The University of Kelaniya is proud to organize the first ever National Forum on CPD in Higher Education. CPD is a process that enhances the professionalism of an academic through continuous development as an efficient teacher, researcher and practitioner contributing towards institutional and national development. The forum showcases best practices and provide new directions for the future of CPS in higher education. It promises a dynamic experience designed to stimulate a dialogue on CPD in its current context in higher education. Also, it consists of cutting-edge topics and a variety of formats and interactive sessions - including keynote presentations, symposia, oral presentations, workshops and social media competitions. The forum provides a great opportunity for practitioners, educators, teachers and researchers in the field to share the latest developments and best practices.
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.