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Sri Lanka The best holiday destinations for 2020 -UK “The Times”

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#SriLanka Best holiday destinations- British newspaper based in London The Times select Sri Lanka as the best holiday destinations for 2020

The best holiday destinations for 2020- Sri Lanka

The Times, British daily national newspaper based in London selected Sri Lanka as the best holiday destinations for 2020.

The Sunday Times Travel team selects the must-see spots for 2020 and release the 20 best holiday destinations for 2020.

Sri Lanka: the comeback kid with the big heart.

Old favourites and new hotspots are luring visitors back to this big-hearted country. As the country seeks to put the Easter Sunday bombings behind it, old favourites and new hotspots are luring visitors back.

We tipped Sri Lanka in 2018, and we have such faith in the island, we’re tipping it again. Since the devastating Easter Sunday bombings earlier this year, there’s been an outpouring of warmth towards the country. It had been on a high — welcoming more and more visitors — and it is, happily, well on the road to recovery, with operators seeing rises in bookings even on pre-attack numbers. I’ve been drawn back by the beauty of the place, the kindness of the people and those fragrant curries that you’ll even crave for breakfast.

If you’re anything like us, then the toasts, turkey and tantrums of the festive period will have been punctuated by lively discussions about travel plans for the year ahead. Far-flung or flight-free? City or coast? Culture or mindless loafing? To help you reach a decision, our experts have picked out a nice round 20 destinations they think are worthy of your consideration in 2020. There are comeback kids (Sri Lanka); emerging regions (the Caucasus); old favourites (Guernsey); progressive cities (Taipei); secretive kingdoms (Saudi Arabia); and at least three capitals of culture. Enjoy!

20 FOR 2020 – Article

Sri Lanka’s tourism and travel achievement in 2020

  💠 Sri Lanka listed as the best country to travel to in 2020, The Times UK

  💠 Sri Lanka listed in 20 best country to travel to in 2020, Conde Nast Traveler.

  💠 Sri Lanka included for six best places to visit in Asia for solo female travelers in 2020.

  💠 Sri Lanka listed in CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020

Travel and tourism sector is developing in Sri Lanka. Recently Sri Lanka has won many awards and achievements in year 2020 and 2019.

Prof. Sampath Amaratunge appointed as the Chairman of UGC

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Prof Sampath Amaratunge appointed as the Chairman of UGC Sri Lanka
Prof Sampath Amaratunge appointed as the Chairman of UGC Sri Lanka

Prof. Sampath Amaratunge appointed as the Chairman of University Grant Commission UGC Sri Lanka by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today. He was the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He was elected as a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities United Kingdom as a member representing the constituency II.

Prof Sampath Amaratunge appointed as the Chairman of UGC Sri Lanka

Professor Amaratunge, BA (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, MA in Economics from the University of Colombo, MSc. in Economics of Rural Development from Saga National University and Ph.D. from Kogoshima National University in Japan, counts over 27 years’ service in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. An authority in Rural Economic Development, Professor Amaratunge has won several awards including the prestigious Research Excellence Award (2002) of the Kyushu Society of Rural Economics, Japan. He has over 75 refereed publications to his credit, both locally and internationally.

Prof. Sampath Amaratunge has held a variety of leadership positions, He was the 25th Vice Chancellor appointed for the University of Sri Jayewardenepura without considering those appointed as Acting Vice Chancellors of the said university in the last 60 years. His two terms of Vice-Chancellorship has resulted in noteworthy changes for the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. USJP has expanded with three new faculties under his leadership: Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.

First school term commence today

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2020 A/L Examination not postponed
2020 A/L Examination not postponed

The first school term of 2020 will commence on Thursday 02nd January 2020.

Forty-seven schools used for Phase I of 2019 G. C. E. Ordinary Level paper marking will remain closed until the 6th of January, stated the Department of Examinations.

Ordinary Level Phase I paper marking is carried out at 110 marking centers established within 84 schools in 56 towns.

However, 47 out of the 84 selected schools will remain closed despite schools around the country are set to reopen (02).

Further, 2 of the 47 schools will be closed on 6th January as well, stated the Department.

