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The Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) is the forum for enhancing exchanges between Asian and Japanese youth who will play a crucial role in the future of science and technology. This program is a close collaboration of the industry-academia-government and facilitates short-term visits of competent Asian youth to Japan. Further, it aims to raise the interest of Asian youth toward benefitting from latest trends in Japanese science and technology at Japanese universities, research institutions and private companies. A delegation of 8 undergraduate students and the academic staff member, Dr. B.C.L. Athapattu, from the Department of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering Technology, OUSL participated at this exchange program from the 25th February – 07th March 2018 at Okayama University, and Osaka University, Japan. This exposure opened up new vistas of academic possibilities for the OUSL students and helped to create mutual understanding and respect for different cultures.

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1) U.L.S.Yasarathne        2) T.W.L.R.Thalgaspitiya       3) G.L.Jayathunga  

4) H.K.M.Perera             5) G.C.R.Dayarathne                  6) P.A.K. Sameera

7) G.L.E.P. Perera             8) H.M.S.S.Sandarekha

 

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1) M.N.C. Samarawickrama (Head of the Department - Civil Eng.)

2) K.A.C.Udayakumar (Dean Eng. Technology)

3)Prof. S.A. Ariadurai (Vice Chancellor )

4) Dr. Bandunee Athapattu (Senior Lecturer)

                                           (Coordinator of Sakura Project)

 

 

The OUSL, with the support from Commonwealth of Learning (COL),has initiated a research project on the implementation of the Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) Programme in the teaching-learning process in Sri Lankan schools and on the evaluation of its impact. The key aim of this project is to develop capacity among school teachers and promote the adoption of digital education environments in schools.

This programme was inaugurated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, OUSL, Prof. K. B Gunaherath, on 20th July, 2018, at OUSL, and a capacity-building workshop was held from 20th to 22nd July 2018 for a group of 41 teachers from 39 schools representing the nine Provinces of Sri Lanka.It is envisaged that the participants of this research project will develop their competencies in adopting and promoting C-DELTA in their schools by improving their digital education leadership skills, thus becoming effective professionals who can cater to the digital education environments in their institutions.

This research project is presently implemented at the Faculty of Education, OUSL, by a five-member team, under the leadership of Prof. Shironica P. Karunanayaka, Dean, Faculty of Education, OUSL.

 

   

   

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The Education Faculty Offered a 'Short Course on Special Education' in the Maldives, MI College, thus creating a milestone in the history of the OUSL: this is the first time the university offered a course outside Sri Lanka.

This 3-month program saw 12 workshops being conducted for the 10 students who have enrolled for the program  

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“Digital Education Leaders in Action” - Launch of the Website and Dissemination Seminar

C-DELTA Programme at The Open University of Sri Lanka

The Faculty of Education of OUSL launched a website “Digital Education Leaders in Action” on 19th June 2019. This is in relation to the research project conducted on the implementation of the Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) Programme in Sri Lankan schools, supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada. The website was launched by the Vice-Chancellor, OUSL, Prof. S. A. Ariadurai, who was the Chief Guest of the event. Dr. Madura Wehella, Additional Secretary/Policy, Planning & Review at the Ministry of Education, who is also the COL Focal Point in Sri Lanka, graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor. Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Education Specialist/ELearning from COL, who has initiated the C-DELTA Programme, also addressed the gathering via Skype.

The key aim of this research project was to develop capacity among school teachers and promote the adoption of digital education environments in schools. It was envisaged that the participant teachers of this research project would develop their competencies in adopting and promoting C-DELTA in their schools by improving their digital education leadership skills, thus becoming effective professionals who can cater to the digital education environments in their institutions. The website captures the teachers’ reflections on their journeys, reported in the form of “stories”. A research dissemination seminar was also held afterwards, with the participation of practitioners from educational institutions.

This research project was implemented by a five-member team, under the leadership of Prof. Shironica P. Karunanayaka, Dean, Faculty of Education, OUSL.

The website, “Digital Education Leaders in Action” can be accessed at https://cdeltaousl.wordpress.com

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The OUSL takes pride in creating another historical milestone in the history of the nation's ODL sector by launching the country's first ODL-facilitated Bachelor of Arts Honours in Library and Information Studies (LIS). In a world where information and access to information are rapidly altering states due to developments in the IT sector, the space of a Library and the symbolic significance associated with the notions of accessibility, openness, inclusiveness, user paradigm and library research have radically altered forcing the academics to reexamine the discipline of Library and Information Sciences. It is amidst that context that a team from the OUSL Library, headed by Dr. Wathmanel Seneviratne set out to not only reexamine, re-read their own disciplines, but to respond to the evolving professional needs on the market by offering an updated and cutting-edge BA through the ODL platform. This BA was created upon a proposal by the Sri Lanka Library Association whereby the Diplomates of the Association could obtain a competent degree related to their professional skills with a competitive national university.

