2011 http://sundaytimes.lk/110619/Education/ed23.html

"Managing one of the most valued services " 
The limited resources in the world need to be controlled effectively in order to sustain human evolution, thus the birth of management. According to the American Marketing Association, management is defined as; "Guiding human and physical resources into dynamic organizational units which attain their objectives to the satisfaction of those served within a high degree of moral and sense of attainment, on the part of those rendering services". As the needs of humans became wants throughout human evolution, more specialization of management was required. One of the leading professions in the world today is HEALTH MANGAGEMENT.

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe

Demand for HEALTH MANGAGEMENT is strongly evident as the demand lists show a large amount of job opportunities in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other parts of Europe. Therefore, when one looks for opportunities for migration, especially to the mentioned countries, HEALTH MANGAGEMENT is one of the best options, due to the tremendous demand. Therefore it is important to look at this large number of opportunities available in a HEALTH MANGAGEMENT career and FAQs, (Frequently Asked Questions) of this profession are as follows:

What is HEALTH MANAGEMENT?

Healthcare management requires talented people to manage the changes taking place. In their roles, healthcare executives have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to improve the health of the communities their organizations serve. This is an exciting time for healthcare management. Healthcare is changing more rapidly than almost any other field. The field is changing in terms of how and where care is delivered, who is providing those services, and how that care is financed.

What are the industry applications of HEALTH MANAGEMENT?

Internationally HEALTH MANAGEMENT is one of today's most dynamic and growing fields, with a wide range of opportunities and challenges. In the healthcare arena the opportunities have expanded further from the traditional hospital care to health administration, health education and promotion, training , research & development, health planning organizations, in-home elderly care, hospice care, pharmaceutical research and medical quality assurance programmes, medico-legal consultants , medical and related training.

What are the career opportunities?

Healthcare Management is a huge, complex, and ever-changing field. In fact, healthcare services will increase 30 percent from 1996-2006 and will account for 3.1 million new jobs, the largest increase of any industry. They would work in operations and projects as Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Quality Mangers, Project Managers, Human Resource Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Process Improvement Consultants and Medical Information Managers.

Hospital Management: Focusing on hospital administration / management of Hospitals, health centres, elderly care centres and clinics. Public Health Services Management: Working in the public health sector in planning forecasting and managing health services.

Project Management: Projects related to establishing health care facilities and hospitals where they are involved in planning & design, equipment and training.

Healthcare Training Centres: Management of medical schools, nursing and other health related schools. Research and Development: Research and Development in medical administration and related healthcare services as research coordinator / administrator. The job opportunities created are immense in this field.

Quality and Risk Management: The role would envisage risk mitigation, quality management and infection control in healthcare settings in quality management. This is a new but evolving area with a large amount of job opportunities.

Disaster Management: This is a new but very important area in health management which is in demand
Clinical and Management Research: Management of Clinical research is a must in today's world where HEALTH MANAGERS are needed and it is a fast growing industry.

Medical Consultants: They support insurance and other clients in lawsuits and related cases in healthcare services.

What is the remuneration in the HEALTH MANAGEMENT?

Salaries are very lucrative across the globe. There is a high demand for qualified Health Administrators around the world as evident in the fact that the profession of Medical Administrator - (ANZSCO Code 134211) has been included in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) published in Australia in 2010. Median annual salary of medical and health services managers in international settings were $80,240 (Rs. 800,000 per month) in May 2008. The highest 10 percent earned more than $137,800 (Rs. 1.3 Mn per month.)

What are the pathways to become a professional HEALTH MANAGER?

There are Diplomas, Degrees and Postgraduate courses and these courses equip graduates with the knowledge and technical skills to work as Health Managers. The pathways are as follows: 
The Diplomas: Diploma in Hospital Administration, study 12 months in Sri Lanka.

BSc Degree courses: Bachelor's Degrees are the common choice of many and it is usually of 3 to 4 year duration and currently American programmes are available in Sri Lanka with a 3 + 1 pathway.
Postgraduate Programmes: Upon completion of the graduate studies, health, professionals could opt for Masters and then Doctorate programmes specializing in the area of focus. There are Australian and Malaysian programmes available in Sri Lanka where students could opt for 1+ 1 programmes or the completion of the entire program in Sri Lanka.

FAQs of Professional Career Pathways; Health Management 
Source: Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, MBBS, MSc, MD (Medical Administration) Cert. IV TAA Australia, 
Managing Director, International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) , email: drkithsiri@iihsciences.com

 
Head Start an Australian Diploma of Biotechnology right here at IIHS- Sunday Times 12th June 2011 http://sundaytimes.lk/110612/Education/ed25.html

"BIO-TECHNOLOGY" The Fourth Revolution of the World"
Biotechnology is based on the science of living organisms. Some people predict that biotechnology would become the fourth major revolution in the world, after the Agricultural, Industrial and Information revolution, by having a big impact on our lives and our communities as well as our economy. The field of Biotechnology is very broad and it includes areas that reach from Bio fuels, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceutics, Biomedical devices as well as Human health science.

Laboratory facilities at Box hill-Australia

"Biotechnology is a field of 'Applied Biology' that involves the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in Engineering, Technology, Medicine and other fields requiring Bio-products. Modern use of similar terms includes Genetic Engineering and Cell and Tissue culture Technologies." says Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, the Deputy Chairman of the International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS). "The concept encompasses a wide range of procedures for modifying living organisms according to human purposes, going back to domestication of animals, cultivation of plants, and 'improvement's to these through breeding programs that employ artificial selection and hybridization. This is why people predict that Biotechnology would become the fourth revolution of the world" further explains Dr. Edirisinghe.

Starting a Career in Bio Technology
When most people think of opportunities for careers in Biotechnology, they visualize an image of a scientist in a white coat in a laboratory developing drugs to improve the quality of life. However, Biotechnology has a wide variety of career opportunities, ranging from Sales and Marketing, to Research and Development, to Manufacturing and Quality control and assurance. The Biotechnology industry continues to flourish worldwide. Not only are the total number of Biotechnology companies increasing, but employment in the Biotechnology field continues to grow rapidly as well. Statistics show that, Biotechnology attracted more than $24.8 billion in financing in 2007 and raised more than $100 billion in the five-year span of 2003-2007.

The Career options related to the Biotech Industry extend to universities, medical schools and government labs along with pharmaceutical companies, chemical, agriculture and allied industries. Every well-established Biotech Unit comprises of several divisions that carry out different functions and job roles. Some of them are as follows:

1. Research & Development: Research and Development is the chief component of Biotechnology. So from the entry level to the higher position, every type of Biotech job in this segment is available. You can become a Scientific Director, Scientist, Research Associate, Research Assistant, Bio-informatics Scientist/Engineer, Bio-informatics Analyst/Programmer, Molecular Modeler, Facility Manager/ Supervisor (Animal Sciences), Veterinarian, or Lab Assistant.

2. Operations: Process Development Manager, Process Development Technician, Manufacturing Manager/Manufacturing Technician, Manufacturing Instrumentation/ Calibration Technician, Purchasing Agent/Buyer, Facilities Manager, Toxicologist & Environmental Engineers.

3. Quality: Quality control or quality assurance jobs in Biotech are done in the laboratories. Testing, stability, timely development, quality problems etc are checked. Candidate with experience can be Quality Control (QC) Manager/Supervisor, QC Analyst, Quality Assurance Manager/Supervisor, Quality Assurance (QA) Documentation Specialist and Validation Manager.

4. Clinical Research: Clinical research is the main thing behind any job in Biotechnology. You can become Clinical Research Manager, Bio-statistician, Clinical Data Manager/Associate, Manager of Regulatory Affairs or Medical Affairs Director.

5. Biotech Pharmaceutical Jobs: Clinical pharmacist, Clinical researcher, Pharmaceutical representatives, Process engineer, Quality control manager. This career in biotech is very lucrative but you must have a desire to discover new things that are beneficial for humans & environment. 
To become an important part of the fourth revolution you need to have a proper qualification like a Diploma, Associate Degree, BSc Degree or a Post graduate qualification in Biotechnology. These courses equip students with the knowledge and technical skills to work in the biotechnology industry. The BSc degree courses generally include in Microbiology, Molecular genetics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology techniques as core modules and an industry placement becomes vital as it gives the pathway for a job outcome.

Diploma in Laboratory Technology (Specializing in Biotechnology)
To prepare Sri Lankan students for the fourth revolution of the world, International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) the leading Healthcare education provider in Sri Lanka has initiated a pathway programme together with the BOX HILL TAFE Institute of Australia. This programme enables students to obtain a Diploma and then an Associate Degree and finally to achieve a BSc in Biotechnology & Innovation. Box Hill Institute is a leading Victorian vocational and higher education provider known for its collaborative and creative approach to education in Australia and overseas. The Institute has a long and diverse history and over the years has been the recipient of many awards and achievements, demonstrating Australia-wide recognition for its efforts.

The students have the option of completing the 1st year in Sri Lanka at IIHS and to transfer to Australia to complete the Diploma in the 2nd year. With another year of studies they could complete the Associate Degree and with one more year they get the BSc in Biotechnology & Innovation. The advantages of completing one year at IIHS is that it saves you about 10 lakhs as university fees and about 18 lakhs as living expenses, it guarantees your entry in to the 2nd year at BOX HILL TAFE, and most importantly you get industry placements in both countries, during the 1st year in Sri Lanka and also during the second year at BOX HILL TAFE, which directs you towards a job outcome. The global demand for Biotechnologists are increasing rapidly and salary scales of an International Biotechnologist is around 8-9 million rupees annually.

The increasing uses of biotechnological methods over the years have created a major change in skills and knowledge base required of people working in medical and pharmaceutical research. Hospitals, pathology laboratories, research facilities require more and more people who are competent in performing these methods. For example the Victorian biotechnology industry has identified a skills gap in this area and are keen on finding people who demonstrate the skills required to take part in this "fourth revolution" elaborates Dr. Christine Hepperle- Head of Biotechnology and Animal Sciences at Box hill TAFE.

Be a part of the fourth revolution. Join us now. Registrations are now on for a limited number of seats. Contact IIHS on             0114 65 11 44/0774 14 23 98/0773 11 43 91/0773 11 43 81 or visit us at 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara or our website: www.iihsciences.com

 
Opting for the most sought after profession in the globe" – Sunday Times- Education – 29th May 2011  http://sundaytimes.lk/110529/Education/ed16.html 
FAQs of Professional Career Pathways; Nursing Profession

The ever changing world has created a demand for many professions, and one of the most sought after professions today is undoubtedly NURSING. This is strongly evident as the lists show a total of 1,000,000 job opportunities in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other parts of Europe. Therefore, when one looks for opportunities for migration, especially to the countries mentioned, NURSING is one of the best options, due to the tremendous demand. Therefore it is important to look at this large number of opportunity available in a NURSING career and FAQs, (Frequently Asked Questions) of this profession are as follows:

Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe

What is NURSING? : NURSING: American Nurses Association defines nursing as; "the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations."

The job role of a NURSING OFFICER has changed from "a person who merely carries out doctor's orders" , to "a professional who would possess critical and logical thinking and most importantly performs evidence based practice". Therefore, the picture of a nurse who only gives injections in a hospital has changed to a healthcare professional who takes major decisions in a patient's life and plays a major role in a healthcare professional team.