However, the remaining 37 schools along with every other school in the country will reopen for the first school term Jan 2.

Sri Lanka includes CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020

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Sri Lanka listed CNN Travel's 20 places to visit in 2020
Sri Lanka listed CNN Travel's 20 places to visit in 2020 Visit Sri Lanka

Good News for 2020 new year. The South Asian island nation Sri Lanka includes CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020 year. Several world famous other travel magazines and websites have already included Sri Lanka for the best 20 list.

2019 was an amazing year for Sri Lankan tourism as Sri Lanka achieved many achievements, awards and milestones.  Despite 2019’s Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lanka’s tourism is bouncing back faster than expected, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism official figures.

CNN

CNN Travel’s 20 places to visit in 2020

The South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka is as ancient as it is beautiful; as complex a civilization now as at any time in its 2,000-year history. Despite recent tumult (the horrific terror attacks last Easter), Sri Lanka remains an essential destination, an epicenter of history, with relics and ruins, temples and palaces, wildlife running free.

Sitting in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern tip of India, travelers may default to thinking of Sri Lanka as a beach getaway. But to truly immerse yourself in the country’s history, go inland and tour the country’s cultural triangle.

Start in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the country’s capital in the 12th century. This UNESCO Heritage site is comprised of the ruins of Buddhist temples and dagobas (dome-shaped shrines) and is frequented by Buddhist monks in orange robes.

A little over an hour to the west by car is the rock fortress, Sigiriya. Sometimes referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” this ancient volcanic formation that soars over 200 meters (656 feet) high was developed into a palace fortress in the latter half of the 5th century. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is one of the most-visited landmarks in Sri Lanka.

Don’t miss:

The Kandy Esala Perahera (June 26-July 16) is an annual festival honoring the Sacred Tooth Relic, believed to be the Buddha’s actual tooth. Also not to be missed: “The Gathering,” where herds of wild elephants migrate to the shores of an ancient reservoir in north-central Sri Lanka’s Minneriya National Park (July through early November). CNN

Sri Lanka’s tourism and travel achievement in 2020

  💠 Sri Lanka listed as the best country to travel to in 2020, The Times UK

  💠 Sri Lanka listed in 20 best country to travel to in 2020, travel publication Conde Nast Traveler.

  💠 Sri Lanka included for six best places to visit in Asia for solo female travelers in 2020.

  💠 Sri Lanka listed in CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020

Travel and tourism sector is developing in Sri Lanka. Recently Sri Lanka has won many awards and achievements in year 2020 and 2019.

Z Score Cut Off Marks Release Monday to www.ugc.ac.lk ?

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2020 Z Score Cut off marks release Sri Lanka UGC Campus University
Z Score Cutoff marks release Sri Lanka UGC Campus University 2020

UPDATE – Much awaited, A/L Zscore cut-off marks will be released on Monday October 26. A total of 41,500 candidates will be allowed to enter state universities, Sampath Amaratunga, the chair of the University Grants Commission told to NewsFirst. The university intake for degrees such as medicine and engineering has been increased this year, Amaratunga further said. Releasing Z Score cutoff marks delayed due to a lawsuit / case filed and due to coronavirus outbreak and limited staff at UGC. Z-score cutoff marks will be released to UGC official website www.ugc.ac.lk .

Releasing Z Score cutoff marks again delay. According to UGC sources, releasing Zscore cutoff marks delay due to a lawsuit. UGC is now consulting with Attorney General AG department’s advice over this matter. UGC earlier said they will release Cutoff marks October 1st week or before 2nd week.

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSION BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE GCE (A/L) EXAMINATION 2019

In a case pending before the Supreme Court in relation to allocation of places for courses of study between the students who applied for University admission under New and Old Syllabi based on the results of the GCE (A/L) Examination held in 2019, a motion was filed by the Hon. Attorney General informing the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in principle to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately due to lack of time, the matter was not listed this week. Therefore Hon. Attorney General took further steps to file another motion seeking to list the matter on 20.10.2020.

The cut off marks will be released thereafter.

