The Institute of Human Resource Advancement (IHRA) is an Institute attached to the University of Colombo which is recognized as one of the top one thousand Universities in the World. The Institute of Human Resource Advancement was initially started as the Institute of Workers Education by Ordinance No 11 of 1979 which was enacted under the provisions of the Universities Act No 16 of 1978 and by a subsequent amendment made to the original enactment by Ordinance No 01 of 2006, it was renamed as the Institute of Human Resource Advancement.
The Institute calls for suitable candidates to apply for its Bachelor in Labour Management and Diploma in Labour Education programs every year through newspaper advertisement and through its website (www.ihra.cmb.ac.lk) while the Bachelors’ program is made available to those who possess either Advanced Level Qualifications or those who have obtained an Diploma which is equivalent to SLQF Level 03, those who do not possess such qualifications can join with the degree by successfully completing the Diploma program which is designed as a bridging program. To apply for the Diploma program, one must possess six passes at the Ordinary Level examination, where out of which three passes must be either credit passes or better and same shall be obtained by an applicant in one and the same sitting.
These programs are particularly made for those who for different reasons have been deprived of higher education, whether it be for economic reasons or due to a lack of opportunities available at higher education. IHRA caters to give them a second opportunity at learning. With the motto of “Knowledge gatherers for a knowledge-based economy” IHRA endeavor to inculcate knowledge and skills among those who comes to experience IHRA. IHRA through its Bachelors’ program and Diploma in Labour Education program strives to contribute to the betterment of the nations’ economy through producing individuals who are able to go further with their careers and to make their own share of contribution to the development of the country as a whole. With this mandate, IHRA has achieved tremendous highest and its Bachelors’ program is now compatible with SLQF Level 05 and 06.