New Director Appointed

Dr. W.M.C. Bandara Wanninayake has been appointed as the Director of Staff Development Centre - University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka from 05th May, 2015 as the former Director, Prof. Dilkushie Wettewe - Department of English Language Teaching - completed her 03 year tenure on the 04th May, 2017.

Dr. Wanninayake is a Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Marketing Management of the Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies. He is a scholar in Marketing, Management, and Consumer Behaviour.


Latest Events

A Staff Development Workshop

A workshop organized by the Staff Development Centre of the University of Kelaniya was held on the 31st of August 2017 at “Goldi Sand Hotel” in Negombo to enhance the leadership skills of administrative officers of the University.
A lecture on “Leadership Skills” was delivered by the Cooperate Trainer Mr. Chandrasiri Satharasinghe and a lecture on “Music Therapy for Relaxation and Stress Management” was delivered by Mahanama Wickramasinghe, the Head of the Department of South Indian Music of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts.

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The Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the SD Programme for Probationary Lecturers 2017 (Cycle 18)

The Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the Staff Development (SD) programme for probationary lecturers conducted by the Staff Development Center (SDC) of the University of Kelaniya was held on the 30th of June 2017. The SD Programme is designed for university teachers who are at the initial stages of their career. The successful completion of the induction programme, which is accredited by the University Grants Commission, fulfills the requirements for newly recruited staff members to successfully complete a staff development programme for purposes of confirmation in their positions as stipulated by the UGC Circular No. 721.

The course comprises of ten modules related to the professional development of a university teacher and involves at least 150 hours of intensive and participatory learning. The modules of the programme are; the Orientation as a University Teacher, Personal Development and Counseling, Teaching and Learning Methods, Assessment and Evaluation, Curriculum Design and Revision, ICT Skills in Higher Education, Teaching Practice, Research in Higher Education, University Administrative Procedures, Strategic Planning and Management.

This event was graced by Dr. Narada Fernando, the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Dr. Banardara Wanninayake, the Director of the SDC and many probationary lecturers from the university of Kelaniya, University of Moratuwa, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka and University of Vocational Technology. This was the 18th cycle of the SD programme conducted by the SDC of the University of Kelaniya since its inception in 1998. The Staff Development Programme of the University of Kelaniya offers the only ISO 9001-2008 quality certified training in the university system in Sri Lanka.

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Staff Development Workshop

The non-academic staff members were informed about maintaining Inventory Registers at a workshop held on the 29th of June 2017 at the Staff Development Centre (SDC). This workshop was organized by the Staff Development Centre (SDC).

Mr. C.G. Kothalawala, the Senior Assistant Internal Auditor, Internal Audit Division of the University of Kelaniya, explained how to maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of assets within the University for security and information purposes. This event was participated by Dr. Bandara Wanninayake, the Director of the Staff Development Centre (SDC) and non-academic staff members of the University of Kelaniya.

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Academics, researchers and experts involved in promoting Continuing Professional Development in Higher Education in Sri Lanka gathered on the 2nd and 3rd of March at the National Forum on Continuous Professional Development 2017 organized by the Staff Development Centre, University of Kelaniya

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:

  • Continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers in higher education in the current context.
  • The role of CPD as a performance assessment, an appraisal system and a reward scheme for teachers in higher education.
  • Technology for CPD to enhance the flexibility of delivery and user interest.

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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Event Updates

Workshop on SER

Strategies to evaluate the quality of a study programme, understanding the Self Evaluation Report,  preparation of the SER were topics that were discussed at a workshop  conducted by Prof B D Nandadeva on the 8th of May, 2017 at the Staff Development Centre. The training programme was conducted  for staff members of the Faculty of Humanities.

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Fire Safety

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.

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Presentation skills: redefined

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.

Laboratory safety and maintenance

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 Workshop on VLE


About Us

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.

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

To foster an academic and administrative environment that enhances individual and institutional capabilities of the staff within the higher education system in Sri Lanka.

Our Goals

  • To inculcate core competencies in knowledge, skills and attitudes among the staff of all categories to be professionals in their practice.
  • To enhance allegiance, commitment and loyalty of the staff towards the higher education institutions.
  • To engage in continuous improvement of human resource capacity of the higher education institutions.
  • To provide need-based in-service staff development programmes in educational theory and technology, research, and professionals.
  • To provide appropriate in-service training programmes in a. Staff Development b. Educational Technology and c. e-learning in order to enhance competencies of staff members in the areas of teaching, assessment, research, curriculum development, the use of information and communication technologies, administration and management.
 

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