Virtusa Marks 5th Anniversary of NSBM Green University with Further Investments to Enrich Successful Industry Partnership

December 22, 2021

Virtusa Corporation, a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and IT services and solutions, celebrated the fifth anniversary milestone of the NSBM Green University with a pledge to enhance its industry partnership with the national higher educational institution through further long-term investments.

Working closely with NSBM through its Campus Reach initiative, Virtusa recently extended its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance and recruit the next generation of IT professionals. The MoU was formalized by Prof. E. A. Weerasinghe, Vice Chancellor of the NSBM Green University and Sampath Thrimavithana, Head of Human Resources of Virtusa Sri Lanka. Additionally, Ahilan Vivekanandan – Senior Director for Asia Pacific & Europe, Lalitha Perera – Head of Learning & Development Sri Lanka, Shiham Nawaz – Head of Capability Transformation & Operations Leadership Sri Lanka and Suweda Rajaratnam – Head of Campus Reach Sri Lanka, represented Virtusa at the event, while Prof. Chaminda Rathnayake – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Rasika Ranaweera – Dean Faculty of Computing, Pavithra Kankanamge – Head/Senior Lecturer – Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering from the NSBM Green University were also present at the signing of the MoU.

“We are happy to level up our partnership with Sri Lanka’s leading IT and digital engineering company Virtusa, and synchronize our curriculum development with industry skill demand,” Vice Chancellor of the NSBM Green University Prof. E. A. Weerasinghe commented. “Through strategic, long-term collaborations such as these, we can drive academic outcomes that ensure an effective entry for our graduates into a new talent landscape.”

With this MoU, Virtusa aims to elevate its industry partnership with NSBM to the next level by mapping current industry anticipation to relevant skill sets, developing competencies for employability in this rapidly evolving sector. NSBM’s IT talent pool stands to benefit greatly through mentorships, sponsorships, as well as international exposure through Virtusa’s network of global partners, and recruitment opportunities for over 150 top graduates annually.

“Top performing university students are not only sought for their employment potential by companies, they also form a very crucial and transformational link in our IT industry supply chain; one that propels growth, new thinking and innovation,” Sampath Thrimavithana, Head of Human Resources of Virtusa Sri Lanka stated. “IT graduates from NSBM and across Sri Lanka will remain one of Virtusa’s key investments as our company and industry evolves at a rapid pace.”

To date, Virtusa has introduced a number of programs at NSBM such as core technological skills, project management skills, and soft skills for non-technical human interactions to make the university-to-workplace-culture transition effortless for graduates. Virtusa also added a number of intelligent technologies and platforms into the curriculum under emerging technological skills. Young graduates will soon be able to explore such technologies at a dedicated incubation laboratory fully sponsored by Virtusa, scheduled to open by the end of 2021.

Virtusa’s Campus Reach initiative – an industry-academia partnership – was designed to carry out IT curriculum development, internships and mentoring among partner universities and institutes of higher education, directly improving skill capacities of potential employees. The Campus Reach initiative helps the company forecast and plan entry-level talent acquisition, bridge skill gaps and map future talent needs by shaping a more relevant curriculum, and creating a highly compatible talent pool.


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