'Sustainable living is no longer an option but an absolute imperative for survival of mankind'
- Kamal Abeysinghe, Chairman, EDEX
Connecting dots from Education... to Training, Employment, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability!
Making timely and informed decisions, keeping pace with the shifting trends in education and employment is important for youth to succeed in their lives.
In the age of advancing knowledge economies numerous opportunities are emerging globally for young people with the right education, skills and competencies. However, many youth in Sri Lanka are yet to become aware of the choices, options and opportunities that await them.
More than a decade ago, a passionate group of volunteers aspired to create a single platform to showcase the vast options and opportunities available in the global education market while providing the necessary guidance to attain the relevant skills development and training.
Envisioned to 'Empower Sri Lankan Youth to be Globally Competitive', EDEX was launched in 2004 as Sri Lanka's pioneering and largest educational expo. Over the years EDEX has brought in a myriad of value added initiatives, which offer connectivity and placements in the process of school to work transition.
Leadership provided to nation's youth by facilitating access to globally competitive knowledge and skills, leading to gainful employment through EDEX platform for more than a decade is indeed unparalleled.
EDEX aims to create conditions that promote equity and meritocracy in the country, empower aspiring youth to believe in their abilities and skills as the most sustainable option of upward social mobility and contribute to the greater cause of nation building.
Its ability to constantly innovate and improve on its own benchmarks has been a cornerstone of success for EDEX and its stakeholders. Ambitious, persistent and innovative, together we have made EDEX a success story of Social Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka.
To empower Sri Lanka youth to be globally competitive
To be the largest single platform offering most comprehensive and diverse choices, options and opportunities in higher education, skills development and employment whilst educating, activating and engaging youth towards 'sustainable living'.
EDEX Expo is the longest running, largest and most comprehensive National Higher Education Exhibition and Job Fair in Sri Lanka held annually as a twin event in Colombo and Kandy. Depth of choices, options and opportunities in post- secondary education including professional, technical & vocational training and tertiary education within Sri Lanka and overseas are showcased at EDEX Expo.
EDEX Mid Year Expo is held annually focusing on Post Advanced Level students to offer valuable insights on further education and training options.
EDEX Job Fair is held concurrently with EDEX Expo, EDEX Job Fair is a unique platform to help youth and employers alike to find the right-fit for jobs on offer by facilitating personal interaction between job seekers and employers.
EDEX Careers is a comprehensive in-person and online one-stop platform providing guidance in how to find one's dream job, psychometric testing to higher education, training and job placements. Plans are afoot to build the EDEX Careers web portal as a national database comprising of aspiring Sri Lankan youth catering for the mutual needs of both job seekers and employers.
EDEX Magazine is Sri Lanka's pioneering career guidance magazine is a trilingual quarterly publication, circulated to all national and international secondary schools, selected libraries and top corporate institutions free of charge. Feature articles in each issue spotlight the career depth in a selected industry with interviews and advice from distinguished personalities who have reached the pinnacle in their respective careers
EDEX Think Green is an initiative launched to educate, activate and engage youth towards sustainable living, understand the need to change attitudes, behaviours and action to reduce harmful impact on ecological footprint. EDEX Green Zone is held concurrently with EDEX Expo, as a unique platform which brings together individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate institutions keen to display, exhibit and showcase their green initiatives.
EDEX Sithuwam is an annual all island art competition launched to promote the artistic talents of students and youth island wide. Many talented students from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds benefit from this initiative
EDEX Nenapahana - 'Igniting the Wisdom' - An outreach programme launched in 2012 giving life to numerous dreams among marginalised students who lack equity in access to education from rural and remote areas. Over 60 new or upgraded libraries have been set up since 2012 to 2014. Donations include computers and sports equipment based on needs.