Results Area 2: Improving the Quality of Higher Education

This results area aims to support HEIs to produce students who are well-qualified academically and also suitably prepared for the world of work and for wider civic and social life. The following strategic actions will be used to achieve this objective:

Enriching Learning, Teaching and Assessment (ELTA) and English Language Skills Enhancement (ELSE) grants. A system of competitive grants for ELTA-ELSE will be established to support innovative approaches for the combined development of academic excellence and socio-emotional skills.

Professional development. The Program will support university academics to obtain PhD qualifications and SLIATE academic staff to obtain master’s degrees and professional doctorates from reputed universities. The Program will also support short-term training programs for the capacity building of academic, managerial, and technical staff of the MHEH, UGC, SLIATE, universities, ATIs, and non-state HEIs.

ELTA - ELSE Faculty Grants

The Enriching Learning, Teaching, Assessment and English Language Skills Enhancement (ELTA-ELSE) DP aims at improving the quality of higher education and has two main components: (a) academic and socio-emotional skills development[1] and (b) enhancement of English language skills.

The AHEAD project will initiate a funding scheme with a view to improving the quality of learning, teaching, and assessment combined with socio-emotional skills and English language skills of students from the fields of the Arts, Humanities, Social SciencesCommerce, Management, and Pure and Applied Sciences, so as to strengthen the social and economic relevance of the university programs.

The ELTA-ELSE Faculty DP will be a competitive funding scheme under the overall leadership and responsibility of the Dean of the Faculty. Grant winners will received Rs.100 million.

List of Faculties  won the round one  ELTA – ELSE grant of the AHEAD project

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Science – (FHSC) – Coordinator Prof. T.M.S.P.K. Thennakoon (Rs.120 million)

    • Progress – Agreement Sign on 6th May 2019
    • Financial Progress – 5%
  • Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce- (FMSC)-Coordinator Dr. S.T.W.S. Yapa (Rs. 120 million)

    • Progress – Agreement Sign on 6th May 2019
    • Financial Progress – 1%
  • Faculty of Applied Science –(FAS) – Coordinator  Prof. Nelum Deshapriya (Rs.120 million)

ELTA - ELSE Department Grants

Enriching Learning, Teaching, Assessment and English Language Skills Enhancement (ELTA-ELSE) Development Projects (DPs) for Departments/Units, a vitally important component of Results Area Two: ‘Improve the quality of higher education’ and provides guidelines for proposal preparation for the ELTA-ELSE Department/Unit DPs.

The ELTA-ELSE Department/Unit DP will be a competitive funding scheme under the overall leadership and responsibility of the Head/Coordinator of the Department/Unit.

The ELTA-ELSE Department/Unit DPs will be available to Departments/Units in the Faculties of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, Management, and Pure and Applied Sciences in the Universities which come under the purview of the UGC and have internal students.

Each DP will be to the value of LKR 15 million, of which LKR 10.5 million is to be spent on ELTA and LKR 4.5 million is to be spent on ELSE

List of Departments won the round one  ELTA – ELSE grant of the AHEAD project

  • Department of Geography – Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences – Coordinator Mr. B.A.S.C.Kumara Grant Value Rs. 18 million.

    • Progress – Agreement Sign on 2nd September 2019
  • Department of Anthropology – Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences – Coordinator Dr. Praneeth Abayasundara Grant Value Rs. 18 million.

    • Progress – Agreement Sign on 30th August 2019
  • Department of Marketing Management – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – Coordinator Dr. Asoka Malkanthie Grant Value Rs.18 million.

  • Department of Decision Science – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – Coordinator Ms. Amali De Silva

    • Progress – Agreement Sign on 19th August 2019
  • Department of Sport Science – Faculty of Applied Science – Coordinator Dr. Sashie Weerasinghe Grant Valve Rs. 18 million.

Postgraduate Scholarship

AHEAD will assist HEIs to strengthen the quality of their academic staff through suitable PhD programmes. This scholarship program will be offered in collaboration with the UGC and NCAS scholarship schemes. Funding will be provided for upto 36 months support towards completion of a three year full time PhD programs in overseas universities or full time Split-Site PhD programs.

A maximum allocation of LKR 9 million for a candidate, the grant amount will depend on factors such as whether it is a full or split site program, living cost of the country, and registration/course fee of the program, etc. Individuals winning the grant for a full time PhDs will receive the program registration fees and the cost of living allowances/monthly allowance for the a maximum of three years as well as any other research expenses incurred

The Scholarships will be available to Probationary Lecturers, Lecturers and Senior Lecturers of Universities, Campuses and Undergraduate Institutes without PhD qualifications, subject to the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The Candidate should be less than 40 years of age
  2. The Candidate should be a permanent member of the academic staff
  3. The Candidate should be entitled for full time leave for the entire period of PhD
  4. The Candidate should have obtained IELTS minimum score 7.0 or equivalent at the time of commencement of training
  5. The Candidate should fulfill the eligibility requirement of the Trainer University

List of Candidate received and started their PhD Studies 

  1. Ranawakage Dona Nayoma Vaijanthi -Department of Commerce – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – RMIT University, Australia.
  2. Galwalagama Arachchige Thilini Kaushalya -Department of Commerce – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – University of Otago, New Zealand
  3. Nithya Piumi Parameswara – Department of Decision Science – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  4. Sampath D.L. Kongahawatte – Department of Finance – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – University of Otago, New Zealand 
  5. Kankanige Yeshika Jayathri Somarathna – Department of Entrepreneurship – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand 
  6. Amila Nuwan Wichramasekera – Department of Decision Science – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – University of Auckland, New Zealand 
  7. Disna Dharshani Nanayakkara Badungodage – Department of English Language Teaching – Faculty of Humanities and Social Science – Monash University, Australia
  8. Waruni Iresha Elanayake -Department of English Language Teaching – Faculty of Humanities and Social Science –Curtin University, Australia
  9. Peella Kankanamge Chamika Buddhinie – Department of Botany – Faculty of Applied Science – University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  10. Godagama Gamachchige Wajira Nandanee -Department of Botany – Faculty of Applied Science- Western Sydney University, Australia 
  11. G.V.M. Chamath Fernando – Department of Family Medicine – Faculty of Medical Science – Lancaster University, UK
  12. Ms. W. G. Vishaka Gunasekara -Dept of Business Economics – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – University of Waikato, New Zealand
  13. M.P. S. R. Perera – Dept of  Entrepreneurship -Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce –University of Canterbury, Australia
  14. P. L.W. Sashikala – Dept. of English Language Teaching – Faculty of Humanities and Social Science –University of Waikato, New Zealand
  15. Sachithra Somasiri – Dept. of Marketing Management- Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – Massey UniversityNew Zealand
  16. T. Rathnayake –Dept. of Marketing Management- Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce –University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK