HETC is designed to enhance the capacity of Sri Lanka’s higher education system, institutions, and human resources to deliver quality higher education services. The HETC helped the government develop a National Qualification Framework and strengthen conduct quality assurance reviews in all universities. Besides providing grants to enable students to learn English and ICT and develop soft skills, the project provided competitive quality and innovation grants to enhance teaching and learning and research and innovation, as including connecting university departments with industries. For instance, the department of food science and technology at Wayamba University partnered with food industries, providing opportunities for students to learn from industry experts in high-tech laboratories on actual research projects, such as tuna flesh color development.
HETC is also strengthening and modernizing alternative higher education, such as at the Sri Lanka Institute for Advanced Technological Education and its network through curriculum and management reforms, while expanding coverage to under-served areas to provide more equitable access to job-oriented higher education