Paper presentation on “Innovative and Interactive Teaching Methods for improving Learning Quality of Higher Education” was presented by Ms. Samanthi Wickramasinghe and Ms. Nipuni Upeksha (Faculty of IT) at the 2nd International Conference on Education and Distance Learning on 1st July 2016 in Colombo.
Deans’ List Award Ceremony of Faculties of Information Technology and Management
The Internal Quality Assurance Unit of the Horizon Campus introduced a Deans’ List to honor students of exceptional achievement during their education in different faculties. Motivating students to achieve their highest possible academic standards and to encourage students to be engaged in campus/community service are the two main objectives of introducing Deans’ List.
The Deans’ List Award Ceremony was organized by the IQAU and held on 21st December 2016. Mr. Upul Daranagama, Chairman and Prof. Colin N. Peiris, Vice-Chancellor of the Horizon Campus awarded certificates to recipients. Staff members and students of the campus graced the occasion. Recipients of the Deans’ list are as follows:
Faculty of Management
Ms. Chamika Nishamalee
Ms. Imasha Ushani
Ms. Kaveesha Prabhashwari Yasanayake
Ms. D S Samaraweera
Ms. C M P Sanduni Umesha Perera
Ms. Dulmini Yasodhanie Wickramaratne
Ms. Manasha Anjalie Weerasinghe
Ms. Bawatharini Panneerselvam
Ms. Hamsathvany Navaretnam
Mr. R.B.L.I. Pathinayaka
Ms. M.A. Sanduni Tharika
Ms. Ruwan Pathirana
Ms. Balraj Mayurani
Mr. Prasanga Sandaruwan
Mr. M. Rizan M. Fiham
Ms. Nisansala Sewwandi Gamage
Faculty of Information Technology
Asha Erandi Jayasooriya
A recent study shows that despite the increased intakes in state sector Universities and private sector training organizations the demand for the IT professionals cannot be satisfactorily met. Shortage of IT professionals has become even more critical if the growth plans of IT sector companies are taken into account. The student intake to the state universities cannot be adequately increased to meet this demand, due to lack of physical infrastructure and human resources.
The Bachelor Information Technology (BIT) programme offered by University of Moratuwa allow higher educational opportunities for a wider audience of citizens in Sri Lanka which is at a reasonable cost when delivering at Horizon Campus with the collaboration of Centre for Open & Distance Learning (CODL).
Horizon Campus, Malabe recently held its annual convocation to confer Diplomas, Degrees and Post Graduate Degrees on its Master of Business Administration students and undergraduates, graduating from International partner Universities.
The Deputy Minister for Public Enterprise Development, Hon. Eran Wickaramarathne graced this occasion as the Chief Guest, with Mr. Chris Jenney, Head of International Institutions, The University of London International Programmes also in attendance.
Students who completed their MBA programmes, were awarded by Horizon Campus, undergraduates who completed the LL.B and B.Sc. degrees from the University of London International Programmes and undergraduates who completed their Bachelor’s degrees from the Buckinghamshire New University and Herzing University, USA and Diplomates who completed the Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) approved Pre-School Education programmes were conferred with their respective award at the ceremony.
Minister Wickramarathne emphasized on the necessity of private higher education in the country, to cater for the large segment of students who do not get the privilege of entering the state sector universities. He was also keen to point out the shortage of skilled labour and attributed the same to the lack of accommodation for all those eligible but not accepted to local universities. Mr. Wickramarathne was commended the efforts taken by Horizon Campus and the hard work undertaken by its graduates in making the event a reality. He had this to say in congratulating the graduates on their achievements; “To the graduates, my main piece of advice for you today is simple:
“You have been equipped with skills, qualifications and vision – now give back to your country. All of you undoubtedly have the capability to lead our nation and drive its economy. As you begin your working life, do not shirk that responsibility by flying out for a higher pay or a more ‘dignified’ job. There is no greater contentment than giving back to your motherland.”
Mr. Upul Daranagama, Chairman, Horizon Group, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Colin Peiris, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ajitha Wanasinghe, academic and non-academic staff, special invitees and family members of the graduates were also in attendance on this solemn evening.
Horizon Campus – Malabe, is a Non state University with degree awarding power approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Higher Education.
Horizon Campus has also the recognition from Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) which is also currently partnered with the University of London International Programmes, Nilai University, Malaysia and Arkansas State University, USA, offering a range of degree programmes from Law, Management, Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance, Information Technology, Bio-technology and Education to students who wish to read for a recognized local or foreign degree programme of their choice.
Today, the 25th of October 2016, marked a historic day for the Faculty of Science as well as Horizon Campus! Students from Batch 1 Degree and Diploma courses organised an open blood donation programme for the first time at the Campus. The event was a tremendous success where we had over 75 successful donation and we hope to build on this success in the years that follow.
We at the Science Faculty would like to extend our warmest of THANK YOU’ to all of those who took part in the event and a special thank you to the students of Batch 1 who organised this!”
The 11th International Lawasia (Law Association of Asia and Pacific) Moot Competition which was held from the 10th to the 15th of August, made Colombo her home this year. Lawasia is an annual moot competition held in parallel with the Lawasia Conference targeting students of the legal field and youngsters that have a knack for logical legal argumentation from across the world. Though the visit was short, it did not fall short of delivering upon its mandate found in the Lawasia International website “We meet to uphold the time honoured values of man and celebrate the sharing of knowledge and ideas, and of learning whilst embracing the diversities of the world we live in, believing that man’s greatest moment is a moment in time of warm embrace and acceptance for his fellow human being. “. Lawasia 2016 was indeed a microcosm of diversity, not only in opinion but also in community as fourteen teams from not only the oriental part of the world but also the great West, gathered atop one platform to represent conflicting opinions in the art of Mooting.
Mooting is an argumentative exercise where two teams; one representing the Claimant/ Prosecution in a court of Law and the other deliberating on behalf of the Defendant, submit their oral testaments before an esteemed panel of judges. Prior to the oral rounds, a team which is usually composed of two to three persons are required to make a Written Submission detailing the team stance which is then shared with the opponents.
The Moot problem for this year’s competition was based on an arbitration between two tea companies on the grounds of breach of contract formed between the two enterprises and violation of Intellectual Property laws.
The mooting team of Horizon Campus composed of Ms. Samadhi Cooray, Mr. Chamath Perera and Ms. Chiranthi Senanayake was voted by the fellow participants as the team that best encapsulated the overall spirit of the Lawasia Mooting Competition; the team that demonstrated not only their oratorical capabilities but other characteristics such as diplomacy, compromise and ability to accept unity in the diversity.
The incumbent Chair of the Lawasia Mooting Standing Committee, Mr. Raphael Tay along with the Organisers of the 11th International Lawasia Moot Competition must be wholeheartedly congratulated for the memorable experience granted to all those who loves conflict in the form of rational argument and Horizon Campus is proud to be part of this international exercise and bring Sri Lanka’s name to the limelight.