What are the Industry applications of NURSING? Unlike in Sri Lanka, internationally Nurses are today not limited to the healthcare environment, they venture into many sectors such as teaching, journalism, airline, travel agencies, travel companions, cruise ships, large corporations, factories, life insurance, sports teams, police, fire departments, exotic expeditions (polar and space) and even entry level politics. In the healthcare arena the opportunities have expanded further from the traditional hospital care to health administration, health education and promotion, family planning organizations, in-home elderly care, hospice care, hospital public relations, pharmaceutical research and sales, medical laboratories, medical research, medical quality assurance programmes, medico-legal assistants, nursing school faculty, dental assistants and hygienists, ambulance services and emergency medical technicians.

What are the career opportunities? The career options have expanded over the decades; there are 3 main categories in nursing care namely; Advanced Practice Nurse (AP), Registered Nurse, (RN) and Enrolled Nurse or License Practice Nurse (EN or LPN). An Advanced Practice Nurse (AP) holds a Master's Degree in a focused area and provides one-on-one patient care services similar to those a Physician would perform. A Registered Nurse is competent in all forms of nursing care and the LPN or EN would work as an Assistant to an RN. Some of the wide varieties of options in NURSING are given below:

1. Operational role , practising "nursing care" 
A General Nurse would focus on all areas of medical care; a Pediatric Nurse - the nursing of children; a Geriatric nurse -the nursing of older adults -, a Mental Health Nurse - nursing of people with mental health problems ; a Learning Disability Nurse - the nursing of people with learning or developmental disabilities -; Critical Care Nurse - the nursing of people in acute care and long term care institutional settings; and Home Health Nursing- the nursing of people in their own homes. There are also specialist areas such as obstetrical / midwifery nursing, cardiac nursing, orthopedic nursing, palliative care nursing, peri-operative nursing, and oncology nursing or cancer care.

2. Research and Development 
Research and Development in nursing practice and in healthcare are emerging areas. The job opportunities created are immense.

3. Quality and Risk Management
Nurses could take up risk mitigation, quality management and infection control in healthcare settings in quality management and supervisory positions.

4. Clinical Research:
Clinical research is a must in today's world where nurses need to practise evidence based practice taking clinical decisions. Many nurses supervise clinical trials and it is a fast growing industry.

5. Health Administration:
Many hospitals in the world are run by Nurses who have trained in health administration and they are the most sought after administrators since they have a better experience in the total health sector.

6. Academics
Opportunities for Nursing Lecturers have grown immensely due to the rapid increase in training institutions and Universities offering Nursing, one of the highest disived courses. Nurses could work as Lecturers and Professors in Universities and Colleges.

What is the remuneration in the NURSING PROFESSION? : Nursing salaries are very lucrative due to the current nursing shortage world over. Qualified nurses can find exceptional nursing career opportunities across the globe. The average salary structure across USA, UK and Australia are as follows: an Advanced Practice Nurse (AP), earns between USD 80,000 to 100,000 per annum, a Registered Nurse (RN) earns between, USD 60,000 to USD 70,000 per annum, an Enrolled Nurses (EN) earns between, USD 40,000 to 45,000 per annum.

Furthermore, the nursing shortage offers extremely advantageous opportunities for those already in the nursing profession to obtain a higher qualification and for fresh nursing students preparing to enter the workforce. Many hospitals are now offering incentive programmes such as: Recruitment bonuses (ranging anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000), relocation assistance, housing assistance, day care and tuition reimbursement for children and a choice of shifts.

What are the pathways to become a professional NURSE? There are Diplomas, Degrees and Postgraduate courses and these courses equip graduates with the knowledge and technical skills to work as a nurse. The pathways are as follows:

1. The Diplomas:
The Enrolled Nursing programme is a full-time programme spread over 24 months. There are pathway programmes available in Sri Lanka where a student could study 12 months here and complete the final 12 months in Australia. Diploma in General Nursing is a full-time programme extending up to 3 years. Of the programmes available in Sri Lanka, some are recognized by Australian, British and American Universities where they could opt for a degree in 1 or 2 years.

2. BSc Degree courses:
Bachelor's Degrees are the common choice of many and it is usually of 3 or 4 year duration. It is mandatory that a nurse should posses a BSc in Nursing to sit for the licensing exam for registration as an international RN.

In addition to the above, students completing nursing studies can also pursue combined degrees. Those including: Health development and policy, Health promotion and education, Midwifery, Nursing/Public health policy, Psychology.

3. Postgraduate programmes:
Upon completion of the graduate studies Nursing Professionals could opt for Master's and then Doctorate programmes specializing in the area of focus.

Source: Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, MBBS, MSc, MD (Medical Administration) Cert. IV TAA Australia, Managing Director- International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) Email: drkithsiri@iihsciences.com

 
Winning the Nobel prize for innovation - Sunday Times- May 08, 2011
FAQs of professional career pathways

Thinking "out of the box " is an important concept for all students studying in Advance Level Science stream, selecting a profession which would have excellent career opportunities, availability of recession free jobs, nationally and internationally with adequate remuneration and excellent working environment while developing your career to great heights. One opportunity that you could pursue is the BIOTECHNOLOGY. FAQs , (Frequently Ask Questions ) of this subject as follows:

Dr Kithsiri Edirisinghe

What is BIOTECHNOLOGY? : BIOTECHNOLOGY is a field of "applied biology" that involves the use of living organisms and bioprocesses on modifying living organisms according to human purposes for the betterment of human race. "Applied biology" is the practical biology, using the science for practical purpose, "going beyond the borders" of books and laboratories. This is an interesting field, where you have the chance to be nominated for Nobel prize for innovation , hence motivating you and this is the difference in BIOTECHNOLOGY .

What is the Industry application of BIOTECHNOLOGY? It is far from the image of a scientist in a white coat, it is a multi - disciplinary subject involving a wide variety of distinct areas and they are follows:

1. Healthcare & Medicine; Modern BIOTECHNOLGY finds promising applications in investigation, treatment , rehabilitation and prevention of diseases. Pharmaceutical, medical, diagnostic and medical interventions are highlights of this area. In Pharmaceutical industry, the BIOTECHNOLOGY invention involves in the production, testing (including clinical trails) of the drug and related devices manufacturing process. Microbiological interventions, testing and treatment methods used in medicine are included here. Furthermore, in Medicine genetic testing for clinical and forensic purposes, organizing genetically engineered vaccines, immune diagnostic Kits for early detection of diseases and antibiotics sensitivity are some of the key industry value additions, where BIOTECHNOLOGY is the driving force for the evolution of medicine and healthcare services. If not for BIOTECHNOLOGIST the human race will get extricated due to the inability to counteract the new challenges in the healthcare and Medicine fields.

2. Agriculture : Invention and the development of crop varieties with higher yields, great resistance to stresses and higher nutritional value. This is very important since the world is already facing a food crisis.

3. Animal Husbandry: Development of improved breed of animals with higher milk production, higher animal productivity and with other desirable characteristic, animal feed etc.

4. Food industry : 
BIOTECHNOLOGICAL methods are used in the production , processing and preservation of food and related products.

5. General Industry: Extraction of metals by using microbes and this has made many mechanical interventions in the production industry by using bacteria, fungus and other related microbes.

6. Energy Sector : Production tissue cultured biomass, biogas production.

7. Environmental sciences: Microbiological intervention in the waste management , environmental preservation and prevention of disaster mitigation 
Is it a growing industry and the remunerations for BIOTECHNOLOGIST?: The BIOTECHNOLOGY industry continues to flourish nationwide, not only are the total number of biotechnology companies increasing, but employment in the biotechnology field continues to grow as well. Most biotechnology companies are young companies developing their first products and depend on investor capital for survival. According to BioWorld, biotechnology attracted more than $24.8 billion in financing in 2007 and raised more than $100 billion in the five-year span of 2003-2007. : According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statics, biotechnologists averaged an annual salary of $50,000 ( approximately Rs. 5.5 million) in May 2008.

What are the Career Opportunities? : The Career options related to the Biotech Industry extend to universities, medical schools and government labs along with pharmaceutical companies, chemical, agriculture and allied industries. Every well-established Biotech Unit comprises several divisions that carry out different functions. Table 1 :


Area of work Description 
Research & Development: Research and Development is the chief component of BIOTECHNOLOGY . You can become a Scientific Director, Scientist, Research Associate, Research Assistant, Bioinformatics Scientist/Engineer, Bioinformatics Analyst/Programmer, Molecular Modeler, Facility Manager/Supervisor (Animal Sciences), Veterinarian, Lab Assistant.

Operations: Biomedical technician, Process Development Manager, Process Development Technician, Manufacturing Manager/Manufacturing Technician, Manufacturing Instrumentation / Calibration Technician, Purchasing Agent/Buyer, Facilities Manager, Toxicologist & Environmental Engineers.
Quality: Quality control or quality assurance jobs in biotech are done in the laboratories. In quality control the policies and procedures of organizations are kept in mind. Testing, stability, timely development, quality problems etc are checked. Candidate with experience can be Quality Control (QC) Manager/Supervisor, QC Analyst, Quality Assurance Manager/Supervisor, Quality Assurance (QA) Documentation Specialist and Validation Manager.

Clinical Research: Clinical research is the main thing behind any job in biotechnology. You can become Clinical Research Manager, Biostatistician, Clinical Data Manager/Associate, Manager of Regulatory Affairs or Medical Affairs Director. Biotech Pharmaceutical Jobs: Clinical pharmacist, clinical researcher, pharmaceutical representatives, process engineer, quality control manager. This career in biotech is very lucrative but you must have a desire to discover new things that are beneficial for humans & environment.

Administration and Academics: Biotechnology facilities lecturers and professors in Universities and colleges What are the pathways to become professional BIOTECHNOLOGIST? There are Diplomas, Degrees and postgraduate courses and these courses equip graduates with the knowledge and technical skills for work in the biotechnology industry. The pathways are as follows:

1. The Diplomas: Diploma in Biotechnology and Laboratory sciences is a good start to get an insight to the industry since these programmes have an industry placement, hence the chances of obtaining a job outcome. Australian and British pathway programmes are available in Sri Lanka and the IT extends from 1.5 years to 2 years.

2. Associate degrees and BSc degrees: These courses are the common choice of core units generally included in microbiology, molecular genetics, and biochemistry and biotechnology techniques. Australian, British, American programmes will yield a higher job outcome and pathway programmes through diploma programmes in Biotechnology would dramatically reduce the cost of training and the job outcome. Generally these programmes would extend up to 3 years and in addition to the technical subjects the candidates need to complete the business and innovation studies, and undertake biotechnology research and commercialization training in the third year.

3. Postgraduate programmes: Upon completion of the graduate studies the professionals could opt for Master's and then Doctorate programmes specializing on the area of focus.

Source: Dr Kithsiri Edirisinghe, MBBS, MSc, MD 
( Medical Administration) Cert. IV TAA Australia. 
Managing Director, International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) , email: kithsiri@iihsciences.com

 
Heda Nena Weduma- An International BSc Degree for SL Nurses - Sunday Times- May 08, 2011

Nursing is a globally recognized profession, which is of great demand worldwide. Although the nursing professionals in our healthcare industry are doing an excellent job trying to maintain international standards in the local arena, the lack of opportunities for continuous learning in nursing education is an obstacle for them. Our nurses acquire their discerning skills with the minimum of resources and they have been playing a major role in bringing the Sri Lankan healthcare system up to being one of the best in the South East Asian region. However, the lack of opportunities for our nurses to uplift their knowledge has fettered their careers.

