Swinburne-Nawaloka College partnership thrives

Friday 26 February 2016

A long shot of students sitting around our Hawthorn campus

In summary

  • Nawaloka College of Higher Studies is located in Sri Lanka
  • Swinburne established a partnership with Nawaloka College in 2014
  • Largest cohort of students on campus for Semester 1, 2016

Swinburne’s largest cohort of students from Nawaloka College of Higher Studies (NCHS) in Sri Lanka will commence their business and engineering programs at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus in Semester 1, 2016.

Swinburne established an exclusive partnership with NCHS, Sri Lanka in 2014. The partnership provides local Sri Lankan students with the opportunity to study Swinburne UniLink and Foundation Year programs in science, engineering and business. 

“There are a growing number of students enrolling at NCHS with the introduction of the Diploma of Information Technology to the suite of Swinburne programs. We’re looking forward to welcoming more Sri Lankan students to Hawthorn in the coming years,” Lyndon Joseph, Regional Relations Manager, Swinburne International, says.

“Melbourne is and has always been a popular destination for Sri Lankan students. Majority of the students who choose to continue their studies overseas after graduating from NCHS choose to study with us in Melbourne,” he says. 

It is not only students who benefit from this international partnership, teaching staff have also had the opportunity  for professional development, which further demonstrates the strong links between Swinburne and NCHS.

On Friday 5 February, Dr Chandara Hewege and Dr Chamila Perera from Swinburne’s Faculty of Business and Law ran a professional development session for the teaching staff at NCHS on ‘Enhancing deep learning through innovative pedagogies'.

Dr Alan Robertson, Dean of Studies, Nawaloka College of Higher Studies, says the session was both entertaining and informative.

“Chandana and Chamila certainly struck a chord with us in terms of the issues of making modern day university teaching relevant and stimulating for both students and teachers,” Dr Robertson says.

 “The use of wiki-based pedagogy was new to us. While their focus was mainly for use in the social sciences, I feel that our teachers in the science and quantitative areas also gained a sense that it could be applied to their subjects as well.”

NCHS helps facilitate students to study at Swinburne in Melbourne or Kuching, Malaysia, or at California State University, Monterey Bay in the USA.