Activities and Events
Unilever Purpose Workshop
The Unilever purpose workshop, powered by Unilever Sri Lanka, FEEL LANKA, and the Career Guidance Unit of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, was successfully held on 18th June 2022, from 8.00 am to 12.00 pm. Four eminent speakers served as resource person in the workshop and shared their insights with enthusiastic young undergraduates who explore the ultimate graduate learning outcomes and career paths.
META+ is a joint project organized by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club under Career Guidance Unit of Faculty of Science and the Leo of Club of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, which comprises series of webinars and a competition on Digital media marketing in order to give a broad knowledge about the subject to undergraduates of Sri Lankan Universities, and to develop skills required for implementing marketing strategies all the while dealing with the challenges. This event saw over 200+ registered participants.
The project was kick started with the airing of the first workshop on “Introduction to digital media marketing” held on the 4th December at 7.30pm and onwards via Zoom. The resource person for this workshop was Mr. Shawn Moses (Lead digital strategist at Creative-hub and former Lead digital strategist IKON). This workshop enrolled over 100 participants.
Organizations having much better skilled and creative employees can easily avoid wasteful investment to improve efficiency and performance of the organizations. However, specific organizations such as tertiary education institutes i.e. universities require a set of employees that are dynamic and able to meet the timely demands. Academic staff of the most universities are provided with training and workshops periodically in order to reach their highest potential in their respective areas of work. Therefore, this is a series of workshops organized by the Career Guidance Unit and the Staff Training Subcommittee of the Faculty to develop skills of the non-academic members (Management Assistants, Laboratory Assistants and technicians, Clerical staff) of the faculty.
The objective of this program is to enhance the English language and computer literacy among non-academic staff and to enhance the soft skills of non-academic staff members.
Evaluation of the program will be done by using questionnaires to evaluate each session conducted and to gain ideas for further improvement. We believe conducting intermittent training programs for the different groups of university non-academic employees can enhance the employee’s performance as well as the institutional performance.
Workshop on “To be an Academic”
A webinar “To be an Academic" organized by the Academic Mentoring Program of Faculty of Science (under the Career Guidance Unit of the Faculty) was held on 12th August 2021 from 4.00 to 5.30 pm. It was conducted by Professor Emeritus Sarath W. Kotagama to inspire the young academics who are in their early career stage. Professor Kotagama shared about his journey as an academic and a researcher including many experiences throughout his career.
Road to Graduate Programs
It is well said that “Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.” Simply because education helps people become better citizens, get a better-paid job, and shows the difference between good and bad. At the same time, helps to grow and develop.
After spending nearly 3-4 years at university the next step of many graduates is to pursue their higher studies, either by enrolling in a Masters or a PhD program. But getting to know the correct pathway to approach such programs have been an issue to many of them. Thus, catering the need of many graduates, Career Guidance Unit of Faculty of Science organized “Road to Graduate Programs” webinar on 27th September 2021 via Zoom platform. The session witnessed more than 100 participants of all the years, who follow different streams.
The webinar was conducted by Dr. Joshua Coco, the Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Advancement, Outreach, Recruitment, Enrollment, Advancement, and Marketing at Rosenstiel school of Marine and Atmospheric science, University of Miami, USA.
Many insights were shared regarding the different graduate programs such as MS and PhD programs conducted in Rosenstiel school of Marine and Atmospheric science, the eligibility criteria for students, the deadlines and many more. During the Q & A session various questions were bought in by the participants regarding applying for higher studies, thus it was very interactive. The session ended on a positive note with lot being discussed in the given timeframe.
Keep up the spirit and stay tuned for more interesting educational sessions and webinars by CGU, FOS. We'll be more than happy to support you all, in any way possible.
Next Generation Women Leaders Asia Pacific virtual program
The virtual program to explore the importance of women in leadership, develop a sense of connection and create a long-lasting community was held from 17 – 18th June 2021. The program was continued with workshops and informative virtual sessions throughout July.
For more information please visit – https://www.mckinsey.com/next-generation-women-leaders/asia-pacific
Inaugural meeting of the Academic Mentoring Program of Faculty of Science
The Inaugural meeting of the Academic Mentoring Programme of the Faculty of Science was held successfully on April 19, 2021, with the participation of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Colombo, Dean, Faculty of Science and the members of the Faculty Mentoring Committee, and all the registered mentees and mentors under the programme.
The speakers of the meeting included Prof Chamari Hettiarachchi, Co-Director, Career Guidance Unit, Prof. Erandathie Lokupitiya, Coordinator, Academic Mentoring Programme, Snr. Prof Chandrika Wijeyaratne, Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo, Snr. Prof Upul Sonnadra, Dean, Faculty of Science, and Snr. Prof Preethi Udagama, Advisor to the Academic Mentoring Programme.
Workshop on higher educational opportunities in University of Miami, USA
A virtual workshop was held for the students of the Faculty of Science who are planning to pursue their higher education, on Ph.D., MS, and Master of Professional Science degrees from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences on 15th April 2021 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. This workshop was conducted by Dr. Josh Coco from the University of Miami, USA.
CGU Orientation Programme – 2021
Personality Development Programme of Career Guidance Unit
The orientation programme for the freshers was held on 9th April 2021 from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm via zoom (Live screen from the Dean’s office Boardroom) with the participation of Co – Directors, Alumnae and Corporate partners.
Introductory virtual workshop
The introductory virtual workshop for the mentors of Academic Mentoring Program was held on 25th of March from 2.15 pm – 4.30 pm via zoom. Professor Erandathie Lokupitiya introduced the program with an overall description including the key objectives and the expected outcomes. Professor Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Leeds General Infirmary and Professor Pavithra Kailasapathy from Department of Human Resources Management, Faculty of Management and Finance, were invited for the event as guest speakers, and gave valuable insights for the program. The session ended with a panel discussion with Professor Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, Professor Pavithra Kailasapathy, Senior Professor Preethi Udagama, and Professor Erandathie Lokupitiya as the panelists. All the mentors, members of the Academic Mentoring Committee, and all the other senior faculty members were invited to participate in this introductory workshop.
INSPIRA 2020 organized by the Career Guidance Unit, FOS/ UOC and funded by the AHEAD budget, was successfully held on 15th January 2021. The main aim of the workshop was to inspire and motivate the young undergraduates who are about to enter the corporate world and make their own career decisions to find extraordinary career paths for themselves. Forty-one students who followed Service Learning and Internship programs under CGU participated in the workshop. Mr. Ashane Wadasinghe (Wealth Planner, AIA Sri Lanka) and Ms.Ludmila Bopitiya (Founder, Ruby & Violet Studio) were the resource personals this year. Strict measures were enforced to ensure health and safety of the participants.