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Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD)

AHEAD (Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development) is a World Bank funded programme, which is implemented with the supervision of Government of Sri Lanka, with the aim of supporting the higher education sector of the country. The sole objective is to upheld the higher education system, thereby uplift Sri Lanka from Lower-Middle Income Country (LMIC) to Upper Middle-Income Country (UMIC).

One identified result area is to promote research and innovation culture to support  economic development, especially the growth of higher-value industries and services

SLIIT – Society Linkage Cell

The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) established the SLIIT – Society Linkage (SLIIT-SL) Cell in order to be eligible to compete for Research Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) projects and Development Oriented Research (DOR) projects as a non-state Higher Education Institute through the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) operations.

The SLIIT-SL Cell is formed in order to build up better industrial partnerships that will aid the above mentioned DOR and RIC projects of the AHEAD Operations.

Responsibilities of SLIIT-SL Cell

Establish Institute Policy (IP), Cell Advisory Committee, Framework for NDA, IP sharing, Tech Transfer as relevant

Establish a Score Card provided by the project to ensure all of the above requirements and responsibilities are met

Submit suitable numbers of proposals with adherence to the deadlines stipulated

Create institutional awareness and capacity mobilization in order to harness SLIIT’s strengths

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