In this context, the International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) has organized several academic programmes for the benefit of the nursing professionals and also for other health sectors in Sri Lanka with collaborations from Deakin University, Edith Cowan University & TAFE South Australia, Hertfordshire University- UK, and SUNY Canton University- USA. And also IIHS is a recognized learning centre for Open University of Malaysia and now with this collaboration between Open University Malaysia (OUM) and IIHS, our Nurses will have the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge by furthering their education up to Bachelor's (BSc) and Master's (MSc) Degrees in Nursing.

The primary objective of this programme is to upgrade the knowledge and skills of the Nursing professional in Sri Lanka, with a view to advance the quality standards to an international level, and facilitate the entry of nursing professionals into international healthcare facilities worldwide. Improving the image of Sri Lanka as a provider of caring, confident and competent Nursing professionals to the global healthcare industry is the secondary objective of this venture.

This two-year part-time programme is arranged conveniently so as not to disturb the existing workload of our nursing officers. Therefore, nurses following this part-time course could conveniently self-study and they are required to attend classes only three times per month, but they do have 24x7 access to OUM's comprehensive e-library which has a collection of Books, Journals and Research materials pertaining to Nursing.. IIHS has made this degree very affordable to the Sri Lankan Nurses compared to other foreign degrees around the world, and nurses have the option of paying the course fee on instalment basis or we could support to obtain a study loan from the Bank of Ceylon at a competitive rate.

This would be the 2nd intake of the Bachelor (Hons) Nursing Science Degree and the students who started in 2010 have completed one year of studies successfully, and are providing positive feedback about the outcomes of the study programme. The second intake would start on May 26 and we have planned to start the Master of Nursing programme also within this year, so that the Registered Nurses have a continuous pathway to enhance their capacity. Another opportunity is that the Nurses have the option of specializing in three nursing areas out of six. The areas are Critical care Nursing or Trauma and Emergency Nursing, Paediatric Nursing or Mental Health Nursing, Oncology Nursing or Renal Nursing.

The lecturers who conduct lectures at IIHS are all foreign qualified professionals with foreign experience. This programme is coordinated by Sister Geraldine Michael- RN, BSc, MSc (Australia) and supervised by Professor Che'an Ahmad- RN, PhD. The Head of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences of OUM Professor Che'an Ahmad stated, "Nursing is the number one profession in the world. It is in high demand worldwide and nurses should be proud of their profession.

They are respected as professionals and as a major part of the hospital team with the doctors, administrators and other professionals. OUM already has 400 nurses enrolled in this programme. 
Mrs. Asoka Abeynayake who is a senior lecturer of Post Basic Nursing School in Colombo commented that the international BSc and MSc study programmes which IIHS offers totally in Sri Lanka, is a great way to achieve the dreams of the Sri Lankan nurses who want to prosper in their careers.

According to Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero who is the President of the Public Services United Nurses Union, it is a great opportunity for the nurses to qualify themselves with a high quality, international BSc or MSc degree which is made very affordable by IIHS, a trusted private organization in the Health sector. And also it makes the Sri Lankan nurses competitively equal to the nurses of any other country.

The cooperation given to IIHS by the Health Ministry of Sri Lanka and by the Public Services United Nurses' Union was appreciated greatly by Ms. Nishani Kulatunga, the College Director of IIHS.
According to Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, the Managing Director of IIHS, the Nurses would essentially require higher qualification like BSc and MSc in the future with the development of the Health sector, irrespective of whether they want to go abroad or continue to work locally and prosper in their careers.

He also mentioned they can help to obtain affordable study loans from BoC to facilitate the paying capacity of the Sri Lankan Nurses. We have now commenced registrations for the May 2011 batch and only a limited number of seats are available. Join with us to achieve your career dreams!

 
Choosing the best possible fit- Sunday Times- May 01, 2011

"The best possible fit": As a modern day youth you have many opportunities when it comes to choosing a professional career. Due to the wide range of options there is a possibility that you might get carried away into an area that might not suite you and you may later find that you do not like that area of study. Therefore it is essential that you select the "best possible it (BFT) for you in terms of the career and the educational programme that will help you achieve your objectives whilst satisfying those around you.

Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe-MBBS, MSc, MD (Medical Administration) Managing Director-IIHS

The Team: It is essential to understand your "team", the partners who will care about your future; your parents, brothers, sisters, relations and teachers. They all have dreams, aspirations and objectives for you and your future. Therefore, it is essential that you work with them as a "team" and obtain their maximum support and advocacy. You should not forget the main person concerned, "You"! You are the captain who will take up the challenge of the selection.

The Images: It is all about you, how you want to live your life. It is a public secret that you will reach your maximum potential when you love the area or the subject. So firstly it is essential to understand yourself. There are three "images" of self; "mirror image", "social image" and the "wish image ". All three images of you will help you identify what you are good at and your weaknesses.

"Mirror image" is what you think about yourself, "social image" is what others think about you and the "wish image" is what you want to be in the future. Therefore it is mandatory that you take some time off and figure out these three images. For a successful career all three images should come to together as one and of course you will be a winner.

Identifying the BFT: There are few fundamental steps you could follow:

1. Identify the most suited image, by talking to yourself you will find the best image.

2. Select not one but several. Have a list of 3 - 5 careers in your menu where you could choose from.

3. Examine all the career opportunities, "availability of jobs nationally and internationally". The important thing here is to look at 10 - 15 year prediction of these jobs that you selected and it should as much as possible be recession resistant jobs with adequate remuneration and excellent working environment. Most importantly it should be able to add value to the human race. Talk to your good friend "Google" it will help you find the best possible areas to pursue.

4. Then talk to your 'team" to prioritize and select the best career from the list you made.

5. Formulate your career objectives by organizing the general areas and possible specialized areas with time lines. Decide when you want to be a true professional.

6. Search for the best educational programme suited to achieve your career objectives. This is an important step where you will have to look at the recognition of the degree/ diploma, total cost of the programme including educational, examination, lodging and other related costs. Most importantly remember having a certificate, diploma or a degree will not always help you getting your dream job. You might need a licence to work as a professional through a professional body. For example having a Medical Degree will not allow you to practise medicine and you need to sit for the licensing exam of the respective country to practice as a professional Medical Doctor. So once again talk to the team, and your best friend, Google in this important step.

7. Categories of educational programme: Vocational programme resulting in Certificates and Diplomas, Graduate and Postgraduate Degrees from Universities are the available options. All these programmes would have different career outcomes and costs. Most of the vocational programme would extend from 6 months to 3 years, Bachelor's Degrees, from 3 to 4 years and Post Graduate Masters of approximately 2 years and a Doctorate (PhD) would take approximately 4 years.

8. Preparation for the selected educational program is an essential compo nent and you may need to work on achieving the required basic education qualifications such as Advanced Level or the Ordinary Level depending on the program. Also make sure you have the necessary competencies to succeed in the program, such as English literacy, academic writing, speaking and grammar, computer literacy, basic Microsoft office, tying skills, and most importantly a good and pleasing personality.

9. Revisit your career and educational objectives: validate debate and decide with the support of your "team". Formulate a plan and implement it!

Source : Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe-MBBS, MSc, MD (Medical Administration) Managing Director-IIHS
E-mail : drkithsiri@iihsciences.com

 
  Another Milestone for IIHS- Sunday Times- Sunday Times- April 24, 2011

Physiotherapy Students Excel in First Ever Online Skill Assessment Conducted by American University
International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) the premier healthcare education provider in SriLanka keeps another step forward in the education industry and sets a benchmark for the whole industry by letting the affiliated University evaluate the local student's practical assessments through video conferencing. This has been done for the first time in SriLanka and in this part of the world in the Health care education industry.

The State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton University), USA one of the highest ranked universities in USA, is affiliated with IIHS to provide pathway education in the field of Physiotherapy. The pathway programme is to offer the Sri Lankan students an Associate Degree, with two years of studies in Sri Lanka at IIHS and the final year at the SUNY Canton University. This pathway has become a popular pathway for students interested in the Physiotherapy field as it reduces the cost of education immensely by studying two years in SriLanka at IIHS, while receiving good quality education with proper practical training and also because of the well experienced and qualified lecture panel.

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Managing Director of the International Institute of Health Sciences speaking about the mission of the institute, mentioned that "IIHS is a Healthcare training organization, with a mission to bring innovation to healthcare training, infusing the traditional values of Healthcare professionalism, whilst adhering to international training standards. He further stated that the main focus is to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals through developing their personalities, by partnering with international organizations, to provide a total solution to the global healthcare professional need." IIHS has a number of foreign Universities affiliated with them namely Deakin University & Edith Cowen University of Australia, Hertfordshire University of UK, Open University Malaysia, TAFE South Australia and Box Hill TAFE, Australia.

Dr. Deborah Molna, Head of PTA programme in SUNY Canton said, "I am highly impressed with the quality and the manner in which the IIHS Physiotherapy students performed at the assessment, and expressing her views right after the assessment she has mentioned that she was surprised to see the knowledge and the care they showed towards the patients in analyzing and treating them. She further stated that she would love to have these students in their university for the 3rd year and she said that they would be an example to the American students and the benchmark they would establish in the amount of care and diligence towards patients would be hard to match. Coming back with the results and feedback Dr. Marela Fiacco, International Programmes Director has commended that the IIHS students have done remarkably well in the assessment achieving great results. This is a great milestone in the short history of IIHS as it is the 1st ever online practical assessment done in this part of the world.

Dr. Nihal De Silva, Dean of IIHS who has over 45 years of experience in America in the medical field, expressed his happiness in seeing the local Sri Lankan students obtaining high quality foreign education coming up to the level where they can compete strongly even with the American students.
Mr. Cyril Surasinghe, the Head of Physiotherapy at IIHS who has over 50 years of experience in various different countries including Zimbabwe and UK, gave out his view telling that he was impressed to see the students coming from suburban areas with just AL qualifications, coming up to such a high standard and that these students have shown the potential of the Sri Lankan students to the world. He also pointed out the importance of the availability of various different lucrative industries in which the SriLankan students can join in rather than showing interest only in traditional areas such as Medicine and Engineering.

Roshan Peiris, the student who got the highest marks stated, "I am grateful for IIHS for giving us this opportunity to study in New York, which is a great dream coming true. As I am from Awissawella and having studied in Hanwella Rajasinghe Madya Vidyalaya, which is a rural school, I'm so proud that I am eligible to study at SUNY Canton after completing 02 years at IIHS. Many thanks go to IIHS and SUNY Canton for making these pathways so affordable to rural community in Sri Lanka. I have planned to travel to SUNY Canton in 2012 and then apply for the registration examination for PTAs in USA and work in USA for a couple of years. I can pay back my full course fees from about 06 months of my salary in USA. Then I am going to come back to Sri Lanka and will share my experience, to add value to local Physiotherapy services.

Registration has commenced for the third batch of the Associate Degree in Physiotherapy, scheduled to commence in September 2011. IIHS would also be introducing a BSc Degree in Physiotherapy in affiliation with a Malaysian University for students who wish to complete their education in Sri Lanka.

