Accordingly, the proposed programme aims to increase enrolment in higher education programs that are important for an aspiring Upper Middle Income Countries and to develop the higher education sector in areas of vital importance for future economic development such as modern teaching and learning that blend academic achievement with good socio-emotional skills and a vibrant research and innovation culture that supports the expansion and growth of higher-value industries and services.
AHEAD focuses on three Result Areas;
1. Increasing Enrolment in Higher Education in Priority Areas for Economic Development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM))
2. Improving the Quality of Higher Education
3. Promoting Research and Development, Innovation
Depending on the availability of the World Bank funds to Sri Lanka, it has been proposed to obtain two financing facilities from IDA and IBRD such as a Credit of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) being the equivalent of USD 33 mn from the International Development Association (IDA) and a Credit of USD 67 mn from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways throughout the period of 2017 2022.
Financing Agreement and Loan Agreement were signed today on 17th July 2017 at the Ministry of Finance by Dr. R. H. S Samarathunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Idah Z. Pswarayi Riddihough, Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, on behalf of the World Bank.