"Sri Lanka to improve English education in next ten years" – President

The gove ment is collaborating with the Califo ian university system to obtain assistance to mode ize agriculture in Sri Lanka and to set up a new agro-technology university, said Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe. 

He was addressing the 70th anniversary of the United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission Program in Colombo on Wednesday (16). 
He said that the gove ment discussed with a group of Singaporean investors on Tuesday (15) the supply of food for island nations and Middle East countries which lack their food resources. 
He said that this was only the start and he issued instructions to find the land for it and mode ize agriculture. 
He said that Fulbright alumni such as Prof Pradeepa Bandaranaike are vital assets in mode izing agriculture. 
He added that the new agro-technology university will be combined with the Tea Research Institute (TRI), among others, to work with some of the American institutions on how to upgrade research in Sri Lanka. 
President Ranil Wickremesinghe also said that the gove ment is focusing on improving English language education within the next ten years. 
He added that he hoped to obtain assistance for training teachers and trainers from the US counterparts for this ambitious project. 
The President assured the initiation of this project and said Sri Lanka will depend on the Fulbright scholarships and assistance to bring down counterparts from America. 
President Wickremesinghe said that the foundation for the friendly relations between the two countries is the educational exchange program, especially the binational Fulbright exchange program between Sri Lanka and the United States. (colombotimes.lk)