For more information & registration, contact; Visit- www.iihsciences.com, Email- info@iihsciences.com No.704, Negambo Road, Welisara

 
Obtain your British Degree in Nursing right here in Sri Lanka @ IIHS- Sunday Times- April 10, 2011

International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) the premier healthcare education provider in Sri Lanka is now offering a pathway programme for the existing Nurses (3 year Diploma holders) to complete the BSc in Nursing in Sri Lanka or in UK, in affiliation with the University of Hertfordshire.

The Diploma holding Nurses have three possible pathways depending on their need and they are, to complete the 2 years in Sri Lanka at IIHS (part time), to do 1 year at IIHS and final year at University of Hertfordshire (1+1 part time) and to complete both years at University of Hertfordshire after completing a 3 month Foundation Programme at IIHS. Highly paid work placements are guaranteed for the time they have to study in UK.

The agreement for the above pathway programmes was signed recently at IIHS. The University of Hertfordshire representatives, Dr. Malcolm Peter McIver PhD, MA, BA (Hons) of Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Dr. John Beamish PhD, BSc (Hons), Grad Cert Educ, Regional Director of South East Asia and Mr. Pradeep Perera, the Sri Lankan Official Representative for University of Hertfordshire were present at the occasion.

Representatives from University of Hertfordshire with IIHS Team.

Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe- Managing Director IIHS & Dr. Malcolm Peter McIver PhD, MA, BA (Hons) of Faculty of Health and Human Sciences signing the agreement. Dr. John Beamish PhD, BSc (Hons), Grad Cert Educ, Regional Director of South East Asia and Mr. Pradeep Perera, the Sri Lankan Official Representative for University of Hertfordshire, Nishani Kulatunga- The Chief Operating Officer IIHS witnessing the occasion.

 
Aussie Deakin Uni joins hands with Sri Lanka’s IIHS
Deakin University was established in the 1970s as a new generation Australian university. Named after Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second Prime Minister, Deakin combines a university’s traditional focus on excellent teaching and research with a desire to seek new ways of developing and delivering courses. Deakin has won several awards for its teaching and learning excellence - testament to its excellent facilities, flexible learning options and courses which are informed by industry professionals. Deakin has always been a preferred university for Australian education among the Sri Lankan students for a various number of study disciplines.
IIHS (The International Institute of Health Sciences) is a Healthcare training organisation, with a mission to bring innovation to healthcare training, infusing the traditional values of healthcare professionalism, whilst adhering to international training standards. The main focus is to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals through developing their personalities, by partnering with international organisations, to provide a total solution to the global healthcare professional need.
Healthcare education
The International Institute of Health Sciences, the country’s leading healthcare education campus has embarked on the ambitious goal of developing the quality of healthcare education in Sri Lanka and in the attempt to do so; IIHS will now offer Deakin University’s BSc Nursing Programme with a 3+1 pathway in Sri Lanka. 
Here the students will be studying the first three years of their degree in Sri Lanka at IIHS at a very affordable cost compared to the same if done in Australia, and for the final year they can transfer to the Deakin University to complete their Bachelor (Hons) Nursing Degree. This pathway is available to the local Sri Lankan students who have the entry requirement of 3 passes at the GCE A/L examination or a recognised foundation programme and also to any international student who is looking for a cost effective pathway to obtain a well recognised Australian degree.
The launching ceremony of this collaboration was held on March 3 at the Cinnamon Lake Side Hotel with the presence of Australian High Commissioner, Kathy Klugman as the Chief Guest. The Deakin University representatives were present at the occasion and among the other distinguished invited guests were Dr Amal Harsha De Silva, the Provincial Director, Western Province, Ministry of Health, Peter Linford, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for South Asia, Dr T.A Piyasiri, Director General, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, Prof. Bas Baskaran, Associate Dean (International) Faculty of Science and Technology, Deakin University, Ms. Patricia O’Dea, International Marketing Manager, Deakin International, David Samuel, Business Development Manager, Austrade, Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara, Managing Director, Graduate School of Management and Eastman Narangoda, Chairman, Seylan Bank.
History
Dr Nihal De Silva, Dean of IIHS delivering the welcome speech, gave a brief history of IIHS and how it has overcome many obstacles to become what it is today. He noted how five medical professionals including himself started the institute 9 years ago and how it came from an intake of 20 nursing students in a year to now 200 students studying in different study programmes such as Nursing, Physiotherapy, Medical Administration and various other courses. 
Speaking on the collaboration Ms. Patricia O’Dea, International Marketing Manager- Deakin international explained how this process was carried out within a short period of eight months with the immense help and backing of David Samuel– Business Development Manager, Austrade and she was of the view that this collaboration will expand in to other areas of health studies as well.
Dr Amal Harsha De Silva, Provincial Director, Western Province, Ministry of Health in his speech pointed out that the private sector has a huge role to play in the development of the health sector in Sri Lanka. He explained the importance of organisations such as IIHS which contribute immensely to the health sector by nurturing internationally qualified professionals who would uplift the standards of the healthcare services. In his speech he further stated that he would take every step to ensure that the government will support these kinds of initiatives. 

Benefits
Ms. Kathy Klugman in her speech expressed that she was highly impressed about the history, facilities and the quality of education offered at IIHS and she was of the view that this collaboration will benefit the local Sri Lankan students as well as other international students aspire to obtain an Australian qualification. She also noted that she was happy about the Midwifery element of the degree which is awarded through this collaboration. She also highly recommended the Deakin University, stating that it was known for doing things right. She further gave her best wishes to both the organisations to carry out this fruitful collaboration to greater heights.
Dr Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Managing Director of IIHS, in his vote of thanks stated that the concept of upgrading Sri Lankan education to an International level, to enhance skilled labour export has been emphasised in the “Mahinda Chinthana” the state policy document. He further stated that the collaboration between Deakin and IIHS will produce high quality healthcare professionals who would serve patients all over the world. 
He went on to state that this collaboration will also pave way to student and staff exchange, collaborative research in healthcare services, which will, in turn, contribute to the much needed development of this sector. He thanked all stake holders for contributing for this valuable collaboration and requested the media personnel to convey the message to all Sri Lankan youth that international level nursing training programmes are now available in Sri Lanka at an affordable cost.
Advantages of Deakin & IIHS collaboration
Upon completion of the final year in Australia, students will be eligible for the registration requirements for Registered Nurse (Division 1) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The strong industry partnerships, excellent teaching and learning practices and clinical placements and skills training account for approximately 50% of the course contact hours and are undertaken in various healthcare settings. Employment opportunities for nursing graduates have never been greater due to the current shortage of qualified nurses both locally and overseas. Recent surveys show that the salary of an Australian Registered Nurse ranges between AUS $49,000 to AUS $120,000 plus, depending on the experience, qualifications and chosen work area. The students will also greatly benefit from the tremendous cost saving by studying 3 years in Sri Lanka.
 
Deakin University, Australia Join Hands with IIHS to Deliver Health Care Programmes in Sri Lanka

Deakin University was established in the 1970s as a new generation Australian university. Named after Alfred Deakin, Australia's second Prime Minister, Deakin combines a university's traditional focus on excellent teaching and research with a desire to seek new ways of developing and delivering courses. Deakin has won several awards for its teaching and learning excellence - testament to its excellent facilities, flexible learning options and courses which are informed by industry professionals. Deakin has always been a preferred university for Australian education among the Sri Lankan students for a number of study disciplines.

HE Kathy Klugman, Australian High Commissioner speaking at the Deakin University - IIHS MOU Launch in Colombo

IIHS (The International Institute of Health Sciences) is a Healthcare training organization, with a mission to bring innovation to healthcare training, infusing the traditional values of Healthcare professionalism, while adhering to international training standards. The main focus is to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals through developing their personalities, by partnering with international organizations to provide a total solution to the global healthcare professional need.

The International Institute of Health Sciences, the country's leading healthcare education campus has embarked on the ambitious goal of developing the quality of healthcare education in Sri Lanka and in the attempt to do so, IIHS will now offer Deakin University's BSc Nursing Programme with a 3+1 pathway in Sri Lanka. Here the students will be studying the first three years of their degree in Sri Lanka at IIHS at a very affordable cost compared to the same if done in Australia, and for the final year they can transfer to the Deakin University to complete their Bachelor's (Hons) Nursing Degree. This pathway is available to the local Sri Lankan students who have the entry requirement of 3 passes at the GCE A/L examination or a recognized foundation programme and also to any international student who is looking for a cost effective pathway to obtain a well recognized Australian degree.

The launching ceremony of this collaboration was held on March 3 at the Cinnamon Lake Side Hotel with the presence of Australian High Commissioner, Kathy Klugman as the chief guest. The Deakin University representatives were present at the occasion and among the other distinguished invited guests were Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva, the Provincial Director, Western Province, Ministry of Health, Mr. Peter Linford, Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner for South Asia, Dr. T.A Piyasiri, Director General, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, Prof. Bas Baskaran, Associate Dean (International) Faculty of Science & Technology, Deakin University, Ms. Patricia O'Dea, International Marketing Manager, Deakin International, Mr. David Samuel, Business Development Manager, Austrade, Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara, Managing Director, Graduate School of Management and Mr. Eastman Narangoda, Chairman, Seylan Bank.

Dr. Nihal De Silva, Dean of IIHS delivering the welcome speech, gave a brief history of IIHS and how it has overcome many obstacles to become what it is today. He noted how five medical professionals including himself started the institute 9 years ago and how it came from an intake of 20 nursing students in a year to now 200 students studying in different study programmes such as Nursing, Physiotherapy, Medical Administration and various other courses. Speaking on the collaboration Ms. Patricia O'Dea, International Marketing Manager- Deakin International explained how this process was carried out within a short period of eight months with the immense help and backing of Mr. David Samuel- Business Development Manager, Austrade and she was of the view that this collaboration will expand in to other areas of health studies as well.

Deakin University, IIHS and special invitees and guests with HE Kathy Klugman, Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka at the launch

Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva, Provincial Director, Western Province, Ministry of Health in his speech pointed out that the private sector has a huge role to play in the development of the health sector in Sri Lanka. He explained the importance of organizations such as IIHS which contribute immensely to the health sector by nurturing internationally qualified professionals who would uplift the standards of the healthcare services. He further stated he would take every step to ensure that the government will support these kinds of initiatives.

High Commissioner Ms. Kathy Klugman in her speech expressed she was much impressed by the history, facilities and the quality of education offered at IIHS and she was of the view that this collaboration will benefit the local Sri Lankan students as well as other international students who aspire to obtain an Australian qualification. She also noted she was happy about the Midwifery element of the degree which is awarded through this collaboration. She recommended the Deakin University, stating that it was known for doing things right. She further gave her best wishes to both organizations to carry out this fruitful collaboration to greater heights.

Dr Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Managing Director of IIHS, in his vote of thanks stated that the concept of upgrading Sri Lankan education to an International level, to enhance skilled labour export has been emphasized in the "Mahinda Chinthanaya" the state policy document. He further stated the collaboration between Deakin and IIHS will produce high quality healthcare professionals who would serve patients all over the world. He went on to state this collaboration will also pave the way to student and staff exchange, collaborative research in healthcare services, which will in turn contribute to the much needed development of this sector. He thanked all stakeholders for contributing to this valuable collaboration and requested the media personnel to convey the message to all Sri Lankan youth that international level nursing training programmes are now available in Sri Lanka at an affordable cost.