The Chairman – University Grants Commission

“Lanka Education” managed to contact University Grants Commission (UGC) officials. According to UGC sources, much awaited 2019 ZScores cutoff marks will be released to the internet before commence 2020 A/L examination. UGC sources further told “Lanka Education” that the 2019 A/L exam based ZScore Cutoff marks will be release before October 2nd week. Sources further say they will try their best to release cut-off marks during October first week.

“Zscore cutoff marks preparation at its last stage, UGC is hoping to release the cut-off marks October first week”

University Z Score Cut Off Marks to release 2020 October to www.ugc.ac.lk

Z score Cutoff marks based on 2019 A/L exam results will be delayed as several aptitude tests have not conducted and several aptitude tests results have not been released. According to the UGC sources all aptitude tests results should be released before releasing Zscore Cut off marks. Tests were delayed due to coronvirus outbreak. According to the University Grants Commission UGC sources releasing Zscore cutoff marks and starting university entrance for new academic year will be delayed due to coronvirus outbreak. UGC sources say the delay is due month-long public service shutdown following curfew and less staff reporting to work as a safety measures. UGC has not yet announced the exact date of releasing Z-score. We “Lanka Education” will update the cut-off marks release dates in coming days once contacted the UGC officials.

Earlier Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC planned to release cut-off marks on 2020 June or July months and speed the university admission process. Release was delay due to sudden coronavirus outbreak, curfew, and safety regulations. UGC has not yet announced the exact date.

Below listed Zscore Cutoff marks released dates during last 10 years. Only 2011 A/L exam’s Zscore releasing dragged to December month. In other years, it was released September month.

When 2019 / 2020 Z Score Cut-off marks release to UGC Website?

Year Cut Off Marks Released
2010 A/L May 27, 2011
2011 A/L December 28, 2012
2012 A/L November 9, 2013
2013 A/L September 6, 2014
2014 A/L October 6, 2015
2015 A/L September 20, 2016
2016 A/L June 6, 2017
2017 A/L July 26, 2018 
2018 A/L July 26, 2019
2019 A/L October 26, 2020*

*forecast data

Meanwhile Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities.  

Academic activities of Medical & Engineering faculties will start before 2020 November end. According to the reliable sources other faculties (Management, Science, Arts) will start from 2020 December to February 2021 period.

University Z Score Cut Off Marks to release 2020 October to www.ugc.ac.lk

Minimum Z-scores for selection to courses of study of universities in respect of each district and detailed information of course selection based on the GCE (A/L) Examination in 2019 can be accessed through the following modes after release;


1. Websites

www.ugc.ac.lk

www.selection.ugc.ac.lk


2. Call 1919 (Government Information Centre)


3. SMS to 1919

Format:  ugc <space> Index Number -> send to 1919

Example: ugc 2223322 ->send to 1919


4. Call UGC – 0112695301, 0112695302, 0112692357, 0112675854

Z score Cutoff marks based on 2019 A/L exam results will be delayed as several aptitude tests have not conducted and several aptitude tests results have not been released. According to the UGC sources all aptitude tests results should be released before releasing Zscore Cut off marks. Tests were delayed due to coronvirus outbreak

2019 O/L Exam Results Release April 30

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2020 O/L Exam Details
2019 2020 Sri Lanka OL Exam results Timetable application

UPDATE – O/L results release process now its final stage. Results will release coming few days before April 30. Results release date delay. GCE Ordinary Level Examination (2019 O/L Exam) results will be release 2020 April 30, according to Examination Department sources. Examination Commissioner has NOT yet confirmed any results release date of O/L exam.

2019 Sri Lanka OL Exam results
2019 Sri Lanka OL Exam results

2019 O/L Exam Results Release to Sri Lanka Examination Department official website http://www.doenets.lk. If Website slow due to web Traffic, Use below website http://www.exams.gov.lk or http://www.results.exams.gov.lk or check via SMS.

Official websites

http://www.doenets.lk.

http://www.exams.gov.lk

http://www.results.exams.gov.lk

Commissioner General of Examinations says evaluation process of the answer scripts of the G.C.E.(2019 O/L Exam) Examination 2019 will be end 2020 January 26.

