The Staff Development Centre of the University of Kelaniya was recognized for the high quality standards implemented when conducting the Staff Development Programme for Probationary Lecturers by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) at a simple function held at the university premises. It was granted the highly recognized ISO 9001-2015 and SLS ISO 9001-2015 by the SLSI with the scope being ‘ to design, develop and conduct the Staff Development Programme for Probationary Lecturers of universities and higher educational institutions’. The ceremony was attended by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya Prof Sunanda Madduma Bandara, Director General/CEO of the SLSI Mr T G G Dhramawardana, the Director of the SDC Prof Dilkushi Wettewe, distinguished guests and staff members of the SDC. The SDC of the University of Kelaniya is the first and only SDC in a university to receive the international certification by the SLSI.
The National Forum on Continuous Professional Development 2017, the first ever to be organized by a Staff Development Centre of a state university received tremendous response from academics and other stakeholders. The forum was the first of its kind to be organized by a university and brought together researchers, experts in the private and public sectors and policy makers in the field to share their experience and expertise on staff development and to create a dialogue on CPD.
The theme of the forum was “ CPD: A challenging opportunity’. The sub themes of the forum were:
The forum was organized with the aim of enhancing awareness on the importance of continuous professional development in academia. CPD is widely recognized as fundamental to the development of standards and skills of individuals, to take appropriate actions by individuals to reach a higher level in their respective career.
The forum focused attention on CPD as a process that enhances professionalism of an academic through continuing development that will pave the way to become an efficient teacher, researcher, an administrator and a practitioner contributing towards institutional and national development.
It also showcased best practices from several universities and inspired a much needed dialogue on CPD in its current context in higher education.
The forum provided a great opportunity, for the first time, for practitioners, educators, teachers and researchers in the field to share the latest developments and best practices.
The Chief Guest of the forum was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya Prof. Sunanda Madduma Bandara. Deans of Faculties and other distinguished guests attended the inauguration of the forum. Dr. Susie J Schofield, Prof. lynn McAlpine were keynote speakers. Prof.Nilanthi De Silva, Prof.Marie E S Perera, Prof.Joseph Telfair, Dr. Rohantha Athukorala, Prof.Vajira Dissanayake, Dr. Gominda Ponnamperuma, Mr. Harshana Dassanayake, and Prof Ajith de Alwis were symposia speakers.
The conference was held at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2017 .The main sponsor of the forum was Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL).
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Around 50 non academic staff members of the University of Kelaniya took part in a fire safety training programme organized by the Staff Development Centre of the University of Kelaniya. It was held on the 21st of November with the participation of staff members from all faculties in the university. The training programmes was conducted by Mr Kamal Wilson, the deputy chief fire officer of the Fire Service Department, CMC.
Creating attention grabbing slides, keeping audiences captivated, and tips in designing professional presentations were discussed at a workshop organized by the Staff Development Centre on the 26th of September 2016. The guest speaker was Professor B D Nandadeva, from the Visual Arts & Design and Performing Arts Unit of the University of Kelaniya. The workshop is the first in a series of continuing professional development workshops at the Faculty of Humanities.
The technical officers of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka took part in a training programme focusing on laboratory training and maintenance on the 24th of September at the University of Kelaniya. The one day workshop focused on fire safety, lab safety and maintenance, lab waste management, basic first aid and life support, and bio safety.
The Staff Development Center (SDC) of the University of Kelaniya is established to promote and support academic and administrative work that enhances individual and institutional capabilities of the staff within the higher education system in Sri Lanka. By providing appropriate training programs, the SDC supports the development of skills and competencies necessary to function effectively in a professional academic environment within the university system. The objectives of the SDC include the enhancement of competencies of academic/administrative staff members in the areas of teaching, assessment, research, curriculum development, the use of information and communication technologies, administration and management. The flagship programme of the SDC of the University of Kelaniya is the Staff Development Programme for Probationary Lecturers (Induction Programme) that it conducts for newly recruited probationary lecturers to universities and higher education institutes (HEI) in Sri Lanka. Since inception in 1998, the SDC has successfully conducted 12 cycles of the Staff Development Programme for probationary lecturers. The SDC also provides advisory services to other educational institutions. With the university's commitment to providing opportunities and encouraging staff to excel, programmes offered by the SDC assist members employed in the university system achieve their full potential. The SDC is responsible for a number of staff development programmes conducted in each faculty of the university including the development of academic skills, English skills and related training programmes. These programmes are conducted by the Faculty Staff Development Units (FSDUs). The main SDC co-ordinates the staff training activities conducted by the FSDUs. The SDC website details the range of services that are on offer in support of staff development in the University of Kelaniya.
To become the center of excellence in enhancing knowledge, skills and attitudes of stakeholders of the Sri Lankan higher education sector by providing professional development opportunities and resources to meet the evolving needs of Sri Lankan higher education institutions.
To foster an academic and administrative environment that enhances individual and institutional capabilities of the staff within the higher education system in Sri Lanka.