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Friday, May 24, 2013

Minister of Higher Education presides as Chief Guest, at Herzing University degree launch

The official launching of Herzing University degree programmes in affiliation with Horizon Campus was held on the 22nd of May 2013, with the Hon. Minister of Higher Education Mr. S.B. Dissanayake, gracing the occasion as the chief guest. Herzing University’s President, Renée Herzing, Mr. Thomas Haynes, Director of International Operations for Herzing University and Dr. Priyantha Premakumara, Additional Secretary to the University Grants Commission, were also amongst the distinguished guests, who attended this ceremony.

The Hon. Minister, while reminiscing the inauguration of Horizon Campus Malabe, had this to say, “….Good Evening Ladies & Gentleman, It is my great pleasure to be with you here today, celebrating another milestone in the journey of Horizon Campus. Since its inception more than two years ago, I am very pleased to see that Horizon Campus has steadily grown in stature, providing for many degree programmes, from the University of London & Karnatake State Open University. Today it has taken another very important step in affiliating with Herzing University from the USA, which is a prestigious, recognized and accredited Higher Education institution, delivering a range of degree programmes to a larger student community across the country.

Horizon commenced its journey in the field of education 4 years back, with the international school, in Malabe, and eventually the campus programmes one year later. It is to the credit of the Management of Horizon Campus, that they have had the vision of providing opportunities for students to fulfill their educational dreams, commencing from the junior school, secondary and degree completion. It was with this vision that Horizon has steadily grown with 2 BSc degrees & an MSc from Karnataka State Open University & 7 BSc degrees & LL.B. from the University of London being offered, in its state of the art facilities in Malabe & Colombo. I’m indeed pleased to have been part of this journey thus far”.

The Hon. Minister was also to emphasize the need for International degree programmes in the country, and the availability of institutions such as Horizon City campus, within the local context, “….International degree providers in Sri Lanka are many. If anything I believe it has been an asset to the national education sector, rather than being a bane to it. As we are all aware, not all gets an opportunity of entering the local university system, thus creating a plethora of issues for students who failed to enter the University system. It is indeed here that the international degree providers/ institutions have assisted such a student population, by providing opportunities in varied areas of study. I believe that there is a general consensus that International education is important and vital in providing the sufficiently qualified manpower requirements that the government & private sectors require in our goals of national development. It is my firm belief that students who are exposed to the expectations & rigors of an international programme would also have the opportunities of utilizing such experiences, within a Sri Lankan context.

In this context I believe that Horizon Campus have taken all necessary steps to achieve its lofty ideals of providing international Standard higher education to the youth of this country, to provide a varied field of degree Indeed, I have to say it is very heartening to see that Horizon Campus has been considerate of students from all walks of life, be it urban, suburban or village, in providing educational courses to fit in with their career desires and means of affordability. I’m convinced that the affiliation with Herzing University, encapsulates this vision in providing easily accessible, convenient and an affordable mode of study for students from any area of Sri Lanka. My heartiest congratulations, to Mr. Upul Daranagama, the management, staff and academic staff for a job well done, thus far.

Delivering a message on behalf of Herzing University, President Renée Herzing was to emphasize the dedication of Herzing University to developing quality programmes of study and also the commitment of the University to its international students.

“….Career-focused education has always been the foundation of Herzing University. Our students’ success in their chosen career is the priority of our faculty and staff. To this end, Herzing University strives to develop programs that will not only educate our students but also equip them with the tools necessary to thrive in the very competitive, ever-changing job market.

Real-World Skills. While we know how important it is to give our students a quality general education, we also realize the importance of industry-specific skills. Each campus works closely with local and regional employers to ensure that Herzing University degree programs encompass the skills and knowledge needed for our students to succeed at the next level.

Convenient Scheduling. Our students are our top priority, and every decision we make stems from that commitment. Herzing University offer classes and programs designed for any student who is struggling to juggle the demands of a job, family, and other activities. We offer classes to allow our students the flexibility to reach their higher education goals.

Our Commitment of Support. I have great respect for our students who are often balancing work and family commitments with their studies. We at Herzing University are committed to assisting them as they strive to improve their lives through education — an education that enhances their careers, and in turn benefits local employers, communities, and country.  For our international students, this means that we treat you as part of the Herzing University family, and we help you step-by-step in your journey with us to earn your U.S. degree and realize your career goals….”

Mr. Thomas Haynes also delivered a speech on behalf of the University. The faculty of Horizon Campus, students and members of staff of HCI were also in attendance at this event.

Herzing University while offering the MBA, would also offer four Bsc. Degree Programs in nine concentrations:

  • Business Management with a Concentration in Business Administration (BSBMBA)
  • Business Management with a Concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies (BSBMES)
  • Business Management with a Concentration in International Business (BSBMIB)
  • Business Management with a Concentration in Marketing (BSBMM)
  • Graphic Design with a Concentration in Print Design (BSGRDPD)
  • Graphic Design with a Concentration in Web Design (BSGRDWD)
  • Information Technology with a Concentration in Network Management (BSITNM)
  • Information Technology with a Concentration in Security Technology (BSITST)
  • Software Development with a Concentration in Computer Programming (BSSDCP)

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.  Regional Accreditation is the highest level of accreditation in the United States.  For further information, The Higher Learning Commission can be contacted on the Commission’s website at

More information can be obtained by contacting the Herzing University Hotline at Horizon Campus on 0718 622 727 or 2 369 202 or You could also visit the Campus Office at 7, Kirimandala Mawatha, Colombo 5

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