2019 GCE O/L Exam commenced on December 2. Exam lasted till December 12. Exam held at 4,987 examination centers islandwide. 2020 O/L exam will held on December month and relevant timetable and other applications will be release future dates.

Grade 7 textbook “Hathe Ape Potha” over Sexual Education faces Controversies.

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Book Hathe Ape Potha Sexual Education in Sri Lanka School Students
Book Hathe Ape Potha Sexual Education in Sri Lanka School Students

*Education Minister called for a report into Grade 7 controversial textbook “Hathe Ape Potha”.

*Controversial sex education book was recalled by the Educational Publications Department last month – well before the monks held their press conference.

Last week, Venerable Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera calling in a press conference said that the Grade 7 textbook ‘Hathe Ape Potha’ introduced collaboratively by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education of the previous government to attach education on sexual and reproductive health into the school curriculum promotes inappropriate and obscene content sexually exploiting young children, and demanded prohibition.

The content of the Hathe Ape Potha textbook cannot be even read consciously by adults, the Thera said, stressing that this was an organized attempt to mar children by the previous government. The two former subject ministers should be questioned in this regard, he said. The Thera’s comments over the textbook took into a media storm awakening controversy.

Several pages of the textbook Hathe Ape Potha are displayed in this article. It is up to you to decide whether the Thera’s claims on the book supposedly introduced to raise sexual and reproductive awareness among the young generation are accurate. 

Grade 7 textbook Hathe Ape Potha Sexual Education in Sri Lanka School Students

Textbook drama!

The Hathe Ape Potha, a sex education book for Grade 7 students, this week became one of the most shared PDF files on Sri Lankan social media after critics panned the publication as corrupting the minds of children.

The book is a joint project of the Health Promotion Bureau of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. Screenshots of the whole text as well as PDF copies were shared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube after a group of Buddhist monks led by Prof Ven Medagoda

Abayatissa Thera called a press conference to condemn its contents as promoting “vulgarity” and corrupting minds of children.

Social Media reacts

Some social media users who shared the book humorously invited people to read it and become “corrupted” before it was banned. But on sites such as Mums in Colombo there was widespread consensus that the publication had no problematic content and was not only suitable but contained essential education.

In the wake of the furore, Ven Prof Abayatissa Thera claimed his comments had been deliberately misrepresented to imply monks were against the teaching of sex education in schools.

Grade 7 textbook Hathe Ape Potha Sexual Education in Sri Lanka School Students

“This is a total lie,” he told the Sunday Times. “We have no objection to it. But what is included in this book is far too much for young children. What’s more, it seems to be an organised attempt by certain elements to corrupt our young.”

Asked what he found objectionable about the book, the academic said that, for example, it went into great detail about masturbation. He claimed the book taught young children that it was completely normal, even for girls, and “that it was fine to do it every day”.

Contrary to the Thera’s comments, however, the book – while asserting that masturbation was normal and caused no bodily harm – also warned against becoming addicted to masturbation in such a way that it interfered with studies.

While Ven Prof Abayatissa Thera does not advocate punishing anyone involved in compiling the book, he insisted: “But we want an inquiry to find out who was behind it, whether any external parties funded it. These are things that we shouldn’t be teaching 12-year-old children. If necessary, we think disciplinary action should be taken.”

Ven Prof Abayatissa Thera claimed the previous government had initiated projects to introduce alien influences and corrupt the young and suggested there was a connection between the drinking of beer and homosexuality.

Grade 7 textbook Hathe Ape Potha Sexual Education in Sri Lanka School Students

“We even saw [the previous government] take steps aimed at reducing the prices of beer,” he said.

“We know that there is a direct connection between beer and homosexuality.

“They also made attempts to relax the laws allowing females to buy liquor. All of these were part of this attempt to destroy our culture and corrupt young people.”

Ironically, the controversial sex education book was recalled by the Educational Publications Department last month – well before the monks held their press conference.