“Just as much as a library is still a place to read and borrow books, it is also many other things at the same time—a sort of multiple identities for the same entity. That is why we thought of going back to the drawing board and re-examining our own discipline in the light of the radical shifts in the IT landscape as well as learner's own attitudes towards these changes. The BA in LIS is our response to those changes—and it is a labor of love of many dedicated and committed individuals too numerous to mention at this stage,” says Dr. Wathmanel, the Librarian, OUSL.  

The OPEN Quarterly asked her: How does one manage an entity with multiple identities which inevitably encourage multiple expectations? “That is our challenge, and that is what we, the BA in LIS academics and the students seek to explore. Managing multiple identities is a task that is closely bound to identifying such ideas; and one should not forget that those self-same identities would undergo changes with time. The Quantum Computer is on the way, and such innovations will change education attitudes and landscapes. The presence of BA in LIS is a sort of a buffer against such radical alterations—we pause, we identify and we seek.”

The text books of the LIS program were a magnificent undertaking which drew in reputed scholars from abroad who engaged in comprehensive and in-depth research to create the narratives in a student friendly manner. The program is specifically aimed at the professionals who are already engaged in the LIS discipline and will put them through an exhaustive program of study whose individual components range from training in academic discourse to engagement in technology-related subjects to modern research skills. The program will be offered by the HSS Faculty and a separate unit has been established to administer the program. The library shelves are already packed with additional reading materials for the new BA. As the OUSL gears itself for this historical landmark, the Team OUSL Library eagerly await the arrival of the potential skilled librarians of the future in the OUSL classrooms.

          

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Mannar, the site of an ancient port city, became the newest location to benefit from the regional expansion of the OUSL. The University opened its 18th Study Centre there equipped with spacious classrooms and other amenities. The OUSL VC, Prof. S.A. Ariadurai, DVC Prof. K.B. Gunaherath, Registrar Mrs. Vindya Jayasena and other Senior Academics graced the occasion.  

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A unique event which critically explored the potential of the arts in general, and theatre specifically, to contribute towards progressive social change was held at the Postgraduate Institute of English from 4-5 July. The two-day seminar titled “The Theatre of Reconciliation: Potentials, Tensions and Practices” was inaugurated with the Vice Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Prof P.S.M. Guneratne as Chief Guest and Vice Chancellor of The Open University of Sri Lanka, Prof Anbahan Ariyadurai as the Guest of Honour. Gill Caldicott, Country Director, British Council Sri Lanka and Louise Cowcher Director of English and Education, British Council Sri Lanka in addition to the Deans of the six faculties of OUSL and other distinguished guests, artistic practitioners, activists, policymakers and representatives of funding organizations attended the event. The British Council Sri Lanka provided funding for the event under its ‘Transform’ theme. The seminar was part of a larger one-year Art and Reconciliation research project which was also funded by the Transform theme of the British Council.

Speaking at the seminar the Vice Chancellor of OUSL highlighted the importance of this type of social initiative in the current context where reconciliation is a critical national need. He also reflected on how Sri Lanka has experienced repeated cycles of violence and ethno-religious mistrust, hate and division and how the country has to move forward from such divisive discourses. The Vice Chancellor commended the PGIE for obtaining the competitive grant which funded this research project and also commended the institution for the progress it has made on a number of fronts. The Vice Chairman of the UGC pointed out the importance of higher education entities engaging in socially important activities and forming partnerships with international donor agencies such as the British Council. Louise Cowcher on behalf of the British Council expressed her thanks to the PGIE for conducting the research project and spoke of the British Council’s commitment to higher education and social progress in Sri Lanka.

The first day of the seminar was devoted to two panels that explored various dimensions of censorship and restrictions imposed on artistic practice and expression. Prominent dramatists, academics and representatives of funding agencies participated in these panels and there was a rich and vibrant discussion on the complexities of both defining and identifying censorship and the multiple sources from which it could emanate – including both state and non-state actors. Day one ended with the performance of Bhasha Moli by the Janakaraliya Theatre Group, which was one of the theatre groups studied under the project. This short satirical piece explored the politics of linguistic mistranslation in Sri Lanka where language poses a significant barrier to reconciliation. The second day of the seminar also had two panels. One panel explored the challenges of archiving and documenting a dynamic and ephemeral art form like theatre, where once the live performance was over, little remained of the artistic ‘product’ for posterity. The other panel explored the diverse ways in which theatre can be used in education and the importance of fostering an aesthetic imagination among students. The seminar ended with a wrap up discussion and a short performance of two segments of “Dear Children Sincerely: Seven Decades of Sri Lanka” which dramatize critical decades in Sri Lanka’s history based on oral histories gathered by the Stages Theatre Group. The PGIE hopes to build on this research project and the seminar and continue to explore reconciliation and art as a research theme in the future.

