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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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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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Not sure of your plans beyond A/Ls?

Interested in undergraduate studies but confused by the many options?

Attend SL2College VOICES 2013, an undergraduate conference organized by SL2College (a volunteer driven nonprofit organization that provides unbiased advice and guidance to Sri Lankan students to pursue their higher education, www.sl2college.org) to address all your doubts and questions related to higher educational opportunities.

Date: Sunday, 25th of August 2013 (9.00 am – 5.00 pm)
Where: Professor V. K. Samaranayake Auditorium, University of Colombo, School of Computing conference hall
How to participate: Register today at www.sl2college.org/conference (a registration fee of Rs. 200 from students and Rs. 400 from other attendees will be charged; registration fee will include lunch).

The panel of presenting speakers will consist of distinguished academics, highly accomplished individuals, and educational organizations representing different countries/regions around the world. These speakers will share their success stories, provide information about lesser-known alternative higher education strategies both within Sri Lanka and abroad, and educate the audience on how to acquire preparatory skills that are common and essential for all academic fields. There will also be a Q&A session, where attendees will be able to interact with the panel of distinguished speakers.

Speakers at SL2College VOICES 2013: Arun Dias Bandaranayke (professional broadcaster and TV presenter), Dian Gomes (Group Director at MAS Holdings), Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna(Chairman and CEO of WSO2, Software developer), Arj Wignaraja (Business strategist), Dr.Sujata Gamage (Scientist in knowledge management), Charita Ratwatte (Chief Manager – Sustainability at Dialog Axiata PLC), Asanga Abeygoonasekara (Advisor to the Minister of External Affairs), Nayana Samaranayake (software engineer Google.Inc), The U.S.-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission, British Council, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Come, get inspired and learn the path toward a rewarding academic success!

By Surangi Perera