Officials feedback

A letter signed by Education Publications Department Commissioner General W.M.Jayantha Wickramanayake and addressed to heads of all school textbook distribution centres and school principals stated a decision had been taken to withdraw the book. Schools were asked to send back all copies in their possession and to collect and send back any already in the  hands of students.

This was done in view of the presidential election scheduled for November 16, the former education minister, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, said. “We didn’t want someone to make that a political issue, too. So, instructions were given to recall them.”

The United National Front government had always advocated teaching sex education in schools, he said, strongly defending the book’s contents which had been compiled with by a team comprising Health Ministry doctors and educationists from the Education Ministry.

Incumbent Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma tried to distance his government from the controversy, pointing to the book’s recall by the previous administration.

Grade 7 textbook Hathe Ape Potha Sexual Education in Sri Lanka School Students

“I have, however, called for a report into this book,” he said. “I expect it in the next few days and will be able to comment more about it then.”

This government, too, supports the teaching of sex education, Mr Alahapperuma said, but will have to look into the “limits” under which it can be done. Any advanced country should introduce the subject at school level. Nevertheless, considerations on what is appropriate for  which age should be taken into account.

“We are not opposed to sex education in schools,” he reiterated. “That much I can stress.”

“Age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education was a must, not just for teenagers and adolescents but for children,” insisted Kumuduni Samuel, Founder of the Women and Media Collective and its Director (Programmes and Research).  Sri Lanka was a signatory to the Programme of Action on Population and Development adopted at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Eqypt and had thus made international commitments over sexual and reproductive rights, she said.

“I don’t think that any institution or personality, particularly religious sects that are all male, should be talking about sexual and reproductive rights as they are a civilian need which civilians alone must decide upon,” she maintained.

“How can religious clerics talk about what is appropriate as regards to those rights and what is not? They have no knowledge about them anyway.”

Grade 7 textbook Hathe Ape Potha Sexual Education in Sri Lanka School Students

Ms Samuel was disturbed to know that the book, which had been approved by both the health and education ministries, had been recalled. “It says that we’re actually regressing and becoming more conservative and narrow minded,” she reflected.

Sri Lanka 20 Best Places to Go in 2020 -Conde Nast Traveler

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Best Places to go in 2020 Sri Lanka BEST TOP Country
Best Places to go in 2020 Sri Lanka BEST TOP Country

Good news for Sri Lanka Tourism – Sri Lanka identified as a 20 Best Places to Go in 2020. Travel publication Conde Nast Traveler website included Sri Lanka for their 20 best countries to travel to in 2020 list.

Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Awards and Achievements

Sri Lanka listed in 2nd place – THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD 2020

Sri Lanka has jumped 2 place from last year to 2nd in British magazine Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 list of 20 most favorite countries for travelers. For its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, the travel magazine asked readers to rate their favorite countries across the globe, attracting a record 600,000 votes. The listing, released Wednesday, was based on a scoring system representing overall average levels of satisfaction. Sri Lanka scored 93.96 percent to rank behind Italy.

Sri Lanka has been named as the world’s second best country to visit for 2020 by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller in The Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.

Condé Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine based in UK and published by Condé Nast, also initiated the annual Reader’s Choice Awards where readers rank their favourite countries around the world. For the second time in a row, Italy has made it to the top of the best countries in the world while Portugal, Japan and Greece were placed third, fourth and fifth

Sri Lanka’s Southern Coast

It’s only been a decade since Sri Lanka emerged from a brutal 26-year civil war that devastated its residents and decimated its tourism industry. But since 2009, global travelers have flocked to the country, drawn to its alluring beaches and misty tea estates. Sri Lanka regularly found itself topping lists like this one—until this past April, when tragedy struck again, this time in the form of an Easter terrorist attack at Colombo hotels and churches that left about 250 dead.

Overnight, the beaches and tea estates were empty of tourists once again. While thousands of citizens were impacted by the slowdown, resilience is part of Sri Lanka’s ethos. Despite a decline of more than 20 percent in tourist numbers since 2018, a clutch of new hotels along the country’s southern coast have been readying themselves for guests, and travelers are trickling back.

