Education, Jobs, and Youth

The Narrow Human Resource Base in Science and Technology Could Constrain Sri Lanka’s Knowledge Economy Ambitions

Around the world, knowledge and innovation have become the drivers of global competitiveness. Countries are competing with each other to invest more on Research and Development (R&D) to help create more novel technologies to gain comparative advantages in knowledge. Workers in Science and Technology (S&T) are a key element of this. Towards understanding Sri Lanka’s development prospects from a human resource perspective, this article hopes to define and quantify the S&T human resources in the country and assess the quality of the S&T workers for their innovative potential.

Lankan University Graduates: Late Birds, No Worms?

The university system is in chaos again. Following the disruption of a month of academic activity due to an island-wide strike by university non-academic staff in June this year, the academic staff also took trade union action in early-July. The two strike actions have cumulatively taken two months off the undergraduate calendar and a suitable resolution has not been made to date. While this article excludes itself from commenting on the politics of such action, it rather serves to highlight how it impacts youth in Sri Lanka and the economy as a whole.

TE Digest Editorial – ‘It’s All About Jobs’

Here’s a sneak preview of the introductory note from the Editor’s Desk contained in the forthcoming edition of the ‘Talking Economics Digest’. The latest Digest releases this week, alongside a networking event and an ‘Expert Voices’ panel discussion on “The Jobs Challenge”

Greening Jobs in Sri Lanka: Getting Things Started

UNEP (2008) defines the concept of green jobs as encompassing two basic elements. The first involves, “averting dangerous and potentially unmanageable climate change and protecting the natural environment which supports life on earth.” The second element focuses on “providing decent …

Expanding Tertiary Education Critical to Sri Lanka’s ‘Knowledge Hub’ Aspirations

Each year 100,000 qualified students have to abandon their ambitions to enter university. Less than 4% of 20-24 year olds in Sri Lanka are enrolled in a university. As Sri Lanka’s aims to grow as a knowledge-based economy and become a ‘Knowledge Hub’ for the region, these numbers are concerning. Meanwhile, the debate on permitting private universities continues apace. A Bill to permit private universities was about to be presented by the government to Parliament, but was subsequently shelved, under pressure from certain student and teacher groups. In this article, Priyanka Jayawardena presents the key arguments put forward and opens them out for wider debate.