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)

    • Agreement Sign on 6th May 2019
    • Progress as at 31st January 2021
    • Financial Progress – 34%
  • Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce- (FMSC)-Coordinator Prof. S.T.W.S. Yapa (Rs. 120 million)

    • Agreement Sign on 6th May 2019
    • Progress as at 31st January 2021
    • Financial Progress – 31%
  • Faculty of Applied Science –(FAS) – Coordinator  Prof. Hemanthi Ranasinghe (Rs.120 million)

    • Agreement Sign on 30th September 2019
    • Progress as at 31st January 2021
    • Financial Progress – 12%

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.

    • Agreement Sign on 2nd September 2019
    • Progress as at 31st January 2021
    • Financial Progress – 32%
  • Department of Anthropology – Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences – Coordinator Dr. Sepala Samarasekara Grant Value Rs. 18 million.

    • Agreement Sign on 30th August 2019
    • Progress as at 31st January 2021
    • Financial Progress – 23%
  • Department of Marketing Management – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – Coordinator Aso. Prof. Asoka Malkanthie Grant Value Rs.18 million.

    • Agreement Sign on 29th October 2019
    • Progress as at 31st January 2021
    • Financial Progress – 35%
  • Department of Decision Science – Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce – Coordinator Ms. Amali De Silva, 

    Grant Valve Rs. 18 million.

    • Agreement Sign on 19th August 2019
    • Progress as at 31st January 2021
    • Financial Progress – 51%
  • Department of Sport Science – Faculty of Applied Science – Coordinator Dr. Sashie Weerasinghe Grant Valve Rs. 18 million.

    • Agreement Sign on 27th November 2019
    • Progress as at 31st January 2021
    • Financial Progress – 09%

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
SN Name of the Condidate Faculty and Department Country University Date of commencement Level of completion Payment of Course Fee Payment of Cost of living Total Amount Paid
Round 1
1 Ms.Disna Darshani Nanaykkara Badungodage Humanities and Social Sciences/ English Language Teaching Australia Monash Unuversity 11.02.2019 2nd year 2nd Semester 5,782,111.96 750,000.00      6,532,111.96
2 Ms. Kankanige Yeshika Jayathri Somarathna Management Studies & Commerce/ Entrepreneurship New Zealand AUT University 01.08.2018 3rd year 1st Semester 3,060,010.35 3,000,000.00      6,060,010.35
3 Ms. Waruni Iresha Ekanayaka Humanities and Social Sciences / English Language Teaching Australia Curtin University 26.02.2018 3rd year 2nd semester 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00      6,000,000.00
4 Ms. Welamedde Gedare Vishaka Gunasekara Management Studies & Commerce/ Business Economics New Zealand University of Waikato 01.10.2018 3rd year 1st Semester 2,946,976.64 3,000,000.00      5,946,976.64
5 Ms. Peella Kankanamge Chamika Buddhinie Applied Science/ Botany Australia University of Southern Queensland 15.03.2019 2nd year 2nd Semester 4,425,937.16 2,975,467.53      7,401,404.69
6 Mr. Amila Nuwan Wicrmasekera Management Studies & Commerce/ Decision Sciences New Zealand University of Auckland 01.04.2019 2nd year 2nd Semester   2,143,973.85    2,250,000.00      4,393,973.85
7 Mr. Sampath Deepthi Lanka Kongahawtte Management Studies & Commerce/Finace New Zealand University of Otago 01.11.2018 3rd year 1st Semester   3,826,340.65    1,395,509.79      5,221,850.44
8 Ms. Godagama Gamachchige Wajira Nandanee Applied Science/ Botany Australia Western Sydney University 08.03.2019 2nd year 2nd Semester 4,876,070.57 2,927,009.34      7,803,079.91
9 Ms. Sachithra Somasiri Management Studies & Commerce/Information Techonlogy Resource Centre New Zealand Massey Uniersity 01.11.2019 2nd year 1st semester 2,164,323.80 2,250,000.00      4,414,323.80
Round 2
10 Ms. Nithya Piumi Parameshwara Management Studies & Commerce/Decision Science Thailand Asian Institute of Technology 03.06.2019 2nd year 2nd Semester 5,258,523.67 729,476.33      5,988,000.00
11 Ms. Galwalagama Arachchige Thilini Kaushalya Management Studies & Commerce/Dept. of Commerce New Zealand University of Otago 01.07.2019 2nd year 2nd Semester 1,470,578.18 2,250,000.00      3,720,578.18
12 Dr. Gunasekara vidana Mestrige Chamath Fenando Medical Sciences/ Family Medicine UK Lancaster University 01.09.2018 3rd year 1st Semester 5,978,634.33 580,767.59      6,559,401.92
13 Ms. Ranawakage Dona Nayoma Vaijanthi Management Studies & Commrce/ Commerce Australia RMIT University 08.05.2019 2nd year 2nd Semester 2,609,542.27 1,890,457.73      4,500,000.00
14 Mr. Dilan Tharindu Rathnayake Management Studies & Commerce/ Marketing Manegemeat UK University of Strathclyde 01.10.2019 2nd year 1st Semester 5,999,932.32 0      5,999,932.32
15 Mr. Widana Hewage Terans Gunawardhana Management Studies & Commerce/ Estate Mgt. & Valuation Australia RMIT University 01.10.2020 1st year 1st Semester 2,999,948.39 0      2,999,948.39
16 Gajanayaka Mudiyanselage Channa Jayampathi Bandara Gajanayaka Management Studies & Commrce/ Commerce Newzealand University of Waikato 21.10.2020 1st year 1st Semester 923,702.34 0         923,702.34
17 Mahamarakkala patabadige Shanika Rangani Perera Management Studies & Commerce/ Entrepreneurship Newzealand University of Waikato 29.10.2020 1st year 1st Semester 923,702.34 0         923,702.34
Round 3
18 Mr. Kaushal Pradeep Manawadu Applied Science/Sports Science UK Loughborough University 01.07.2019 2nd year 1st Semester 5,999,700.35 0 5,999,700.35
19 Mr. Hewa Matharage Pethum Manidu Kodikara Management Studies & Commerce/Business Administration Uk University of Manchester 21.09.2020 1st year 1st semester 2,999,851.25 0 2,999,851.25
20 Ms. Amarasirige Vasana Kaushalya Management Studies & Commerce/Business Administration UK University of York 01.10.2020 1st year 1st semester 2,999,975.68 2,999,975.68
21 Ms. Irosha Udayangani Chandrasekere Humanities and Social Sciences/Dept. of Languages, Cultural Studies and Peerforming Arts New Zealand The University of Auckland 01.10.2020 1st year 1st Semester 0 0 0
22 Ms. Dilini Chamali Walisundara Humanities and Social Sciences/Dept. of English and Linguistics New Zealand The University of Auckland 01.11.2019 2nd year 1st Semester 0 0 0