Last February, Mumbai’s quirky Abode Bombay unveiled its sister property, the four-bedroom Abode Ahangama, in a terra-cotta-roofed bungalow set in a verdant jungle just a short tuk-tuk ride from the beach; that nearby beach is where they’ll be unveiling a café, a restaurant, and a coworking space in the spring. Also in Ahangama, the new Harding Boutique Hotel will debut in February with six suites and a buzzy rooftop bar, Mr. M, in a sleek building that’s a tribute to Sri Lanka’s signature tropical modernist architecture movement.

At the end of November, the Postcard Galle marks the first opening from the Postcard collection hotels outside India. Set on a lagoon on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast, its 10 rooms all have balconies with views, and it’s close to the cafés and boutiques of the Galle Fort neighborhood. Opening in December, Haritha Villas in Hikkaduwa is a seamless blend of past and present: Two colonial-style cottages and seven contemporary villas are spread out across a palm-shaded estate. And if you like to fill your breaks from surfing with a little game viewing, head to Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, where Wild Coast Tented Lodge, a seaside property with 28 cocoon-like tents done up in a safari-meets-steampunk aesthetic, will be opening a leopard-conservation center this spring. Researchers will be keeping a close eye on the endangered leopard population and sharing their findings with guests. —Sarah Khan

Details via – https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-places-to-go-in-2020

Sri Lanka’s tourism and travel achievement in 2020

  💠 Sri Lanka listed as the best country to travel to in 2020, The Times UK

  💠 Sri Lanka listed in 20 best country to travel to in 2020, Conde Nast Traveler.

  💠 Sri Lanka included for six best places to visit in Asia for solo female travelers in 2020.

  💠 Sri Lanka listed in CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020

Travel and tourism sector is developing in Sri Lanka. Recently Sri Lanka has won many awards and achievements in year 2020 and 2019. Also official figures shows tourism sector recovering in 2020 after easter sunday attacks.

University Admission to speed-up

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Sri Lanka University News
Sri Lanka University New Academic Year 2019 2020

Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities.  

Sri Lanka University New Academic Year 2019 2020

Re-Corrections

The Department of Examinations noted that applications for the Advanced level examination re-correction will have to be handed over before the 17th of January 2020. Applications for remarking of papers can also be made now and the relevant information will be available in the Dinamina, Thinakaran, and Daily News newspapers.

University Entrance process will be as follows. 

  1. A/L Results release
  2. University Hand Book release
  3. Buy University handbook & read it carefully
  4. Online Registration & Send print out via post to UGC
  5. Based on students’ desired course students have to apply for Aptitude tests after publishing on national newspapers. 
  6. Sit for Aptitude Tests depend on their selected courses. Then aptitude test results will released by relevant universities.
  7. Re-scrutinized / Re- correction A/Level results release. 
  8. Z score cut off marks will be release (June-July)
  9. University Registration via online
  10. Students will receive selected Course & University

University Admission

Higher education Ministry sources says that the students who qualified for the 2019/2020 University Academic year based on 2019 A/L results will be admitted before the end of 2020.

About 30,000 students will be enrolled for this academic year. Several new subject streams to be introduce this year.

Z score cut off marks of Past years can be obtained from www.ugc.ac.lk web Site or www.selection.ugc.ac.lk.

If you want to get a slight idea whether you have selected to University or not, just follow last years’ Z Score chart below or you can get an idea by comparing your Island Rank & District Rank with a friend or student who selected campus for earlier Academic year. Please note that above options will not indicate exactly you have selected or not. To know whether you selected university or not, students have to wait till Z Score officially release.

2018 Z Score Chart English – Here

Zscore Cut off marks will be release (October First Week)

Sri Lanka Tourism Awards and Achievements in 2020 & 2019

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2019 Sri Lanka Tourism Achievements
Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Awards and Achievements 2019

Sri Lanka’s tourism and travel achievement in 2020

🏆 Sri Lanka listed in 2nd place – THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD 2020

🏆 Sri Lanka won “Back on the Map” award at Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2020

🏆 Sri Lanka listed as the BEST country to travel in 2020, The Times UK

🏆 Sri Lanka listed in 20 best country to travel to in 2020, travel publication Conde Nast Traveler.

