Founded in 1983, IFS is a globally recognized leader in developing ERP, EAM and ESM applications. Since the establishment of the company’s R&D center here in Sri Lanka in the year 1997, IFS Sri Lanka has grown to become a leading software development company in the country, with over 120 companies using IFS solutions.
A key to IFS’s global success is the IFS Sri Lanka team numbering over 1000. In terms of company performance, according to the company’s financial results for Q3 or 2017, there has been a year-to-date license growth up 18 per cent.
Celebrating 20 years: IFS Sri Lanka style
IFS Sri Lanka celebrated their 20th Anniversary at the Cinnamon Grand a few weeks ago. Present at the event were key individuals of IFS including Alastair Sorbie, CEO of IFS and Jayantha De Silva, President and CEO of IFS Sri Lanka. At the event, they both explained how IFS Sri Lanka has developed in leaps and bounds over the last two decades and commended those employed there for their hard work, dedication and endurance.
It’s not only about developing software
Another key to the success of IFS, is the work the company has carried out with regard to education, more specifically, University education and employee opportunities. Over the course of the past 20 years in Sri Lanka, IFS Sri Lanka has accepted 1600 university students as employees.
The company has also contributed over LKR 500 Million towards University centered activities in Sri Lanka. This also includes providing work-integrated learning opportunities, mentoring programmes, soft-skills development, and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. All with the hope of creating the next generation of entrepreneurs and future leaders.
IFS Sri Lanka has been partners with Universities since 1997 with 28 people. Since then, throughout its 20 years in Sri Lanka, the company has granted 150 full tuition scholarships for students to follow a related degree while working at IFS. In addition, over 100 financial assistance scholarships have been distributed to needy students since 2012 annually
The 20th Year anniversary was the opportune moment for IFS Sri Lanka to recognize over 15 state and private universities. These universities were given awards of appreciation for their role in contributing towards strengthening links between industry and higher education.
During the event, IFS also signed a milestone agreement with the University of Moratuwa towards the establishment of the ‘IFS Innovation and Entrepreneurship Incubator’ located at the university premises. The company has already established an ‘IFS Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ at the University. In addition, 20 scholarships were also awarded to students of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), at the event.
Helping Students for a better tomorrow
Further, as part of IFS’s internship and mentoring programme, over 600 students have gained hands-on experience since its inception. That’s not all though. IFS has also donated three fully equipped computer laboratories to the Universities of Colombo, Moratuwa and Peradeniya.
The work IFS Sri Lanka has done doesn’t end there though.
- They’ve also taught student teachers on GCE A/L Level subjects and and have trained 400+ Teachers in a workshop with UCSC.
- They work with the Hour of Code to introduce coding.
- They’ve carried out the Future Careers programmes in collaboration with SLASSCOM & ICTA.
- They’re also working with SLASSCOM & IKTNORGE to setup coding labs.
Following the Tsunami devastation of 2004, they put 300 school children in an ICT training programme and trained 200 teachers within a 6-month training window. They also assisted 800 school children after the floods to continue their studies. They have the IFS education program that has 80+ university partners.
Lastly, IFS also regularly sponsors university events including research symposiums and hackathons etc. Top achievers from universities are also recognized for their accomplishments through IFS sponsored awards and gold medals. All of this, with the goal of increasing interest in Science and IT.
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