Advantages of Deakin & IIHS collaboration
Upon completion of the final year in Australia, students will be eligible for the registration requirements for Registered Nurse (Division 1) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The strong Industry Partnerships, excellent teaching and learning practices and Clinical placements and skills training account for approximately 50% of the course contact hours and are undertaken in various health care settings. Employment opportunities for nursing graduates have never been greater due to the current shortage of qualified nurses both locally and overseas. Recent surveys show that the salary of an Australian Registered Nurse ranges between AUS $49,000 to AUS $120,000 plus per annum, depending on the experience, qualifications and chosen work area. The students will also greatly benefit from the tremendous cost saving by studying 3 years in Sri Lanka.

For more information & registration, contact;
Hotline- 0114 65 11 44, 0773 11 43 81, 0774 14 23 98
Visit- www.iihsciences.com, Email- info@iihsciences.com
No.704, Negambo Road, Welisar
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SUNY Canton-USA Partners with the International Institute of Health Sciences -The Sunday Times- 2nd January 2010

SUNY Canton's newest partnership will have an international impact on the healthcare profession. 
Students from the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka will be coming to Northern New York to earn degrees in the physical therapist assistant programme at the College. 
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently signed the memorandum of cooperation linking the two universities.

International Institute of Health Sciences- Sri Lanka

"Our latest expansion into international learning programmes fits with our mission and the State University of New York's plan to increase international educational opportunities," said Kennedy. "The demands of this field include providing the global healthcare profession with students who have gained international perspective and experience."

Students enrolled in the programme will attend IIHS for two years before travelling to the United States to complete an additional year at SUNY Canton, which will include a semester of clinical instruction. The students will graduate with an associate degree. The first graduating class is scheduled to take part in SUNY Canton's commencement exercises in May 2013.

Deborah Molnar, assistant professor and physical therapist assistant programme director, noted the collaboration between the two institutions was set in motion more than a year and a half ago. "Our students and theirs will mutually benefit from working with each other," she said. "Student's knowledge of the science and practice of the program will expand, aiding the professional practice both locally and internationally."

The College has partnered with several international universities in recent years, but the agreement with IIHS is the first of its kind for SUNY Canton. The College's other international partnerships offer online bachelor's degree programs that give students the opportunity to earn dual degrees from SUNY Canton and their home institution.

MoC signing.. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy Deborah Molnar, Assistant Professor and Physical Therapist Assistant Programme Director at-SUNY Canton University Marela Fiacco, Director of International Programmes SUNY Canton University.

"The new partnership will bring even more international students to our area," said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. "Each time we partner with other colleges overseas, we increase the diverse learning experiences available to our students."

The International Institute for Health Sciences is a healthcare training organization whose mission is to bring innovation to healthcare training, infuse the traditional values of professionalism, while adhering to international training standards to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals. The Institute partnered with SUNY Canton and other international organizations to provide solutions to the global need of well-educated professionals working in healthcare.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor's, associate, and certificate programmes. Most of SUNY Canton's new four-year programmes are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 150 courses online each semester. The College's athletic teams belong to the NAIA's Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction of the College's new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House is nearing completion, while the new apartment-style residence hall, featuring 305 single-occupancy rooms, is under construction and will open in August 2011.

Ms. Kulatunga expressed her gratitude to Priyanthi and Padmesena Dissanayake of Scholarships for USA (Pvt) Ltd, and to Fiacco Marela, Director International Affairs of SUNY Canton, USA for their efforts in initiating and coordinating the affiliation between IIHS and SUNY Canton USA. Ms. Kulatunga further said that this would not only improve the local students' accessibility to American education but will dramatically reduce the cost of education. Upon completion of the Associate Degree a student can find employment as a Physiotherapy professional and academically one can move on to a PhD level.

Milan Perera from Maris Stella College, following the Physiotherapy programme at IIHS says, "I've always wanted to be an international Physiotherapist, so having an international qualification will enable me to fulfil my dream. Now I am following a Diploma in Physiotherapy. Once I complete my Diploma in Physiotherapy at IIHS, I am hoping to go to SUNY Canton University USA for my Associate Degree in Physiotherapy. I am a big sports fan and I want to join an international sports team as a Physiotherapist. I am looking forward to an exciting career with excellent work conditions and a high quality life style". 
IIHS is located at number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. Web:IIHS- www.iihsciences.com.

SUNY Canton- -www.canton.edu

 
IIHS Christmas Bash - The Sunday Times- 2nd January 2011
 
After A/L…start your American Degree in Physiotherapy right here in Sri Lanka- The Sunday Times- 19th December ,2010
Introduction to Physiotherapy - What is Physiotherapy?

International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), the country's premier healthcare training organization has joined hands with the State University of New York (SUNY Canton) for the delivery of the Associate Degree in Physiotherapy, a qualification that will enable successful candidates to step into a profession which has a great potential, as physiotherapy has become an essential component in healthcare services today. Speaking about this trend with his experience of over 30 years as a Medical Consultant working in the USA, Dr. Nihal De Silva says "The demand for physiotherapy services increased sharply over the last few years.


Dr.Nihal De Silva-Dean IIHS- Former Associate Prof: at Stanford University USA. MD, MPH, ACOG

This increase is largely due to the effects of the ageing population, shorter stays in health institutions, the shift to ambulatory care and an improvement in the survival rate of accident victims and newborns. Indirectly, the rise in life expectancy rates makes interventions in this field even more relevant, since they improve the quality of life of elderly people for an increasingly larger proportion of their life. In addition to improving the quality of life of patients, physical rehabilitation services make it possible to keep people suffering from physical problems at home much longer, thereby significantly reducing health care costs."

Profile of a Physiotherapist - What jobs and benefits
Physiotherapists are also known as physical therapists where they opt for a technical job or a managerial job or a lecturing post, says Dr Kithsiri Edirisinghe, a Consultant Medical Administrator and an expert in the international Healthcare professional arena. He further states Physiotherapists contribute in a variety of areas such as industrial and automobile accidents, sports injuries, physical disabilities, home care, geriatrics, pediatrics, and preventative care.

Physiotherapy is a field that holds immense job potential in this age of high-stress lifestyles that often result in physical disorders. With the life of the common man becoming more and more hectic, there is little time to maintain physical fitness. There is thus a growing incidence of ailments which physiotherapists are called upon to attend.

Students aspiring to take up this field must keep in mind that this is a science that seeks to cure a patient without medicines and they almost always see the positive side of treatment where in rehabilitation they experience the patients recovery every day. It is indeed a very satisfactory experience and this is why more and more young people are attracted to this profession. Apart from this, qualified Physiotherapists are entitled to very attractive salaries and perks. On average an international Physiotherapist would earn an annual salary of Rupees 6.5 Million and an Assistant physiotherapist would earn approximately Rupees 5 Million per annum.

What are the academic pathways available?
"It is indeed difficult to get into an international Physical Therapy programme due to the high demand for entry and also the cost of academic studies says Ms. Nishani Kulatunga, Chief Operating Officer of IIHS. IIHS is very proud to announce that amidst these demanding circumstances we have initiated the delivery of an American Physical therapy programme in Sri Lanka. This programme leads to an Associate Degree in Physiotherapy where the student would study 2 years in Sri Lanka and the final year in USA at the State University of New York at Canton. This would not only improve the local students' accessibility to American education but will dramatically reduce the cost of education. Upon completion of the Associate Degree a student can find employment as a Physiotherapy professional and academically one can move on to PhD level. Ms. Kulatunga expressed her gratitude to Priyanthi and Padmesena Dissanayake of Scholarships for USA (Pvt) Ltd, and to Fiacco Marela, Director International Affairs of SUNY Canton, USA for their efforts in initiating and coordinating the affiliation between IIHS and SUNY Canton USA.

The State University of New York at Canton is a public, coeducational, residential college located on a spacious campus along the banks of the Grasse River. Its northern location places SUNY Canton close to the Adirondack Mountains, the St. Lawrence River, and major cities including Ottawa and Montreal. Approximately 3000 students attend SUNY Canton, taking advantage of its vibrant community of people learning and growing together. The College has a continuing record of excellence in providing a career-driven educational experience.

Milan Perera from Maris Stella College, following the Physiotherapy programme at IIHS says, "I've always wanted to be an international Physiotherapist, so having an international qualification will enable me to fulfil my dream. Now I am following a Diploma in Physiotherapy. Once I complete my Diploma in Physiotherapy at IIHS, I am hoping to go to SUNY Canton University USA for my Associate Degree in Physiotherapy. I am a big sports fan and I want to join an international sports team as a Physiotherapist. I am looking forward to an exciting career with excellent work conditions and a high quality lifestyle". 
The International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) has embarked on the ambitious goal of developing the quality of healthcare education in Sri Lanka. Other main healthcare programmes offered at IIHS include the TAFE Diploma of Nursing where students study 18 months in Sri Lanka and 6 months in Australia, BSc in Nursing- Edith Cowan University-Australia, where students can follow 2 years in Sri Lanka and 2 years in Australia, BSc in International Nursing - University of Hertfordshire where students study 2 years in Sri Lanka and 2 years in UK with a guaranteed work placement, BSc in Nursing- Open University of Malaysia where the entire programme can be completed in Sri Lanka, and a Master's of Health Services Management awarded by Edith Cowan University Australia.

New intake for January is now on 
IIHS is located at number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. Web: www.iihsciences.com. 
For inquiries and registration contact Thiwanka on 0774 14 23 98, Nishani on 0773 11 43 91, Amila on 0773 11 43 81, or Hot Line-011 465 11 44 .

 
IIHS produces another batch of caring professionals (The Sunday Times - Sunday November 21, 2010)
 
The Best Return on Investment on Education through an Australian Nursing Programme – The Sunday Times- November 07, 2010
The Best Return on Investment on Education through an Australian Nursing Programme

The International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), the country's leading health care education campus has embarked on the ambitious goal of developing the quality of health care education in Sri Lanka. In this attempt IIHS has now become a TAFE South Australia Approved centre for Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing), offering Sri Lankan students the prospect of becoming qualified nurses through an internationally recognized, cost effective programme that enhances their overall skills and certifies employability across the world.


IIHS TAFE Students : Left to right - Front row- Milan Danushka, Evanka Fernando, , Gayani Jayasekara, Rukmal Kariyawasam, Back row-Ishan Edirisinghe, Aadhiyr Hassan, Kalpa

The Australian Technical & Further Education (TAFE) system is an internationally recognized post secondary (High School) education system that offers study programmes ranging from Certificate to Diploma and Advanced Diploma Levels. TAFE South Australia (TAFESA) is part of the "Vocational Education & Training" network of the South Australian Government, which ensures that the students are able to gain the skills required by employers.

Nursing is one of the most sought after professions in the world, with many perks such as working in an excellent environment with the support of a highly professional team. The career offers flexible working schedules and most importantly the earning capacity of between Rs 450,000 to 800,000 per month. There are ample opportunities for nurses in Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand and Canada where it is estimated that nearly a million Nurses are needed by 2020.

Elaborating on the Diploma of Nursing offered in conjunction with TAFE South Australia, Managing Director of IIHS Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe said "through this programme students get an opportunity to study for 18 months at IIHS and continue their studies in Adelaide, South Australia for the remaining 6 months. Once the 6 months are completed in South Australia, students will be awarded with the AQTF qualification in Diploma of Nursing. Upon the completion of the course, they can either opt to start their nursing career as an enrolled nurse or they can read for a BSc in Nursing, whilst working as an Enrolled Nurse. After completing their BSc, candidates can practise as a Registered Nurse in Australia or even move on to read for a Medical Degree."

