A senior delegation of academics from one of Australia's tertiary institutions, Deakin University will visit Colombo from April 23-24 2010.
Located in the Australian state of Victoria, Deakin University has gained a reputation for excellence in teaching and research among Sri Lankan students and educators. The University is also well known for its strong industry partnerships, state-of-the-art facilities and vibrant campuses.
The University has enjoyed a successful relationship with the people of Sri Lanka for many years. Hundreds of Sri Lankan students have graduated from Deakin University and gained successful and rewarding careers. Deakin's delegation will meet with many of the key partners and institutions who have helped to see the university become such a popular choice for Sri Lankan students. They will also meet with leading representatives of Sri Lankan industry, education and health sectors, and representatives of both Sri Lankan and Australian governments.
Sri Lankan students first came to Deakin in 1987 to study Commerce, Nursing, Accounting and Information Technology at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in large numbers. Deakin's award winning MBA programme is also popular among Sri Lankan students. Deakin is a 'full service' University - courses are offered from Bachelor's to Doctoral level in traditional disciplines such as arts and science, in fields such as sport, environment and nutrition, and in professional fields such as architecture, law, medicine, engineering, nursing, teaching, psychology and business.
The delegation will brief partners on Deakin's future directions and gain local insights into the requirements of Sri Lankan students. The visit will honour our Sri Lankan Alumni community with a dinner and also meet with members of the Sri Lankan media. It is hoped the meetings will deepen Deakin's engagement with all sectors of Sri Lankan education and society and strengthen bonds shared for over a decade.
It is the most senior delegation of academics from Deakin University ever to visit Sri Lanka, and is comprised of Ms Robin Buckham, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development), Professor Gael McDonald, Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Professor Joseph Graffam, Head of Deakin University's Academic Board, Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, Associate Dean International of the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences and Mr Richard Fogarty, Director, International Relations.
Deakin University has four campuses in the state of Victoria - one in Melbourne, two in Geelong and one in Warrnambool. The University welcomes students from all backgrounds and celebrates the richness that diversity brings to university life. The University offers a range of scholarships for commencing students including academic scholarships for high-achieving students and full scholarships for top international research students. Deakin also provides a range of support programmes to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed in their studies.
The visit will be supported and coordinated by Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Source: Carl Jones, International Communications Manager
Deakin University, Victoria-Australia.
David Samuel, Business Development Manager
Australian Trade Commission, Colombo-Sri Lanka