In a groundbreaking move set to reshape the landscape of higher education in Sri Lanka, Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC) has forged a transformative partnership with Deakin University, Australia.

This collaboration introduces the Deakin University Pathway programmes in the fields of science, engineering, the environment, software engineering and data science, heralding a new era of academic excellence and global opportunities for Sri Lankan students.

The power of co-teaching

Central to this partnership is the implementation of co-teaching, a pedagogical approach that pairs teachers together in the classroom. Co-teaching involves joint planning, instruction and assessment, with both teachers sharing equal responsibilities and accountability. This innovative method is proven to enhance inclusivity in classrooms, and cater to diverse learning needs and styles.

Unique learning experience

In this unique initiative, students enrolled in the Deakin University Pathway programmes at RIC will have the invaluable opportunity to be co-taught by esteemed Deakin faculty members from Australia. These academic units will mirror the curriculum and resources used at Deakin, ensuring a seamless transition for students aiming to pursue further education in Australia.

The delivery of these programmes will be conducted through a blended learning mode comprising face-to-face classes, video conferences, site visits and practical sessions. This comprehensive approach ensures a holistic understanding of the subjects and fosters interactive learning experiences.

Benefits galore for Sri Lankan students

The advantages that students will gain through this co-teaching initiative are unparalleled. This collaboration introduces the Academic Mentorship Programme, enriching the overall student experience with high quality teaching and learning support from both RIC and Deakin faculty and staff.

One of the key highlights of this initiative is the opportunity for students to learn directly from Deakin lecturers – the very academics and professionals who developed the unit content. This direct interaction not only enhances in-depth understanding of the content but also provides unique insights into the subjects, setting the stage for academic brilliance.

Moreover, this initiative ensures the successful achievement of students’ learning outcomes, ensuring that they arrive in Australia with academic knowledge equivalent to their counterparts who started their studies at Deakin. This parity guarantees a smooth transition and academic success, paving the way for promising global careers.

Beyond the academic realm, this collaboration also offers substantial cost savings for students. By receiving an authentic Australian education experience within their home country, students can pursue their dreams without the financial burden of studying abroad.

Looking ahead

The partnership between RIC and Deakin University marks a significant milestone in Sri Lanka’s educational landscape. By embracing co-teaching and providing students with unparalleled opportunities, this initiative is set to not only enrich their academic journey but also open doors to global prospects.

As Sri Lankan students step into this new era of education, they do so with the assurance of a world-class learning experience and promising future, all while studying within the comfort of their homeland.

This collaboration between RIC and Deakin University stands as a testimony to the power of innovative teaching methods and international partnerships, shaping the future leaders of Sri Lanka’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) industries.

– Compiled by Ruwandi Perera


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