Opening Minds: Research for Sustainable Development

Open University Research Sessions 2017 will be held on 16th and 17th November 2017.

Research presentations will be held under seven broad themes

  • Open & Distance Learning
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences (Biology, Agriculture Earth and Environmental Science)
  • Management, Law and Social Sciences

About us

The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is the only national university which offers a wide range of academic programmes of study through the Open and Distance Learning mode. The flexibility and ease of access of this system enables the university to cater to the needs of prospective students at all levels of study. It offers certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate degree programmes in a wide range of disciplines via four faculties, i.e. Education, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. The Open University takes special interest in fostering research and scholarship, and is a pioneer in research in open and distance learning.

The OUSL has been conducting its Research Sessions since 2003. A significant number of papers that contribute to high quality research and national development in a wide variety of fields have been presented and discussed. The peer reviewed extended abstracts will be published as proceedings of 15th Annual Sessions of OURS 2017.

About the Event

Open University Research Sessions 2017 will be held on 16th and 17th November 2017. These Sessions are intended to be a forum for academics and researchers both within and outside the Open University to present and discuss their research work in progress in a range of disciplines.

The Research Sessions Committee is pleased to invite academics and researchers to submit their research findings to be presented at the sessions.

14th Open University Research Sessions (2016)

Important Dates

no Upcoming event

The Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka was initiated in 2003 to promote and further strengthen the research culture of The Open University of Sri Lanka, the sole Distance Education Higher Education Institute in Sri Lanka. Over the years, dramatic improvements have been made in the research fields of open and distance learning, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering technology, humanities and social sciences. Now the event is upgraded as the ‘Open University Research Sessions (OURS)’ from the year 2016, which in turn would contribute to expand research activities of the country well as foreign collaborations, through the kind assistance of the International Relations Unit of the OUSL. After fourteen extremely successful events, the fifteenth Annual Sessions (OURS  2017), will be held on the 16th and 17th of November 2017.

We are calling for papers in extended abstract form in the fields of Open Distance Learning, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences (Biology, Agriculture Earth and Environmental Science), Management, Law and Social Sciences for “Opening minds: Research for sustainable Development”. As this is a national event, any researcher from any institution and undergraduate/postgraduate students are welcomed to submit an extended abstract to be presented. There is no doubt that the outcome of the OURS 2017 will be extremely valuable to open avenues for new innovations and collaborations. All accepted extended abstracts received by the deadline will be included in the OURS 2017 conference proceedings.

Prof. G.W.A. Rohan Fernando
Conference Chair - OURS 2017

Advisory Panel
Vice Chancellor, OUSL
Deputy Vice Chancellor, OUSL
Dean, Faculty of Education
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dean, Faculty of Engineering Technology
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Director/Postgraduate Institute of English
Director/International Relations Unit


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General Inquiries:
Prof. G.W.A.R. Fernando +94 (11) 288 1451

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Conference Location

The OURS 2017 will be held in Seminar Rooms 1, 2 & 3,
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences,
The Open University of Sri Lanka.

The university is readily accessible through motor vehicle or train.