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The PGIE was successful in its bid for a research grant from the British Council under its Transform Programme -- a multi-country project which attempts to facilitate progressive cultural change and cultural expression through a range of activities including the Arts, Culture and Education. The PGIE applied for this grant in response to a grant call circulated by the Vice Chancellor of the OUSL and was able to secure the highest marks for its proposal on Reconciliation, Arts and Education.

This grant will support a 1-year research project into arts-based reconciliation initiatives in Sri Lanka and their pedagogical implications. The project will investigate the under- researched link between how the arts can contribute to sustainable reconciliation and how these in turn can be mainstreamed through pedagogy. As part of the grant the British Council will also facilitate collaboration between the PGIE and Queens University and Ulster University in Northern Ireland -- leading to a comparative focus to the research study. The study is expected to produce a series of publications and will include a learning and sharing event at the end of the project cycle. This grant allows the PGIE to build on a previous collaboration with the School of Social Political Science of the University of Edinburgh that saw the institute host an innovative "Ideas Lab on Art and Reconciliation" in December 2016.

 

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A land of 1 acre and 2 roods situated at New Town Ratnapura has been allocated for Ratnapura Regional Centre upon Cabinet approval of the proposal made by Megapolis and Western Development minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.

The land was officially handed over to the Registrar of the Open University of Sri Lanka, Mrs. Vindya Jayasena by the Director Urban Development Authority Sabaragamuwa region on 20th June 2018. Dr. H.K. Jayawardhana, Director Regional Educational Services, Mr. D.S.D. Kasun, Assistant Registrar/Capital Works, and Dr. Nilusha Wanigasekara Assistant Director Ratnapura Regional Centre, participated the occasion.

The land will be used to establish a new building complex for Ratnapura Regional Centre of the Open University of Sri Lanka.

Image:1 Left to right: Director, Urban Development Authority Sabaragamuwa region, Mrs. Vindya Jayasena, Registrar OUSL, Dr. H.K. Jayawardhana, Director Regional Educational Services.

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A team of senior academics from the OUSL and other senior scientists have filed a patent application for “A process of producing a cross-linked cellulose and acrylic acid grafted super absorbent copolymer using a domestic microwave oven for agricultural applications.” The project team comprised of Prof. S.A Ariadurai - Department of Textile and Apparel Technology, Faculty of Engineering Technology, OUSL, Dr. A.G.B Aruggoda - Department of Agricultural and Plantation Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, OUSL, Ms. C. K Disanayaka - Deputy Director, Division of Food and Agriculture, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board , Ms. S. Kulathunge - former Director Gamma Centre, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board and Ms. T.N Fernando, a PhD student of the Department of Agricultural and Plantation Engineering, OUSL.

Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs) are structurally cross-linked, highly swollen, hydrophilic polymer networks capable of absorbing a large amount of water or aqueous saline solutions, practically 10 to 1000 times of their original weight or volume (Ramazani-Harandi et al., 2006). In the field of agriculture, one major purpose of using SAPs is to aid water sustenance and improve humidity condition of growth media. Further, SAPs are used to increase the water availability to the plant in the growth media, which would enable the plants to survive longer under water stress.

Recognizing the importance of international input in improving learner support at the OUSL, the International Relations Unit (IRU) organized five days of activities for the academics and other stakeholders with the participation of an international scholar, Prof. Ormond Simpson who is an expert in ‘ learner support to increase student retention in ODL.’ These five days of activities started on 29th May 2017 and successfully ended on 2nd June 2017, followed by close interactions and discussions with different stakeholder representatives (students, members of senior management etc.). Two-day outbound residential workshop with 58 academics from all five faculties, Regional Centers and the PGIE, was held on 30th& 31st May 2017 at Tamarind Tree Hotel, Minuwangoda.

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National Workshop on Provincial Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Implementation was held at the OZO Hotel Colombo from 27th February 2017 to 1st March 2017. The chief guest was Mr. Sunil Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the Ministry of Education. Professor Shironica P. Karunanayake gave the welcome address. Dr. Ishan Abeywardena, adviser on OER from Commonwealth of Learning delivered introductory remarks and the key note speech was delivered by Professor Samuel Anbahan Ariadurai, Vice Chancellor, OUSL.

The workshop was a part of OER Integration Initiative at the OUSL. It was organized by the OUSL with the support of Commonwealth of Learning Canada. In view of promoting OER in the Sri Lankan General School Education System (primary, secondary and collegiate), Commonwealth of Learning with the partnership of the OUSL and with support from the Ministry of Education (MoE) has successfully completed a project leading to the development of OER policy frameworks for the nine Provincial Ministries of Education (PMoE) in the year 2016. Professor Shironica P. Karunanayake was involved in the preliminary work and came up with a draft policy for each of the nine provinces in Sri Lanka.

