The Faculty of Education offers a wide range of programmes from Certificate to Post Graduate levels in line with its vision to be a leader of the advancement of knowledge and professional practice in education as a fundamental endeavor through Open and Distance Learning in Sri Lanka and in the Region. It is one of the largest providers of initial and continuous professional development programmes for teachers in the fields of pre-school, primary and secondary and special needs education through the distance mode in Sri Lanka. The student enrollment in the programmes offered by the Faculty is around 4000 in each academic year and the pass rate is above 80%.
Research is an integral component of the activities within the Faculty and the staff members are actively involved in a number of research projects.
The vision of the Faculty of Education is to be a leader of the advancement of knowledge and professional practice in education as a fundamental human endeavor through open and distance learning in Sri Lanka and in the region.
The mission of Faculty of Education is to:
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest Faculty of the Open University of Sri Lanka catering to over 10,000 students in the following programmes ranging from Foundation level to Master's degree level under the four departments of the Faculty. The Faculty is made up of four Academic Departments including Language Studies, Legal Studies, Management Studies, Social Studies.
The Faculty is dedicated to employing the Open Distance Learning mode to provide quality educational opportunities for adult learners for professional and personal advancement and excellence in scholarship and researching in contemporary disciplines in Humanities and Social Science
The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) which was established in 1980 completed 30 years of its services to the nation as a leading provider of Open and Distance Learning in higher education. It is a national university created under the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 and also under the provisions of the Open University of Sri Lanka Ordinance No. 1 of 1990.
In this endeavour the university focuses on the need for higher education of the adult groups as well as the young school leavers who have missed the opportunity of entering the conventional universities. Thus we offer a variety of educational programmes ranging from foundation level courses to higher level research degrees to cater to the needs of our clientele. Currently the Faculty has a student population of over 10,000 enrolled in the programmes offered by the four departments of the Faculty. As a leader in open and distance learning, the OUSL has set the trend by integrating boundaryless pedagogical approaches to learning giving opportunity for the learner to accomplish his/her goals of higher education at a pace that meets individual requirements. During the 30 years of its history the university has been able to develop a wide mix of educational aids consisting of audio-visual aids, printed study materials and interactive learning aids that can be accessed by the learners.
Nature of the Programmes Offered by the Faculty of Humanaties & Social Sciences
The academic programmes of the OUSL are designed primarily for adult students who are employed as well as non-employed The Faculty offers a diverse range of programmes which enable students to enter a programme in keeping with their present educational qualifications. Students who already possess conventional qualifications can gain direct entry to Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate Degree Programmes. The Faculty also offers Foundation Programmes for Students who do not possess conventional qualifications. Successful completion of the Foundation Programmes entitle the students to enter higher level study programmes.
Status Accorded to OUSL Qualifications
By Public Administration Circular No 16/92 of 13th March 1992, the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs directed all government institutions to confer status to Open University qualifications on par with other National University qualifications.
The Open University was formed by amalgamating the two institutions, Sri Lanka Institute of Distance Education (SLIDE) and the External Services Agency ( ESA) which offered degree courses in various subjects.
The Open University was officially opened on the 1st of August 1980 by the late Honorable President, J.R. Jayawardena.
At that time it was housed in the curriculum center at Buller’s Road, Colombo 07 and later came into residence at Nawala in a temporary building. The first Vice Chancellor was Prof. P.D. Gunatilake.
The Open University of Sri Lanka had initially only two Boards of Study. The Board of Study for Humanities and Social Sciences and the Board of Study for Management, Science and Technology.
Board of Study had academic advisory committees which may also include persons other than members of the Board. The branches of the learning in the Board of Study for Humanities and Social Sciences were:
Humanities and Social SciencesEducational Studies
The branches of the learning in the Board of Study for Management, Science and Technology were:
In 1990, HSS was recognized as one faculty, under the Open University and it had these departments:
There were few number of staff members at the beginning of the faculty of HSS.
Changes of Deans from the start of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Department of Education was separated out as one Faculty from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences on February 1st 2003.
Now the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty has the largest number of students over 10,000 enrolled into the different study programmes of the four departments.
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The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) was established in 1980 as the premier Open and Distance Learning Institution in Sri Lanka where students and adults could pursue their studies through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) methodologies. OUSL has a long history of management education and commenced teaching management as early as in 1980. In its illustrious history of academic excellence, efficiency and equity we have contributed to the development of management education in Sri Lanka.
The Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) of OUSL was established with the purpose of imparting management knowledge for the development of management skills and appropriate management attitudes. In pursuance of this broad objective, services are provided to a wide spectrum of clients comprising young school leavers, managers, public administrators and small and medium scale entrepreneurs. The Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) comprises the Academic Departments of Organizational Studies (DOS), Accounting and Finance (DAF), Human Resource Management (DHR) and Marketing Management (DMM). The faculty is committed to the promotion of management education and research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, we offer management education from certificate level to PhD level through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) methodologies.
To be the premier Open and Distance Learning Management Education Faculty in Asia and ensure excellence, efficiency and equality in lifelong learning.
To enhance access to high quality, affordable, relevant, professional management education through Open and Distance Learning and ensure the highest standards of learning, teaching, research and scholarship, consulting and promoting partnership among academics, professionals, private and public sector institutions to achieve the wider objectives of the Faculty and the University, and to enhance national and global managerial capacities.
The proposed Faculty of Management Studies at the Open University of Sri Lanka shall commit to the realisation of the following objectives:
The Faculty of Natural Sciences conducts a variety of study programmes including the Degree Programmes leading to B.Sc and several Diploma/Certificate programmes.
The Faculty functions under the leadership of the Dean who is the administrative and the academic Head. It also has a large number of experienced and qualified teaching staff to help the students in their studies. The five academic departments of the Faculty are: Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics & Computer Science, Physics and Zoology.
To be innovative in teaching-learning and research demonstrating leadership in open and distance learning in the field of science, with a commitment to achieve nation goals.
Five Year Plan for Level 5 Optional Courses
Calling for Applications - B.Sc. Special Degree programme, 2019/2020 (SP1 Structure)
Information for Students - 2019/2020 (NS 1)
Application for consideration for the Award of the B.Sc. Degree (90 credits) - Convocation 2018 NS1 Programme Structure - Offered from 2009/2010 to 2015/2016
Application for consideration for the Award of the Higher Diploma (60 credits) NS1 Programme Structure - Offered from 2009/2010 to 2015/2016
Application for consideration for the Award of the Higher Diploma (60 credits) S1 Programme Structure
Application for Consideration for the Award of the BSc Hons Degree (120 credits) - Convocation 2018,NS1 Programme Struvture - Offered from 2009/2010 to 2015/2016