Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia near south-east India. It has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest. It has 45 estuaries and 40 lagoons. Lying within the Indomalaya ecozone, Sri Lanka is one of 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world. Although the country is relatively small in size, it has the highest biodiversity density in Asia. With a literacy rate of 92.64% , Sri Lanka has one of the most literate populations amongst developing nations in Asia.  

The high literacy rate contributes to the fact that undergraduate education in state universities is free although extremely competitive, limited and standardized. Fewer than 16% (less than 16,000 students) of those who qualify get admission to state universities.