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Thinking about higher education?

Sri Lanka’s premier conference for after A/L and and current A/L students endorsed by the Ministry of Education. SL2College Voices 2014.

Entrance Free.

“Voices 2014” is a one-day undergraduate conference organized by Sl2college, a volunteer-driven non profit organization devoted to improving Sri Lanka‘s knowledge capital pool. The goal of this conference is to create a forum to share information on undergraduate education opportunities in Sri Lanka and abroad.

The distinguished speakers include Professor Mohan Munasinghe (Nobel Laureate and Founder and Chairman of the Munasighe Institute of Development), Dr. Nihal Somaratne (Senior Lecturer of Department of Civil Engineering – Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya) and recent graduates from several local universities.

Furthermore, representatives from educational institutes such as The Fulbright Program and Australian Trade Commission will also attend this conference.

Reserve your seats through www.sl2college.org/conference  or call Marlene 077 383 3804

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Date: Sunday: 5th of October

Time: 8.15am to 4.00pm

Venue: New Arts Theatre, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

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SL2C Meetup

Sl2college, one of Sri Lanka’s premier volunteer-driven organization with the vision of  becoming “An information hub for Sri Lankan students seeking to pursue higher education”. SL2College helps Sri Lankan students with their higher education goals by providing free, accurate, in-depth and unbiased information about many aspects of higher education within Sri Lanka and overseas. Run by a global community of past and present Sri Lankan graduate students, faculty members and entrepreneurs residing in many countries, SL2College is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

The quarterly meet up of the organization happened on 22nd of October 2013 at WS02 premises Colombo-03. This meetup is a platform for its team members to meet each other and get to know more about the great work that is being done while showing different ways in which new volunteers can get involved. Indicating the success of having meetups, participation of new enthusiastic volunteers doubled when compared with the previous meetup. They all were willing to contribute their time and effort towards ongoing projects of SL2College.

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The event was started by Nayana Samaranayake, the founding member of SL2College, introducing the organization and its achievements. Then Kethika Kulleperuma, representing marketing team, explained about the activities of the marketing team. She pointed that Social Media is ever evolving and is highly dynamic which provides many opportunities to any organization to bring their name upfront. Furthermore, she invited new volunteers to join marketing team.

Next, Tilan Wijesooriya representing SL2College editorial team, focused on the importance of reaching rural areas in Sri Lanka with their local media, namely Sinhala and Tamil. He further stated about regular articles presented by SL2College for Vidusara and Navaliya magazines.

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Then, Rasitha Wijesekara and Charith Sooriyaarachchi introduced Volunteer and Team building activities of SL2College. SL2College organizes mentoring sessions for its team members in order to build their personal and professional skills, where high profiled and successful personnel will be mentoring the volunteers. In the past sessions, Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna (CEO of WSO2), Mr. Rohan Jayaweera (Country Consultant at Google) and many industry professionals have shared their knowledge and ideas with SL2College members. Pasindu Perara and Thushan Ganegedara then spoke on SL2College web team and Asia student mentor network respectively.

Rashmika Nawaratne concluded the speeches explaining school seminar series conducted by Sl2College, in collaboration with Ministry of Education and US Embassy. Under the school seminar series SL2College has done a successful seminar at Richmond College, Galle and planning to conduct several school seminars in Gampaha and Jaffna in the coming months. Rashmika invited speakers to talk about higher education in both Sinhala and Tamil mediums.

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The speeches were to get newcomers up to speed on knowledge about SL2College and the current events happening. Then an interesting quiz session was conducted by Rasitha, which most the participants got thrilled and won chocolates.

The meetup concluded with refreshments and a networking session where the new volunteers met the SL2College core team members and showed their interested on various projects conducted by SL2College.

If you are interested in volunteering with us send your CV to info@sl2college.org

Website: http://www.sl2college.org/

For further updates on SL2College: https://www.facebook.com/sl2college

Article by: Mohammed Aasir

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SL2College meetup is a platform for its team members to meet each other and get to know more about the great work that is being done while showing different ways in which new volunteers can get involved. If you are passionate about volunteering and would like to make a change, SL2College is the place to be.

The second quaterly SL2College meetup is happening at WSO2, Colpetty on October 22nd from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Please join us to get to know more about SL2College and what we do and to network and mingle with the SL2College team.

 

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In Sri Lanka, almost every student faces one common challenge after A/Ls – choosing the most suitable pathway in higher education. This decision is a challenging one due to many factors, such as personal aspirations, career prospects, and financial capabilities.  Additionally, there is the highly commercialized trade-show of higher education courses, diplomas and degrees promoted by third-party educational vendors.  The need for credible guidance to surpass the stereotypical options by having a more realistic and practical view on higher education opportunities is strongly felt now than ever before. 

SL2College VOICES 2013 strived to achieve just that by bringing prominent, learned individuals together to share their views and experiences with the public. SL2College VOICES 2013 was organized by SL2College* and was held on 25th of August, 2013 at Professor V. K. Samaranayake auditorium, University of Colombo School of Computing. This one-day conference attracted over 230 attendees from different sectors, including parents, students and university academics.

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The day began with the official opening of SL2College VOICES 2013 by the hosts, Arun Dias Bandaranayake, a veteran journalist and Ms. Dinasha Stephens. Thereafter, the keynote speech was given by Mr. Dian Gomes, group director of MAS holdings, who explained how decisions critical to his academic path contributed towards what he is today. He further discussed the need for commitment to and training for excellence without any expectations of financial reward. Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna, software engineer and CEO of WSO2, spoke about the resourcefulness of SL2College that can be used as guidance, motivation and information at every step of one’s academic career. He assured the audience that it’s never too late to do what one is passionate about. Drawing from personal experience, Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), stressed the importance of connecting with the world since it is a critical component towards advancing one’s career.

