Result Area 2

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 Sciences, Commerce, 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.

Layout of the Proposal

  1. Title page
  2. Activity Team
  3. Background
  4. Activity Plan
    • Proposed activities and sub-activities
    • Activities and plan to achieve the KPIs
    • Time schedule
    • Stakeholders
    • Budget justification
    • Sustainability

 

List of Faculties  already applied for the ELTA – ELSE grant of the AHEAD project

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Science – (FHSC) – Coordinator Prof. T.M.S.P.K. Thennakoon
  • Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce- (FMSC)-Coordinator Dr. S.T.W.S. Yapa
  • Faculty of Applied Science –(FAS) – Coordinator  Prof. W.A.D.Mahaulpatha

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

Layout of the Proposal 

  1. Title page
  2. Activity Team
  3. Background
  4. Activity Plan
    • Proposed activities/sub-activities
    • Activities and plan to achieve the KPIs
    • Time schedule
    • Stakeholders
    • Budget justification
    • Sustainability

Deadline for Final Proposal Submission – 31st August 2018

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