IIT focuses on Fashion and Cyber Security in two new Master’s programmes from the University of Westminster – UK

Posted On 03 Oct 2018
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Intake ongoing for MA Fashion Business Management and MSc in Cyber Security and Forensics

Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), the pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka,has launched two unique Master’s programmes from the University of Westminster, UK. The two programmes – MA Fashion Business Management and MScCyber Security and Forensics– are introduced for the first time ever in the country.

The Master’s in Fashion Business Management programme was launched by the University of Westminster in its commitment to provide innovative programmes for individuals pursuing careers in the fashion industry locally and internationally. It will equip students with strategic decision-making, leadership and problem-solving skills required to become an entrepreneurial and visionary fashion business leader in today’s fast-evolving fashion industry. Students will also be able to work closely with fashion industry professionals, role models and mentors. They will receive industry specific, well-grounded, high-quality education and a skill base that will enable them to have a broad understanding of the business. The course offers an innovative and state-of-the-art fashion business curriculum that focuses on preparing students’ entry into senior roles in business and management within the fashion industry. The curriculum has been specifically designed to train individuals to enhance their skills and become visionaries in their respective industries. The course provides an in-depth knowledge in areas of Supply Chain Management, Strategic Fashion Business Management, Fashion Marketing and Entrepreneurship followed by a Fashion Business Project.

Students following the MSc in Cyber Security and Forensics(2-year, part-time course) will gain insights into the nature of the security threats faced by today’s computer systems, the type of information that is stored on digital devices and how digital evidences can be traced and extracted from them. The course offers students an opportunity to learn about a variety of cyber security and digital forensic tools. It will also address analysis of professional and ethical issues relating to computer security and forensics, and the development of related professional competencies, such as report writing and presenting evidence in a court of law.The course is structured in a way where all students cover five core modulesand choose a specialisation in Cyber Security or Digital Forensics. The core modules include Cyber Security Evidence and Procedures, Fundamentals of Security Technology, Internet Security, Research Methods and Professional Practice.

Expressing her views on the two newest additions to the institute’s portfolio, Naomi Krishnarajah – Dean of IIT stated, “IIT has always maintained close links with industry to minimize the divide between the industry and academia. These two new Master’s programmes will add a new dimension to our portfolio. When considering the fashion industry, Sri Lanka has a number of undergraduate programmes in fashion design but there aren’t any Master’s programmes. Therefore, we decided to introduce the MA in Fashion Business Management from University of Westminster to help those in the industry to enhance their knowledge and skills to progress in their careers and aspirations. Similarly, in today’s high-tech world, the need for improved computer security has never been greater and will only continue to increase into the future. We have introduced this Master’s programme to increase the number of skilled professionals in the country to cope with this fast-changing field of IT.”

The first intake for both Master’s programmes commenced in early September. All IIT courses are offered by friendly, highly-experienced staff, and benefit from the diverse specialist knowledge and skills within the institute. Teaching methodology at IIT includes lab-based sessions, student-led seminars, site visits and lectures by internal staff and guest lectures from experts in the industry while assessments will be carried out primarily through practical or research-based course work.

Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) was established in 1990 as the first private higher education institute that awards reputed British degrees in the field of ICT and Business. IIT is an award-winning campus offering internal postgraduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Westminster, UK and Robert Gordon University, UK. IIT has played a pivotal role in strengthening the IT and Business sectors in Sri Lanka over the years by producing world-class graduates. These graduates have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs and IT/Business professionals in both local and international corporate and government entities. Since its inception, IIT has produced thousands of graduates who have excelled in over 250 organizations around the globe.

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