Dr. Edirisinghe adds, "The pathway to become an international Nurse is challenging and interesting but not impossible." He stresses on the fact that Sri Lankan students are very smart and easily trained, but the lack of opportunities is the hindering factor for their growth. Upon completion of this programme successful candidates can obtain registration on the Nursing Board of Australia as an Enrolled Nurse, or pave the way to secure employment in USA and Canada as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).


Skills Lab-Port Adelaide campus

Dr. Nihal de Silva the Dean of IIHS pointed out "In Sri Lanka, there is a stereotypical belief that nursing is merely caring for the sick. This is not true. Though nursing is based on caring for the sick, there are quite a lot of avenues one can explore in the field of nursing if one wishes to do so. Nursing will never become a saturated market and it's important to remember that there is a great demand for professionally qualified nurses in any part of the world. This demand keeps increasing every year. Nursing is a noble profession, that brings you respect from all sections of society. As a qualified nurse, not only do you get to serve society meaningfully you are compensated duly for the hard work you put in."

Ms. Nishani Kulatunga the Chief Operating Officer of IIHS states that students, who pursue the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing) at IIHS, will find themselves in an advantageous position as they would enjoy an 18 month advanced standing with TAFE South Australia for Diploma in Nursing.
In addition, value added benefits like the cost effectiveness, adherence to International Standards, International Recognition, guaranteed success at IELTS and IT and a Personality Development Programme that develops their interpersonal competencies are offered through the campus.

We look into all the aspects of these students where we want them to not only be competent in their work but be confident in the international environment". Ms. Kulatunga further stated that the first batch of 12 students currently following the programme at IIHS, have now completed the first of their three semesters in Sri Lanka. Taking this pathway through IIHS, students can save nearly 4 million rupees. The total cost of the programme, including the period in Australia amounts to approximately 1.35 million rupees. This is most advantageous as an Enrolled Nurse or LPN can earn this back in 3 months.

Evanka Fernando, a student of the 1st batch says, "I studied at Good Shepherd Convent, Colombo. From my youngest years, I had a dream to become a Doctor but I could not get into a local university and following a programme in a foreign University was too expensive for my parents to afford. Luckily I enrolled for the TAFE Diploma of Nursing at IIHS, after completion of which I can earn nearly Rs 4.5 lakhs per month as a nurse and join an international MBBS programme. This way I won't be a burden to my parents".

Another student hoping to pursue an international career in Nursing is Addhiyr Hassan from Crescent International College, "I enrolled for the Diploma of Nursing programme at IIHS after my O/Ls. My aunt is in Australia and I would like to go there as well, and she advised me to follow Nursing as a career because there is a high demand for Nurses globally and the profession of Nursing is already in Australia's Skilled Occupation List.

"I always wanted to work as a Nurse in an international hospital" says Rukmal Kariyawasam, from De Mazenod College, "after A/Ls I was selected to the BSc Nursing Programme in a state university and whilst studying in the university I realized that it would take 6 to 8 years to reach my goal. This is a long process and now I have changed my path to achieve my goal faster, enabling me to work in an International Hospital in 2 years' time.

I really enjoy studying this Australian programme since it is competency based learning and indeed it facilitates students to study each module in an effective manner." Gayani Jayasekara, another student following the programme at IIHS states "Before joining this programme I worked as a teacher, employed by the government. I was a little reluctant to leave a secured government job but I later realized that to work in an international setting and to earn a stable income and give my family a better quality of life, I had to make a change."

Registration is now on for the second intake of the TAFE Diploma of Nursing programme scheduled to commence in November 2010. A batch of 15 students will be enrolled and the opportunity is open to students who have sat the A/L exam in any stream.

Other health care programmes offered at IIHS include BSc in Nursing-Edith Cowan University-Australia, BSc in Nursing- Open University of Malaysia, Diploma in Nursing/Physiotherapy/Pharmacy, Master's of Health Services Management, and Diploma in Aged Care (Care Giver) and also IELTS under the faculty of languages.

For more Information and Registration do contact IIHS on 0114 651 144, Nishani on 0773114391, Sabeethan on 0774142398 or Amila on 0773114381. IIHS is located at number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. More details could be obtained from their website www.iihsciences.com

 
After A/Ls head start a globally recognized Healthcare Degree at IIHS- The Sunday Times- August 29th 2010
After A/Ls headstart a globally recognized Healthcare Degree at IIHS

With the increasing demand for Healthcare professionals globally, a Degree in the healthcare sector has become the fast track to success. There are plenty of opportunities to pursue in this industry with stable jobs and attractive salaries. Especially in the area of nursing, in USA alone, there is currently a shortage of 180,000 nurses and globally the demand for nurses is expected to reach 800,000 by the year 2020.


Nursing students at University of Hertfordshire.

For Sri Lankan students hoping to pursue a successful career in the healthcare industry, IIHS, the country's premier, healthcare, training facility is now offering courses in Nursing, Pharmacology, Physiotherapy and Medical Administration. After completion of the Diploma, one can serve locally while following an international Degree right here in Sri Lanka or if candidates are interested in an international career, they can transfer credits to follow their preferred Degree in a University in Australia, UK or USA.

Evanka Fernando, student at IIHS says, "I studied at the Good Shepherd Convent. From my youngest years, I had a dream to become a Doctor but following a program in a foreign University was too expensive for my parents to afford. Therefore, I enrolled for the Diploma in Nursing at IIHS which is conveniently located at No: 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara. After completion of which I can earn nearly Rs 4.5 lakhs per month as an international nurse and join an international MBBS program. This way I won't be a burden to my parents. All my friends ask me why I didn't join a course in Management or IT but I tell them that Healthcare is where the future is. That's where all the job opportunities are. And it is a great way to give back to the world".

"I did my A/Ls in the Commerce stream and joined the Nursing program at IIHS because of the numerous opportunities available for nurses worldwide", says Salosha Gunasekara from Musaeus College, "It is a very respectable, highly paid profession. I will enroll for the BSc in Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire UK after completing the 2nd year of the Diploma at IIHS. IIHS is procuring a guaranteed work placement for me in UK while I complete my BSc and I will get a further 2-year work permit once I complete the Degree. Thanks to the work placement, I will be able to save about Rs 8 Million during my 4-year stay in the UK and I can help my family with that money once I return to Sri Lanka. Moreover, I really appreciate the fact that I did my A/Ls in the Commerce stream is no hindrance at all for me to pursue a career in the health sector.

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe- Managing Director IIHS

Milan Perera from Marist Stella College is following the Physiotherapy program at IIHS, "I've always wanted to be an international Physiotherapist, so having an international qualification will enable me to fulfill my dream. I came to know of IIHS through its website www.iihsciences.com.

Now I am following a Diploma in Physiotherapy. Once I complete my Diploma in Physiotherapy at IIHS, I am hoping to go to SUNY Canton University USA for my Associate Degree in Physiotherapy. I am a big sports fan and I want to join an international sports team as a Physiotherapist. I am looking forward to an exciting career with excellent work conditions and a high quality life style".

Rohitha Priyanjana a student from Anuradhapura Niwaththaka Chethiya M.V following the Diploma in Pharmacology course at IIHS shared his career expectations, "I like Pharmacology and I want to do research in this area and invent new drugs, so I want to gain experience in an international setting. After my Diploma I can work in Sri Lanka and then I will be eligible to obtain PR in Canada".

Another student hoping to pursue an international career in Nursing is Addhiyr Hassan from Crescent International College, "I enrolled for the Diploma in Nursing program at IIHS after my O/Ls. My aunt is in Australia and I would like to go there as well, she advised me to follow nursing as a career because there is a high demand for nurses globally and the profession of nursing is already in Australia's Skilled Occupation List. After completing the 2nd year of my Diploma, I will join Edith Cowan University Australia and obtain a BSc in Nursing".

Dr. Nihal De Silva, who was a former Professor at Stanford University USA and a fetal surgeon who has practiced in the USA and Japan for well over 45 years and presently the Dean of IIHS elaborated on the opportunities available in the healthcare industry, "The health sector has seen a steady growth over the past few years. Seeing the wealth of opportunities in this industry, we have founded this institution to make these opportunities available to our youth. These pathways are accessible to our youth now and Sri Lanka being a country with a high rate of literacy and our youth being extremely talented and resourceful we are capable of making maximum use of these opportunities. In the past, I have observed that people were reluctant to get into the Healthcare sector due to a lack of awareness in the many openings available in this industry and due to the many restrictions that were in place.

But now there is a growing trend where people are getting more interested in this field and they want to explore the openings available. The programs are very flexible with students who have done A/Ls in any stream being able to join. We get students who have done A/Ls in Commerce and Arts streams in our programs. Earlier everyone wanted to get into Management and IT but now the tide has turned and Healthcare courses have become the most sought after programs. With the support of the government to develop private sector education, the distance is closing between our youth and foreign programs.

The Managing Director of IIHS and a Consultant Medical Administrator, Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe expressed his views "IIHS has 4 Faculties; Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Health Management and Languages. We have affiliations with prominent Universities in Australia, UK, USA, Canada and Malaysia where our students can transfer their credits for a BSc after completing our Diploma. Healthcare training programs are extremely expensive but IIHS is offering international level training courses for an affordable cost for the convenience of our students.

We conduct the core modules at IIHS and after two years on completion of the modules students can decide which area they want to specialize in. The outcome would be an international qualification with global employment opportunities. We offer unique benefits for our students, for example, when you enroll for the BSc in Nursing program awarded by the University of Hertfordshire UK, you will go there with a guaranteed job and a four-year work permit. At IIHS, among all the options that we offer you, you will definitely find the best-customized program at a very affordable cost to suit your needs".

IIHS is a premier healthcare training facility, affiliated to The University of Hertfordshire UK, Edith Cowan University Australia, The Open University Malaysia and TAFE South Australia offering Diploma and Degree courses in Nursing, Pharmacology, Physiotherapy, Medical Administration and Personal Care Assistants with a view to provide healthcare professionals from Sri Lanka.

IIHS, functioning to green standards has state of the art lecture halls, IT labs, study areas and a library. 
Registration is now on for September Intake.

For more information do contact IIHS on 0114 65 11 44 or Nishani on 0773 11 43 91, Sabeethan on 0774 14 23 98 or Dr Kithsiri on 0777 00 38 40. IIHS is located at number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. More details could be obtained from their website www.iihsciences.com.

 
 After A/Ls join the industry with the most opportunities!- The Sunday Times- August 29th 2010
After A/Ls join the industry with the most opportunities!

With the increasing demand for Healthcare professionals globally, a Degree in the healthcare sector has become the fast track to success. There are plenty of opportunities to pursue in this industry with stable jobs and attractive salaries. Especially in the area of nursing, in USA alone, there is currently a shortage of 180,000 Nurses and globally the demand for nurses is expected to reach 800,000 by the year 2020.


Left to right - IIHS students - Aadhiyr Hassan, Milan Perera, Evanka Fernando, Rukmal Kariyawasam, Ishan Edirisinghe, Rohitha Priyanjana, Salosha Gunasekara.

