JISC introduces “Zero Cost” degree programme with Singapore’s Lithan Academy, HNB

 Introduces “Earn & Learn” concept for first time in SL
 Guaranteed paid apprenticeships in leading int’l tech firms
 Students able to achieve 100% debt-free degree

JISC Campus, the Authorised Training Partner for Lithan Academy Singapore
and part of EduCLaaS (Competency Learning as a Service) Alliance formally launched the “Earn &
Learn” degree programme in partnership with Hatton National Bank this week.
Lithan EduCLaaS Global Managing Director Joel Chow, officials from the JISC Campus, HNB and
experts from Sri Lanka’s ICT, Education and Banking sectors attended the launch event.
CEO of JISC Campus Wijitha Wijesekera stated that history was being made in Sri Lanka with the
unique ‘Zero Cost’ degree programmes which are offered through its ‘Earn and Learn’ Programme.
“We offer two globally accredited degree pathways – British B.Sc Hons degrees from the highly
prestigious University of Roehampton UK to fulfil a growing need for specialised IT personnel to
drive the global economy. Our degrees come with the unique features of guaranteed employment
enabling aspiring students to pioneer world class education without borders – and this is yet another
first for Sri Lanka.”
The degrees are funded by HNB which will give guaranteed student loans from the first degree year,
enabling students to borrow, earn and pay the loan, while retaining a saving even before graduation.
“This makes it a 100 percent debt-free degree.”
Chow who explained that Lithan Academy Singapore was offering two in-demand degrees – Software
Engineering BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Digital Business & Marketing BSc (Hons) in
Business Management and Marketing, stated that, “With the advent of the global pandemic, the
whole world saw a rapid virtual adaption, which also disrupted the conventional operations of
educational institutions. But we realised what was happening, and we stepped in. Today, you can
learn anything from the world’s best, from anywhere. Finally, education has gone beyond physical
attendance and limitations.”
Sri Lankan youth now have the opportunity to engage in distant learning in a virtual campus that
offers world-class knowledge and international industry experience. Joining the programme will
enter students with foreign batch mates and international academic staff, while also being given
attractive internship opportunities in leading international tech firms- with a guaranteed Dollar
income by working from home.

Some unique features offered through this programme include a mandatory full-time apprenticeship
programme for three years (Year 2 to 4) and paid apprenticeship placements in international tech
companies through JISC and Lithan Academy Singapore. In addition to tailor-made student funding
through HNB, students may potentially earn up to US$16,200, with a guaranteed minimum earning
of US$5,400.
Upon graduation, students may earn a 200-300 percent higher salary compared to academic
graduates from conventional universities, thanks to being global-ready with three years of
international exposure, and the international network of students and co-workers for a successful
future in international business ventures and employment.

About Lithan Academy Singapore
Lithan is a Singapore-based digital learning and talents platform with the mission to deliver growth
for talents and enterprises in the digital economy. EduCLaaS® delivers Competency Learning as a
Service to support work integrated learning, digital solutions implementation and just-in-time talents
development through EduCLaaS® Learning Alliance which consists of over 100 Campuses and HEI’s
in Asia and Middle East. JISC is part of the EduCLaaS® Learning Alliance and Authorised Training
Partner (ATP) of Lithan Academy.

From left: Piyakara D. Jayaratne – Senior Manager, Business Development at HNB, Joel Chow –
Managing Director, Lithan EduClaaS Global and Wijitha Wijesekera – CEO, JISC Campus

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