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How does Sri Lanka’s education produce Asia’s best software developers?

Keith Tan
January 13, 2019
Wonderlabs.lk Co-founder Buddhika has this to say, “We Sri Lankans prize education very highly. Math and Science are core to every single child’s education”.

In fact, education in Sri Lanka goes back over two millennia. That’s how long Lankans have been focusing on education! And in the 19th century, Sri Lanka’s colonization by the British Empire brought about its modern education system. This is a foundation for producing great talent, but specifically for our purposes, tech talent a.k.a. Software developers or software engineers. Till today, The Constitution of Sri Lanka provides free education as a fundamental right. And the adult literacy rate of 96.3% in 2015.

15 state universities and numerous high quality private universities produce Sri Lankan graduates. Over 27 private education institutions which award degrees from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are also present in Sri Lanka. Many of which are producing degrees in software development, computer programming, computer science, information technology and so on. All of these - very crucial to our shared mission of building great software development teams. (I assume that’s why you’re reading my blog! Trying to find out if you should build a team of software engineers in Sri Lanka!)

Here’s the kicker - Sri Lanka has a Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training. It coordinates the education sector, focusing on producing a technically competent workforce. This level of niche attention to the technology sector really puts the US, Germany and Singapore to shame!

So let’s recap why Sri Lanka’s education consistently produces Asia’s best software developers:
  1. A culture that prizes education going back TWO millenia
  2. High quality education institutions offering state, private and international degrees in technical areas
  3. A government body that coordinates the training and production of highly competent and skilled talent
Today, Sri Lanka is one of our fastest growing talent pools of software developers globally because our clients recognize great talent when they see it. Schedule a no-obligations technical interview and I think your mind will be changed.

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PS: This is an opinion piece by Keith Tan, Group CEO of Wonderlabs. Wonderlabs is the leading service provider helping companies build and manage software development teams in Indonesia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Across our various shared and dedicated centers, we have over 350+ active software developers.
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