For Sri Lankan students hoping to pursue a successful career in the healthcare industry, IIHS, the country's premier, healthcare, training facility is now offering courses in Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Medical Administration. After completion of the Diploma, one can serve locally while following an International Degree right here in Sri Lanka or if candidates are interested in an international career, they can transfer credits to follow their preferred Degree in a University in Australia, UK or USA.

Evanka Fernando, student at IIHS says, "I studied at the Good Shepherd Convent. From my youngest years, I had a dream to become a Doctor but following a program in a foreign University was too expensive for my parents to afford. Therefore, I enrolled for the Diploma in Nursing at IIHS which is conveniently located at No: 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara. After completion of which I can earn nearly Rs 4.5 lakhs per month as an international nurse and join an international MBBS program. This way I won't be a burden to my parents. All my friends ask me why I didn't join a course in Management or IT but I tell them that Healthcare is where the future is. That's where all the job opportunities are. And it is a great way to give back to the world".


Dr. Nihal De Silva - Dean IIHS MD, MPH, ACOG

"I did my A/Ls in the Commerce stream and joined the Nursing program at IIHS because of the numerous opportunities available for nurses worldwide", says Salosha Gunasekara from Musaeus College, "It is a very respectable, highly paid profession. I will enroll for the BSc in Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire UK after completing the 2nd year of the Diploma at IIHS. IIHS is procuring a guaranteed work placement for me in UK while I complete my BSc and I will get a further 2-year work permit once I complete the Degree. Thanks to the work placement, I will be able to save about Rs 8 Million during my 4-year stay in the UK and I can help my family with that money once I return to Sri Lanka. Moreover, I really appreciate the fact that I did my A/Ls in the Commerce stream is no hindrance at all for me to pursue a career in the health sector.

Milan Perera from Marist Stella College is following the Physiotherapy program at IIHS, "I've always wanted to be an international Physiotherapist, so having an international qualification will enable me to fulfill my dream. I came to know of IIHS through its website www.iihsciences.com. Now I am following a Diploma in Physiotherapy. Once I complete my Diploma in Physiotherapy at IIHS, I am hoping to go to SUNY Canton University USA for my Associate Degree in Physiotherapy. I am a big sports fan and I want to join an international sports team as a Physiotherapist. I am looking forward to an exciting career with excellent work conditions and a high quality life style".

Rohitha Priyanjana a student from Anu radhapura Niwat hthaka Chethiya M.V following the Diploma in Pharmacy course at IIHS shared his career expectations, "I like Pharmacology and I want to do research in this area and invent new drugs, so I want to gain experience in an international setting. After my Diploma I can work in Sri Lanka and then I will be eligible to obtain PR in Canada".

Another student hoping to pursue an international career in Nursing is Addhiyr Hassan from Crescent International College, "I enrolled for the Diploma in Nursing program at IIHS after my O/Ls. My aunt is in Australia and I would like to go there as well, she advised me to follow Nursing as a career because there is a high demand for Nurses globally and the profession of Nursing is already in Australia's Skilled Occupation List. After completing the 2nd year of my Diploma, I will join Edith Cowan University Australia and obtain a BSc in Nursing".

Dr. Nihal De Silva, who was a former Professor at Stanford University USA and a fetal surgeon who has practiced in the USA and Japan for well over 45 years and presently the Dean of IIHS elaborated on the opportunities available in the healthcare industry, "The health sector has seen a steady growth over the past few years. Seeing the wealth of opportunities in this industry, we have founded this institution to make these opportunities available to our youth.

These pathways are accessible to our youth now and Sri Lanka being a country with a high rate of literacy and our youth being extremely talented and resourceful we are capable of making maximum use of these opportunities. In the past, I have observed that people were reluctant to get into the Healthcare sector due to a lack of awareness in the many openings available in this industry and due to the many restrictions that were in place. But now there is a growing trend where people are getting more interested in this field and they want to explore the openings available.

The programs are very flexible with students who have done A/Ls in any stream being able to join. We get students who have done A/Ls in Commerce and Arts streams in our programs. Earlier everyone wanted to get into Management and IT but now the tide has turned and Healthcare courses have become the most sought after programs. With the support of the government to develop private sector education, the distance is closing between our youth and foreign programs.

The Managing Director of IIHS and a Consultant Medical Administrator, Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe expressed his views "IIHS has 4 Faculties; Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Health Management and Languages. We have affiliations with prominent Universities in Australia, UK, USA, Canada and Malaysia where our students can transfer their credits for a BSc after completing our Diploma. Healthcare training programs are extremely expensive but IIHS is offering international level training courses for an affordable cost for the convenience of our students.

We conduct the core modules at IIHS and after two years on completion of the modules students can decide which area they want to specialize in. The outcome would be an international qualification with global employment opportunities. We offer unique benefits for our students, for example, when you enroll for the BSc in Nursing program awarded by the University of Hertfordshire UK, you will go there with a guaranteed job and a four-year work permit. At IIHS, among all the options that we offer you, you will definitely find the best-customized program at a very affordable cost to suit your needs".

IIHS is a premier healthcare training facility, affiliated to The University of Hertfordshire UK, Edith Cowan University Australia, The Open University Malaysia and TAFE South Australia offering Diploma and Degree courses in Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Medical Administration and Personal Care Assistants with a view to provide healthcare professionals from Sri Lanka. IIHS, functioning to green standards has state of the art lecture halls, IT labs, study areas and a library.

 
Registration now on for the preparation programme for ERPM/ACT16 at IIHS- The Sunday  Times April 25th ,2010
Registration now on for the preparation programme for ERPM/ACT16 at IIHS

"Turn towards the Internationally Affiliated Institute for Healthcare Education"
There are a number of candidates who have read for their MBBS programme abroad who do not have a chance to serve our community with the knowledge they have gained, as there is no proper guidance for them to take ERPM/ACT 16 examination.

It is not that the foreign graduates do not possess the knowledge or the skills required; it is mainly due to the lack of a proper programme for orientation for the local examinations. IIHS as the country's premier Healthcare Education Campus has identified the value of having a structured and well-defined programme to cater to this need.


ERPM batch at IIHS

This will be a great asset for the candidates who are willing to take ERPM/ACT16 examination to practice medicine in Sri Lanka. This Preparation programme, being the only structured one in Sri Lanka is conducted by an experienced panel of lecturers at state-of-the-art training faculty comprises MCQ discussions, interactive lecture sessions and IT based study sessions which will provide students an exciting learning environment.

"I was amazed at the dedication of the lecturer panel in their attempt to groom the students, giving them confidence to face this competitive exam. IIHS campus atmosphere supports the educational development of students while the state-of-the-art facilities tremendously help in the preparation for exams", commented Dr. Nishani Jayasinghe a former student of the ERPM programme at IIHS.


Classrooms with modern learning facilities.

IIHS is a premier healthcare training facility, affiliated to The University of Hertfordshire UK, Edith Cowan University Australia and The Open University Malaysia, offering Diploma and Degree courses in Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Medical Administration and Personal Care Assistants. IIHS, functioning to green standards has state-of-the-art lecture halls, IT labs, study areas and library.
Registration is now on for the second batch starting on May 10.

For more information and student enrolments please contact Dr.Vindya on 077 048 1221/075 521 0382, Nishani on 077 311 4391 or Ridma on 0774142398.

IIHS General No: 0114 651144
IIHS is located at number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. More details could be obtained from their website www.iihsciences.com.

 

Edith Cowan University's Health care Degrees at IIHS (The Sunday Times - Sunday April 11, 2010)

Pathway to study and work in International Health care Faculties

The International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), the country's leading healthcare education campus has embarked on the ambitious goal of developing the quality of healthcare education in Sri Lanka.
In the attempt to do so, IIHS now offers Edith Cowan University's BSc Nursing Programme and the Master's in Aged Care and Health Services Management. Speaking at a recent press briefing held at IIHS, Associate Professor Jim Cross, Associate Dean, International Faculty of Computing, Health and Science Edith Cowan University, stated that the employability of their nursing graduates was 100%.


Prof: Jim Cross- Associate Dean, International Faculty of Computing, Health and Science- Edith Cowan University Australia.

The advanced standing arrangement will allow students to complete 2 years of the BSc Nursing Programme in Sri Lanka with the final 2 years at Edith Cowan University (ECU), in Perth, Australia.

This will offer Sri Lankan students the prospect of becoming qualified nurses through an internationally recognized, cost effective programme that enhances their overall skills and certifies employability across the world.

Speaking at the event, Mr. David Samuel, Assistant Manager-Business Development, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Australian High Commission stated that due to the high quality world-class education services Australia has to offer international students, it has become one of the world's most popular education destinations as more than 500,000 international students from nearly 200 countries are currently enrolled with Australian education institutions.

Elaborating on the BSc Nursing offered in conjunction with ECU, The Dean of IIHS Dr. Nihal De Silva said "through this programme students get an opportunity to study for 24 months at IIHS and continue their studies in Australia for the remaining 24 months.

Upon completing their BSc candidates can seek registration with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia." He said that annual surveys conducted in Australia have repeatedly shown that nursing is one of the most respected professions in the country. There are several choices of specialization. It's a profession that has maximum employability, flexible work hours and attractive salaries.

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Managing Director of IIHS, stated programmes like the Master's in Aged Care and Health Services Management are needed in Sri Lanka and across the globe. He believes that this kind of formal education programme would greatly benefit the Sri Lankan health sector and also create opportunities for Sri Lankans to shine as international healthcare managers around the world. 
For more information contact IIHS on 0114 65 11 44 or Nishani on 0773114391. IIHS is located at number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. More details could be obtained from their website www.iihsciences.com


From right to left-Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe-Managing Director-IIHS, Dr.Nihal De Silva- Dean-IIHS Prof: Jim Cross -Associate Dean, International Faculty of Computing, Health and Science- Edith Cowan University Australia., Mrs.Nishani Kulatunga- Chief Operating Officer- IIHS, Mr. David Samuel- Business Development Manager, Australian Trade Commission - Colombo, Sri Lanka.


IIHS, Welisara -Your Key to IELTS Success (The Sunday Times - Sunday November 29, 2009 )

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and it is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is accepted by British, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and most American educational institutions for admissions and also it is used by many professional bodies and immigration services. It is also used for recruitment purposes by public and private organizations in many countries. This exam is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

IIHS (International Institute of Health Sciences) is established in Wattala, Welisara is a pioneering health care institute with modern state of art facilities. At the centre of the campus stands a 100 year old heritage building which functions as the College House. Every measure is taken to provide a comfortable, dignified and an ethical environment for students who learn IELTS and various other health care programmes conducted by the institute.

IIHS has recently started an IELTS preparatory course which has produced great results throughout the period of operations. Here the IELTS courses are tailor made to suit the level and requirements of the candidates. The candidates are graded according to the level of their language skills and they are guided accordingly.

We offer different kinds of IELTS courses. If the candidates' English knowledge level is high the candidates are offered the 16 hour course and we have 32 hour, 48 hour and 64 hour courses according to the level of English. Further IIHS is an IELTS registration centre for British Council.
In IELTS testing there's nothing to do with intelligence or 'being clever', it is to do with using effective techniques. We have clearly understood these basic strategies and guide our students to reach their maximum effectively.

For more information do contact IIHS on 2 951 292, 497 5057 or Nishani on 0773114391.
IIHS is located at number 704, Negombo Road, Welisara. More details could be obtained from their website www.iihsciences.com 
Prabodini Jayasinghe,
Lecturer at IIHS





IIHS launches diploma programs (Daily News - Tuesday, 8 September 2009 )

The International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) will commence three diploma programs which include General Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy this month.


Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe

IIHS Managing Director Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe said that this campus offers students the opportunity to pursue their careers in health education. IIHS has introduced several healthcare related programs that have a great demand locally and internationally.

The campus which focuses on training their students to fill the demand that exists in the international market, offers standardized healthcare programs that suit the international requirements.

Dr. Edirisinghe said that IIHS is a green campus that is built in accordance to the green concept using recycled materials which creates a conducive environment that supports the students’ educational needs. The students are provided with well-equipped lecture halls with computers, demonstration and stimulation rooms, a well-stocked library and an e-library for their convenience.

According to Dr. Edirisinghe, IIHS has a highly qualified lecture panel with years of experience and international exposure behind them. The team includes doctors, consultant specialists, senior nurses and paramedical tutors.

The academic staff is headed by Dr. Nihal de Silva who was a former professor at Stanford University USA. Dr. Nihal de Silva has over 40 years experience in the industry.

The vibrant management team is headed by Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe who has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

“the curriculum for these internationally recognized programs has been formulated in collaboration with several foreign universities.

“For an example the curriculum for general nursing has been formulated in conjunction with the Pacific Union College, California,” Dr. Edirisinghe said.

 

Prospects and opportunities in Nursing (The Sunday Times - Sunday September 06, 2009 )

Dr. Nihal de Silva
Despite gloomy predictions of the economy in many countries, the area of nursing offers steady jobs and security. It is indeed recession proof and an opportunity for the next 50 years. In the long run the image of Sri Lanka as a country that produces skilled and intelligent labour will also be improved and the dollars will help too.

It is very important that all students who wish to go abroad for nursing related jobs make sure that the school /college/institute they are enrolling into in Sri Lanka 1) is approved by our Ministry of Health and Regulatory Council so that registration/recognition will not be a problem 2) offer courses that meet the requirements of the foreign country 3) require entry level educational qualifications adequate for acceptance by the foreign country for that particular skill level 4) have adequately qualified staff, facilities and resources to conduct these courses 5) Its teaching is in English.

In Sri Lanka today, a major problem for students of the biological sciences is opportunities in continuing higher education and careers. Unless one enters the University system, the opportunities are very limited or non-existent within the country. One of the fields that offer advancement is in the health care sector and particularly in nursing. Fortunately, the job market following graduation is almost guaranteed in the western world market and even in the local market to a certain extent. Students who cannot enter the university system are by no means academically inadequate. The present university system just cannot absorb all capable students. These students who have demonstrated academic discipline deserve an alternate system to offer them further opportunities. Unfortunately, there is no such system in place and the individual is left to depend on their own resources to further themselves. Most decide to change their direction of study when faced with this roadblock. This is psychologically and financially very taxing. It should be a time when the energy, enthusiasm and ideology of youth should be directed at a brighter future. 

To this end opportunities available abroad should be explored and exploited. The health care field is full of such opportunities mainly in nursing. It is projected that these opportunities (jobs) will be in demand for the next 50 years at least.


It seems a worthwhile area to focus on one's career especially in the light of the present dismal economic forecasts. 

If a student is GCE Adv.Lev. qualified in science subjects with a basic working knowledge of English, the basic entry level qualifications are met for courses in diploma or higher level nursing that would satisfy most international standards. The time frame for foreign job placement would be about 5-6 years from the time of enrollment which is about a year longer than going through the present university system. 
Our graduates who have gone abroad have mostly enrolled in the final year of B.Sc in Nursing programmes having been given full credit for their studies in Sri Lanka. Their adequacy in English, computer literacy and professional knowledge has posed no problems and none have been forced to return to Sri Lanka. 

The International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) situated in Welisara is beginning its 3 year general nursing classes on September 24th 2009. 

This is their 6th intake. Please visit us at our website at www.iihsciences.com for further details. 
It offers courses in related health care fields such as Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Skin care, IT in Healthcare, Hospital Management, Nurse Assistant and Personal Care Giving. 
These courses also include personality development and computer skills.

All teaching is done in English only, so as to create a total immersion environment, which produces adequate fluency and confidence in a few months (IELTS band 7+). All teaching 

is geared to make the students pass the foreign examinations that are held in English. The computer indexed library is by far the best in the field and has active current contributions from foreign schools. There are multiple copies of the more standard texts. Free on line facilities are of course available. Higher level courses are taught mainly by foreign degree holding staff as mandated by international standards. Visiting foreign teachers is another unique feature. Hospital (clinical) exposure will be at leading Colombo private hospitals where the latest technology is available.

Free workshops, like CPR, ECG, First Aid and Emergencies, open to relevant healthcare workers, are held periodically.

The facility is easily accessible by public transport, being situated on the main Colombo -Negombo Road. It is situated on 2+ acres of a "green environment" (flowers, fruits, vegetables, aviary) with modern air conditioned classrooms, lockers, library, demonstration room, computer laboratory, canteen and ample parking.

Age (Yrs) Education Level Place Course Duration/Awarded with
17 GCE (O/L) High School General Education 10 Years.- Certificate
18-21 Vocational Training Any stream 1-3 yrs Certificate/ Diploma
19GCE (A/L) High School Bio Science 2 years- Certificate
23-24 University (Below 5%) Medicine, Bio Science, Dental, Agriculture. 4 Years/ Degree. 
22-23 College/Institute (60%) IT*, Accounting*, Management*, Health Care** 1 to 3 Years- Diploma
20-22 Employ/apprentice/Vocational Training (30%) Technical Schools, Pvt Sector 1-3 Years Certified
After graduation our alumni in the USA, Canada, Australia, UK and the Middle East will be able to give you of their experiences when entering the job market. 

General Education Progression in Sri Lanka Presently, the most common (popular) directions of study. Expensive, saturated market place, competitive.

Less popular. Better and broader prospects. Less expensive, wide open market place locally and abroad. Better pay. More choice and control. Can proceed to a degree. True professional.
By Dr. Nihal De Silva
MD, MPH, ACOG (USA)
The Dean - International Institute of Health Sciences
For More Details please contact
International Institute of Health Sciences
No 704, Negambo Road, Mahabage, Welisara.
Tel: 0112951292/ 0114975057.
0773114391, 0774142398.
Web: www.iihsciences.com

 

IIHS aims to provide quality healthcare education (The Sunday Times - Sunday April 19, 2009)
By Shabnam Farook

The International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), the country's premier healthcare education provider launched its new state -of- the- art healthcare training facility amidst a gathering of distinguished guests.
The Institute, located at Welisara aims to provide quality healthcare education through an internationally recognized curriculum that has been approved by the Ministry of Health.

Expressing his views the Managing Director of IIHS Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe noted that there is increasing demand for health care professionals internationally and added healthcare is a recession free career path that has seen a positive growth through out the years.

"IIHS will use its expertise to drive the school forward in its attempt to provide quality education for those in the health sector. Instead of focusing on simply proving training for general nursing we are also looking at offering the students a range of programs in areas such as assistant nursing, personal care assistants and specialized nursing. Additionally we have expanded our educational services to include a faculty of health management and a faculty of premedical sciences.

The faculty of Health Management offers courses in subjects such as hospital administration, health administration, disaster management, IT in healthcare and a Special diploma programme for Medical Representatives while the faculty of Paramedical Sciences has programs that include pharmacy, physiotherapy, medical laboratory , optometry, biomedical engineering and radiology. Dr.Edirisinghe says that the Institute is well equipped to meet the student's needs and went on to say that the site of the campus was chosen with the intention of creating a conducive atmosphere for the students carry out their educational activities. He further pointed out "Nursing is not a recognized profession in Sri Lanka. We want to change people's attitude about nursing and produce well qualified healthcare professionals who would make a difference. Our students are very keen to learn these programs and we provide them the best of facilities to support their education. If we provide the right training Sri Lankan nurses can become the world's best nurses."

"The programs offered by IIHS are job oriented thus it enables the students to seek overseas employment to broaden their career path. I believe that government authorities should support private organizations like IIHS to improve the standards of healthcare education in the country,'' added Dr.Edirisinghe. Meanwhile, Dr.Nihal de Silva the Dean of The International Institute of Health Sciences said the institute conducts the 3 year diploma program in general nursing according to an American Curriculum.

"IIHS has brought in an internationally recognized curriculum that's conducted in English. Our students are taught discipline and personality development as essential elements of their study programs which make them stand out amongst the rest," he concluded.

 

IIHS and TAFESL team up to provide quality healthcare education (The Sunday Times - Sunday June 14, 2009)
 

As the country's premier healthcare education campus the International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), has continued the march towards providing quality healthcare education to facilitate employment opportunities for Sri Lankan healthcare professionals here and overseas.

In yet another move to solidify its attempt to make quality healthcare education within the students' reach IIHS has joined forces with TAFESL, an organization established to empower Sri Lankans with the right skills and competencies to successfully enter international job markets.

The Managing Director of IIHS Dr.Kithsiri Edirisinghe pointed out the alliance was formed with the intention of providing training and other associated facilities to prospective candidates in the healthcare field and other demand driven disciplines for those who wish to obtain the TAFE qualification under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).The system also facilitates pathways to pursue higher education opportunities in Australia.

TAFESL (Pvt) Ltd is an organization established to operate within the Public- Private - Partnership (PPP) framework under the patronage of the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training in Sri Lanka. The organization's mission is to effectively use Public - Private - Partnerships to enhance the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and sustainability of training in order to address the skills requirements of individuals, enterprises, and the community.

CEO TAFESL and the Advisor to the Minister of Vocational and Technical Training, Eng. Lionel Pinto says TAFESL was established with a view to formulate guidelines and policies for Vocational Training Institutes that directly fall under the purview of the Ministry and other organizations registered with TVEC to fall in line with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) through TAFE System in Australia.

Meanwhile Dr. Edirisinghe elaborated "With the signing of this agreement TAFESL has recognized IIHS as the sole representative for training healthcare professionals, which is a proud moment for the institute. Through this agreement IIHS hopes to provide internationally recognized TAFE qualifications at an affordable price, four times lesser than what one would have to pay for courses followed overseas. Apart from the cost advantage the students also have the opportunity to migrate abroad" He also emphasized the partnership would broaden the institute's prospects in more ways than one as it offers IIHS the opportunity of working in tandem with several other vocational training institutions that have partnered with TAFESL.

In addition, Dr.Edirisinghe expressed his gratitude to Hon. Piyasena Gamage Minister of Vocational and Technical Training for efforts taken to improve the standards of training in the country. IIHS which has now partnered with TAFESL was set up in January 2003 as a training centre for healthcare professionals and conducts training courses in the areas of Nursing, Paramedical Sciences and Health Management. This state- of- the- art health campus aims to infuse innovation for the training of healthcare professionals in order to mould caring and confident healthcare professionals in line with international standards.

IIHS has commenced programmes for healthcare assistants, skin care and IELTS and will shortly begin the programmes on subjects relating to nursing, pharmacy and paramedics alongside courses on medical and hospital administration. (Shabnam Farook)


   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
    PHSRC, Ministry of Healthcare & Nutrition, Sri Lanka - Reg No: PHSRC/OMI / 77    TVEC, Ministry of Vocational Training, Sri Lanka, Reg No: P02/0152