SLANSHEI submitted a proposal to the government of Sri Lanka to expand student enrolment in recognized non-state higher education institutes through a government-sponsored loan scheme. The national budget of 2017 made provisions for the establishment of the Interest Free Student Loan Scheme (IFSLS). IFSLS has been successfully operated over the past 5 years, and at present, there are over 10,000 students reading for their degree in non-state higher education institutes through IFSLS.
Promoting Sri Lankan higher education overseas
SLANSHEI has taken steps to promote Sri Lankan higher education overseas with a view to developing Sri Lanka as a destination for higher education and attracting foreign students in particular to the non-state higher education sector. Attracting foreign students will help internationalization of Sri Lankan higher education.
Promoting higher education as a key export
In recognition of the services of SLANSHEI, the Export Development Board through its line Ministry, the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade, has appointed several of SLANSHEI representatives to the Advisory Committee on Professional Services (Education). This has enabled SLANSHEI to work with EDB to develop higher education as an export and generate much needed foreign currency.