🏆 Sri Lanka included for six best places to visit in Asia for solo female travelers.

🏆 Sri Lanka listed in CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020

Sri Lanka listed in 2nd place – THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD 2020

Sri Lanka has jumped 2 place from last year to 2nd in British magazine Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 list of 20 most favorite countries for travelers. For its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, the travel magazine asked readers to rate their favorite countries across the globe, attracting a record 600,000 votes. The listing, released Wednesday, was based on a scoring system representing overall average levels of satisfaction. Sri Lanka scored 93.96 percent to rank behind Italy.

Sri Lanka has been named as the world’s second best country to visit for 2020 by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller in The Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.

Condé Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine based in UK and published by Condé Nast, also initiated the annual Reader’s Choice Awards where readers rank their favourite countries around the world. For the second time in a row, Italy has made it to the top of the best countries in the world while Portugal, Japan and Greece were placed third, fourth and fifth.

20 best country to travel

Sri Lanka identified as a 20 Best Places to Go in 2020. Travel publication Conde Nast Traveler website included Sri Lanka for their 20 best countries to travel to in 2020 list.

It’s only been a decade since Sri Lanka emerged from a brutal 26-year civil war that devastated its residents and decimated its tourism industry. But since 2009, global travelers have flocked to the country, drawn to its alluring beaches and misty tea estates. Sri Lanka regularly found itself topping lists like this one—until this past April, when tragedy struck again, this time in the form of an Easter terrorist attack at Colombo hotels and churches that left about 250 dead. Full Article

Solo female travelers

Understandably, people are wary about travelling to Sri Lanka at the moment, but I’m of the opinion that now is the best time to support the country. Tourism is down, which means crowds are as well, but the people are no less friendly and the scenery no less awe-inducing. You could spend a few days in Colombo, but for a more peaceful environment, head for the hills. Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s tea country with verdant, rolling hills and fresh air, but I preferred the smaller, laid-back town of Ella.

Sri Lanka’s tourism and travel achievement in 2019

2019 was an amazing year for Sri Lankan tourism as Sri Lanka achieved many achievements, awards and milestones.  Despite 2019’s Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lanka’s tourism is bouncing back faster than expected, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism official figures.

Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Awards and Achievements

Sri Lanka is Safe to Travel!

Sri Lanka’s tourism and travel achievement in 2019

🏆 No 1 in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 countries to visit

🏆 World’s Best Island by TravelLeisure

🏆 Top “Emerging Asian Travel Destination” TravelLemming

🏆 Sri Lankan Cuisine No.1 in BBC Good Food 15 food trends list.

🏆 Sri Lanka ranked No :1 as best warm-weather destination to visit this winter by USA Today.

🏆 Sri Lanka is the fourth best country to travel to in 2019, travel publication Conde Nast Traveler.

🏆 Sri Lanka is the best safari destination outside of Africa according to Forbes

🏆 Colombo won the first place as Asia’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards 2019.

🏆 Sri Lanka included for six best places to visit in Asia for solo female travelers.

Official figures show tourism sector is recovering ↗ in Sri Lanka.

🔹May 37,800

🔹June 63,000

🔹July 115,701

🔹August 143,000

🔹September 108,575

🔹October 118,743

🔹November 176,984

🔹December 241,663

🏆 Sri Lanka is the No 1 in Lonely Planet‘s Top 10 countries to visit in 2019

2019 Sri Lanka Tourism Achievements
Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Awards and Achievements 2019

Almost 10 years after the end of its civil war, Sri Lanka has been named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Better transport links, new hotels and a growing number of activities were cited as the reason the south-Asian island was chosen for the top spot in the guidebook publisher ’s annual Best in Travel awards.

🏆Sri Lanka included for six best places to visit in Asia for solo female travelers.

Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Awards and Achievements

Understandably, people are wary about travelling to Sri Lanka at the moment, but I’m of the opinion that now is the best time to support the country. Tourism is down, which means crowds are as well, but the people are no less friendly and the scenery no less awe-inducing. You could spend a few days in Colombo, but for a more peaceful environment, head for the hills. Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s tea country with verdant, rolling hills and fresh air, but I preferred the smaller, laid-back town of Ella.

