The traditional ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed four-story building of the Jaffna Regional Center took place on 6th August 2018 with the participation of the Vice Chancellor S.A. Ariadurai, DVC Prof. Kamal Bandara Gunaherath and Registrar Mrs. Vindya Jayasena.

 

   

 

Knowledge First 2018 Kandy, an Education and Career Guidance Exhibition, was held on 7th and 8th September in the Kandy City Center. The OUSL Kandy Regional Centre (RC) played an active role in this education exhibition which was held after the GCE AL exam.

The OUSL team made a comprehensive and an interesting presentation at this exhibition on the academic programmes available at the university. The response of the youth and parents was encouraging and a large number of students showed keen interest in the OUSL programmes. Many school leavers as well as professionals were seen flocking at the OUSL desk to obtain information on the various academic programmes offered by the University.

 

   

   

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Once again the OUSL secured the Gold and Silver awards at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities, hosted by Hano University, in Hanoi Vietnam from the 24-26th of October 2018.

Mr. W. A. R. Senevirathne (Dept. of Management Studies, OUSL) and Ms. H.C Dassanyake (Dept. of Management , University of Sri Jayawardanapura) won the Gold award for the best paper titled Can E-Sevicescapes Improve Student Management. Evidence for The Open University of Sri Lanka

The Silver award was won by a joint paper presented by A.M.P.B. Abeyasinghe (Dispatch Division), B.G Jayathilleke (CETME), B.C.L Attapattu (Civil Engineering), L.P.S Gamini (Department of Management Studies) .

The event was attended by a large delegation of paper presenters from the OUSL.

 

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The Department of Psychology and Counselling of the Faculty of Health Sciences, symbolically celebrated the launch of the BSc (Hons) in Psychology Degree Programme on 19th of October 2018 at the New Conference Hall. The event symbolized the launch of the first Psychology Degree to be offered in the Open and Distance Learning mode in the country and the first Bachelor of Science Honours degree in the government sector universities. This four year special degree will be offered by the Department of Psychology and Counselling at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Guest of Honour at the event was Dr. Razia Pendse, the current World Health Organization country representative to Sri Lanka, who spoke on the importance of Psychology in Sri Lanka, highlighting the importance of the Bio-Psycho-Social approach to understanding illness with many examples from the Sri Lankan context. There were nearly 100 guests comprising of students of the first batch of the degree programme and resource persons who contributed to the development of the course, alongside the university’s Senior Management Committee members and Faculty members.

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Guest of Honour – Dr. Razia Pendse addressing the gathering               Dignitaries at the Head Table

 

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Guest of Honour – Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences,                Chief Guest, Vice Chancellor of OUSL, Prof. S.A. Ariadurai addressing the gathering
Prof. Gaya Ranawaka lighting the oil lamp

 

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Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences,                                                   Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling,
Prof. Gaya Ranawaka addressing the gathering                                     Dr. G.P. Gamage addressing the gathering

 

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Invited guests at the event

The 4th Deputy Vice Chancellor of the OUSL, Dr. A P. Madurapperuma assumed duties on 17 January 2019 at a formal ceremony attended by the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deans of Faculties and other senior academics.