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Prof. Ajith De Alwis, Professor at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, highlighted that career and academic development require continuous training for excellence.  He further added that carving a niche for oneself is essential to thrive in today’s competitive markets. A strategist and dramatist, Mr. Arj Wignaraja urged the audience to actively look for opportunities that can convert a passion into a career. Vidya Jothi Prof. Arjuna Aluwihare, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Peradeniya, remarked on how Sri Lanka has a lot to offer for graduates returning from studying abroad and encouraged the audience to work against the brain drain of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Charitha Ratwatte, Chief Manager of Sustainability at Dialog Axiata PLC, explained how and why he selected his university programs and how learning from failures can lead to better judgment on crafting the next step in one’s career. Team Leader of the Human Capital Research Program at LIRNEasia, Dr. Sujata Gamage, educated the audience on why the legitimacy and track record of a  higher education institute should be examined before making a choice. There were question and answer sessions where members of the audience were actively involved in discussing their concerns with the speakers.

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Several prominent organizations that are involved in higher education, such as British Council, The German Academic Exchange Service and Australian Trade Commission discussed the various undergraduate opportunities available in their representative countries. The attendees were served lunch and a snacks as the conference proceeded. The day ended with closing remarks from Mr. Nayana Samaranayake, software engineer at Google Inc. and founder of SL2College, reiterating that SL2College is the platform to use to empower people by guiding them to make smarter decisions in their higher education. He also thanked all the onshore and offshore volunteers for making the event a great success.

The event was endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka, and supported by generous sponsorships from Dialog Axiata PLC and Brandix, Edex Career as the conference partner, Upali newspapers as the official print media partner, Elephant House as the official beverage partner, Virakesari and Metro News as the Tamil media partners, and diGIT.lk – The IT Magazine and Readme.lk as digital media partners.

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In recognizing the need to resonate “VOICES” island-wide and thereby become the long awaited transformative voice in higher education in Sri Lanka, SL2College will organize similar events in other cities across Sri Lanka, thereby reaching out to a wider audience.

Visit www.sl2college.org for more information on the organization, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us at info@sl2college.org.

*SL2College is a volunteer driven nonprofit organization that provides unbiased advice and guidance to Sri Lankan students to pursue their higher education.

 

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Speaker Panel

SL2College, one of Sri Lanka’s premier volunteer-driven organization held its July meet up at WSO2 in Colombo, on 11th July 2013. Marking the success of the event, 30 new volunteers joined the team to contribute their time and effort towards ongoing projects at SL2College.

SL2College is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization devoted to provide unbiased advice and guidance to Sri lankan students to pursue their higher education. Since its inception in 2005, SL2College has largely been an online based organization with over 400 advisers from at least 30 countries, and might well be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

The evening was lightened and inspired by colloquial speeches by Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna, Nayana Samaranayake, Sasanka Jayadasa, Rashmika Nawaratne and Kanchana Ambagahawita.

Nayana Samaranayake, a founding member of SL2College, explained its vision to the participants. He further explained the purpose of the meetup, mentioning that it is important for people to meet physically, network and share thoughts and ideas, since SL2College is more of a virtual organization. Nayana believes that dedication and passion to work in the organization can be developed by such meetups.

Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna, the Chairman of the Director board of SL2College, shared his volunteer experiences. He explained that though volunteering may not have short term benefits, it gives a person unseen benefits in the long run including great professional networking skills and development that can be put into use in one’s own career.

Interested Volunteers

Rashmika Nawaratne, Project Manager of the Sri Lanka Education Forum (SLEF) project under SL2College, spoke about SLEF to participants. He mentioned that the main focus of SLEF is to guide Sri Lankan students and provide information on higher education opportunities available within Sri Lanka. He invited everyone who would like to work for the cause to join the SLEF Team.

WorkInSriLanka, a vital project that has a timely value in Sri Lanka was initiated by SL2College recently. The project’s main objective is to advocate Sri Lanka as an attractive destination for highly skilled individuals and high calibre businesses. Kanchana Ambagahawita, the project manager of Work In Sri Lanka, introduced the project and its value to the Sri Lankan community.

Finally, Sasanka Jayadasa, Administrative Director at SL2College, spoke of the value of volunteers and how SL2College targets on building professionalism and soft-skills. He invited anyone who is willing to develop their professional skills and help Sri Lankan students in pursuing their higher education to join with SL2College.

Interested Volunteers

Given that SL2College is largely run virtually, this meetup gave team members and volunteers an opportunity to meet and get to know about the great work that is being done, and showed different ways in which new volunteers can get involved. SL2College has a number of ongoing projects that are in need of volunteers. These include,

1. The online Forum
2. Editorial work
3. Mentor Program
4. Seminars (Local and Webinars)
5. University Clubs
6. Work In Sri Lanka

Volunteers Networking

If you are passionate about volunteering and would like to make a change, SL2College is the place to be. SL2College is looking for professionals, students or individuals from a wide spectrum of expertise. You can get involved in Mentoring, Writing, PR, Fundraising, Marketing, Research, HR, Education Policy, Project Management, and Event Planning. It is not only about volunteering; it is about bringing yourself up to make a greater Sri Lanka.

For more information, visit www.sl2college.org or contact us at info@sl2college.org.