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‘Educate to Elevate' – Pathways to UK Education for Sri Lankan Students

‘Educate to Elevate' – Pathways to UK Education for Sri Lankan Students

The Students Visa brings together top UK education experts to highlight study-abroad opportunities

The Students Visa, a premier student migration consultancy hosted the "Educate to Elevate" panel discussion at Hatch Works, Colombo. This event aimed to shed light on the boundless educational opportunities available in the United Kingdom, a country renowned for its prestigious higher education system.


Sri Lanka is a significant market for UK higher education, particularly in the realm of transnational education. In recent years, Sri Lanka has recorded the third-highest number of students pursuing UK qualifications internationally. Each year, approximately 160,000 Sri Lankan students are ready for tertiary education. However, with state universities able to enrol only 42,000 students annually, competition for these limited spots is fierce. In 2022, only 23% of the 166,938 qualifying students gained admission to state universities. As a result, around 29,000 students seek higher education abroad each year, with an additional 60,000 engaging in various academic programs.


The UK remains a highly desirable destination for international students, attracting about 460,000 new students annually. The "Educate to Elevate" panel brought together distinguished figures from the UK's higher education sector to discuss how Sri Lankan students can navigate their academic futures abroad.


The esteemed panel included Nitin Bhasson, Territory Manager – South Asia at the University of East London; Kranthi Reddy, Regional Manager at the University of Wolverhampton; Ayush Gupta, Country Manager – India & Sri Lanka at De Montfort University; Srishti Birla, Student Recruitment Officer at Birmingham City University; Abhishek Kumar, Country Head UK at Infinite Group; Thilina Rajapaksha, Senior Country Manager at Apply Board and Anoiline T. Thevaranjan, Senior International Recruitment Manager. The discussion was moderated by Raees Ul Haq, CEO and Founder of The Students Visa.


The Students Visa plays a pivotal role in connecting prospective students with prestigious institutions and universities worldwide. They provide assistance with the admission process, scholarships, and visa procedures.


Thilina Rajapaksha highlighted the trend of increasing student migration to the UK, noting, “Approximately 5,700 students went to the UK from Sri Lanka in 2023. It’s crucial to avoid fraud; genuine migration agents do not charge fees beyond what is specified on university websites. Students should verify the credibility of agents through the British Council.” He emphasised the strong relationships The Students Visa and Apply Board maintain with universities, allowing access to exclusive scholarship opportunities.


Abhishek Kumar pointed out, “The UK boasts a visa acceptance rate exceeding 95%. British universities are globally recognised for enhancing critical and creative thinking skills, equipping students with the necessary tools for career success. Studying in the UK offers valuable work experience opportunities through internships, part-time jobs, or post-study work visas.”


Srishti Birla underscored the competitive edge of UK universities, stating, “UK institutions are among the world’s best, often ranking in the top 100 globally. The Quality Assurance Agency ensures high standards of learning. The shorter degree programs, like two-year degrees, save students time and resources. Scholarships are plentiful, and many Sri Lankan students excel without needing to take the IELTS exam due to their exceptional English proficiency.”


The Students Visa provides a comprehensive, free service for students aspiring to study in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States. Their services include assisting with university applications, financial management advice, visa procedures, pre-departure services, and post-graduation support.


Raees Ul Haq shared, “Our mission is to offer outstanding educational opportunities that foster personal growth and career success. We streamline the application process, providing students with autonomy and dedicated support to ensure a seamless transition to studying abroad.”


He further added, “From selecting the right educational institute and course to navigating financial and visa challenges, we support our students throughout their journey. Even after graduation, we assist with post-educational migration needs and job placements.”


The Students Visa stands as a reliable and registered platform for student migration, ensuring that every student receives the guidance and support necessary to achieve their educational and career aspirations.


For more details, visit their website at or call +9471 477 7888.


Photo captions


Image 1 -

Seated from Left to Right -

Anoiline T. Thevaranjan - Senior International Recruitment Manager; Srishti Birla - Student Recruitment Officer for Birmingham City University and Nitin Bhasson, Territory Manager – South Asia for the University of East London

Standing from Left to Right -

Thilina Rajapaksha - Senior Country Manager for Apply Board; Nuzri Munsoor, COO - The Students Visa; Raees Ul Haq - Founder/CEO - The Students Visa; Abhishek Kumar, Country Head UK - Infinite Group; Ayush Gupta, Country Manager – India & Sri Lanka for De Montfort University; Kranthi Reddy, Regional Manager for the University of Wolverhampton and Sadeesh Paul - Regional Head, Sri Lanka - Infinite Group


Image 2 - Raees Ul Haq - Founder and CEO of The Students Visa

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