🏆World’s Best Island by TravelLeisure

Located just south of India, this roughly 25,000-square-mile island tempts travelers with a diversity of experiences. Along the stunning coastline, the marine national parks make this destination a surfer’s, snorkeler’s, and diver’s dream. Inland, tea plantations await exploration, as do wildlife parks, which teem with animals, including elephants, monkeys, and one of the world’s largest populations of leopards. Luxurious lodgings suit all tastes, from the eco-friendly, five-star Jetwing Vil Uyana, comprised of thatched dwellings set amid paddies and marshes in the Central Province, to the beachside Amanwella, a 30-suite property that embraces Aman’s dedication to understated indulgence. As one T+L reader wrote, “No wonder it is called the pearl of the Indian Ocean.”

🏆Top “Emerging Asian Travel Destination” TravelLemming

https://travellemming.com/asia-destinations-2019/

A panel consisting of five of the world’s top travel influencers and bloggers has voted Sri Lanka as the top emerging Asian travel destination for 2019.

The awards were published on the site TravelLemming.com, which focuses on emerging and off-the-beaten path travel spots around the globe.

🏆Sri Lankan Cuisine No.1 in BBC Good Food 15 food trends list.

Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Awards and Achievements

Sri Lanka is emerging as an Asian hotspot with its stellar combination of World Heritage sites, wildlife, history, rich culture, pristine beaches and friendly people. For travelers it’s a feast for all the senses.

Sri Lankan cuisine has topped the list this year, ranked no. 1 as an already emerging food trend for the year 2019. Here’s what they have to say:

“Restaurants such as London’s Hoppers, mini chain The Coconut Tree and the success of the M&S Taste Asia range have put Sri Lankan food on the brink of a breakthrough. Think hoppers (bowl-shaped rice flour pancakes), kottu roti (fried veg, eggs, shredded roti and curry, as sold by street stall Kottu Lanka) and pol sambol coconut relish.

‘Before, Sri Lankan was lumped in with Indian cuisine but now, we’re not having an “Indian” anymore. It’s recognised in its own right,’ says Emma Weinbren, food trends editor at retail magazine The Grocer.”

Don’t leave Sri Lanka without trying…

Kottu roti

It’s common to hear the rhythmic clank of the kottu maker on the streets – it’s the ultimate Sri Lankan street food. It’s basically a stir-fry which originated as a simple way of dealing with leftovers. Featuring pieces of roti (bread) mixed together with finely shredded vegetables or pieces of meat, soya sauce, spices, ginger and garlic, on a flat iron skillet using two metal cleavers with wooden handles. You can usually find it in the evenings on the many street stalls, which make use of the leftover ingredients of the day!

🏆Sri Lanka ranked No :1 as best warm-weather destination to visit this winter by USA Today.

Great News for Tourism!

Sri Lanka ranked No :1 as best warm-weather destination to visit this winter by USA Today. If you just can’t take the cold anymore, #VisitSriLanka 🙏

Jetsetters looking for something off the beaten tourist path should consider Sri Lanka. An overlooked gem, this exotic island in the Indian Ocean seduces everyone who steps foot with its stunning unspoiled wilderness, colorful history, and flavorful cuisine. Due to the proximity and a lack of crowds, it’s possible to pack a lot into a trip to Sri Lanka. Kick things off by climbing the steep staircase to the top of Sigiriya. Other highlights include the Golden Temple of Dambulla and biking through the tea plantations.

🏆 Sri Lanka is the fourth best country to travel to in 2019, travel publication Conde Nast Traveler.

Readers of the upmarket travel publication Conde Nast Traveler have voted Sri Lanka the fourth best country to travel to in 2019.

Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Awards and Achievements

🏆 Sri Lanka is the best safari destination outside of Africa according to Forbes

Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Awards and Achievements

Sri Lanka is the best safari destination outside of Africa according to forbes

🏆 Colombo won the first place as Asia’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards 2019.

Love Colombo ❤️