This National Workshop on OER Policy Implementation brought together all the key stakeholders to finalize the provincial policies for potential adoption and implementation. The objectives of the workshop were:

  • build awareness among policymakers and key stakeholders at national/provincial level on the concept and impact of OER for general school education
  • reinforce the necessity and benefits of a provincial OER policy for general school education
  • finalize the draft OER policies for each province ready for adoption/implementation and
  • plot the way forward for adopting and implementing provincial OER policies in Sri Lanka.

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A general MoU was signed between the OUSL and the Tamil University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India on 09 March 2017. This MOU will facilitate students and staff exchange programmes, joint conferences/seminars/workshops, scholarly collaborations and supporting educational, professional and cultural activities among faculties and students of the two institutions.

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Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

​In celebration of the Open Education Week from 27th to 31st March 2017, Faculty of Education has organized an Open Seminar on the topic Towards Open Educational Practices on 31st March 2017 (Friday) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the seminar room of the Faculty of Education. All are welcome.

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The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) and the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka(AAT) signed an MoU at the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of the OUSL on 21 February 2017.

This MoU facilitates the development of academic and professional aspects related to the conducting of the Bachelor of Management Studies Degree and Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management programme offered by the Department of Management Studies of the OUSL.

Under this MoU, AAT will provide professional inputs, resource persons and industrial training facilities whenever such contributions are required for the successful delivery of academic, research and industrial analysis components of those academic programmes.  

A general MOU and an agreement was signed between The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) and Mianz International College (MI College) on 2nd December 2016 to offer the OUSL short courses through MI College in the Maldives. Initially, the following courses have been identified by both parties to be offered at MI College for the Maldivian students who will be registered with the OUSL.

  1. Short Course on Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities
  2. Short Course on Research Methodology in Education
  3. Short Course in Financial Accounting (SCFA)
  4. Short Course in Marketing Management
  5. Short Course in Human Resource Management

This is the first initiative for the OUSL to offer such short courses overseas. This initiative will strengthen the OUSL to offer Foundation, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in the future at the Maldives.

The Vice Chancellor, Registrar and the Director International Relations Unit of the OUSL participated in the graduation ceremony of the MI College held on 2nd December 2016 in the Maldives.

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"Sarasavi Medura," a four-story modern hostel complex of the OUSL, was recently declared open by the Vice Chancellor of the OUSL Prof A. Ariyadurai. This Temporary Residential Facility (TRF) can accommodate up to 400 students at a time and features environmentally-friendly modalities of construction. Completed with spacious comfortable rooms, study spaces, dinning room plus other basic amenities, this TRF is the latest addition to the OUSL's vision to provide maximum support to its ODL student population.

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A book released as an Open Educational Resource (OER) and published by the OUSL titled "Dreamweaving Open Educational Practices” was launched on 8th December, 2016, at the Faculty of Education, OUSL. The Vice Chancellor, Professor S. A. Ariadurai, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, while Emeritus Professor Chandra Gunawardena delivered a review of the book.

This publication, edited by Professors Shironica P. Karunanayaka and Som Naidu, is an outcome of the IDRC-funded ROER4D Research Project led by them and successfully completed at the Faculty of Education during 2015-2016. It features stories of school teachers across the nine provinces in Sri Lanka, who have integrated Open Educational Resources (OER) and adopted Open Educational Practices (OEP) in their teaching and learning.

This is the second book released as an OER by the Faculty of Education and is available at:

http://www.ou.ac.lk/home/images/OUSL/publications/Dreamweaving%20Open%20Educational%20Practices.pdf

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P.D.S. Hiroshan Gunawardane, an OUSL graduate in Technology in the Mechatronics stream, who is presently a Lecturer of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has become the “Winner of the Year 2016” and the first Sri Lankan to receive the "Referenca Award" for Science & Technology for Peaceful Work from REFRENCA European Union organization, awarded at the Academic Economic Congress 2016 held in SLOVENIA.

REFERENCA EU is the European Union organization comprising of hundreds of companies and institutions in the region who distinguish renowned persons in the global academia. They have undertaken a comprehensive assessment of Hiroshan’s academic background, projects, research works, publications and community work as a part of their criteria for the award.

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Motivational Lecture KRC

A motivational lecture on Knowledge Management and Innovation by Dr. Nawaz Jiffry (consultant KMI / Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist) was held on 27th October 2016 at the OUSL Kandy Regional Centre auditorium. This session was organized by the CERC unit, KRC targeting private and public sector employees/employers, university students, entrepreneurs, unemployed youth and the students who want to pursue higher education in the future.

Representatives of many reputed institutions in and around Kandy participated in this session, which was sponsored by the Commercial Bank, Katugastota Branch.

Participants extended their gratitude to the organizers and requested more lectures of this nature in the future.

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