President Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that the standards of Sri Lankan universities were high on the list of Asian universities in the past.

The standard and reputation of the universities should be restored and improved once again in the country’s university system to attract overseas students.

This would also help to improve the development of the country’s economy.

The president stressed that he is satisfied with the education received during his era compared to the present day.

For many people during his time, the United Kingdom was a second choice, if not the first, after the University of Ceylon. However, when asked by the young generation today about the satisfaction of today’s education system, the answer would be negative.

He was speaking at the CVCD Excellence Awards in Colombo yesterday.

Even if they are selected for a university, today they are trying to go abroad.

The President highlighted the need for fixing the issues with the educational system in this country and added that conditions should be put in place so that everyone can complete their

education at the appropriate age and move on.