University education is the key to reach one’s potential in order to fulfill personal and career aspirations. Although university education in Sri Lanka is an aspiration to many, it is a dream realized only by a few. We at The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) believe that every Sri Lankan deserves the chance to go to university, and therefore provides opportunities for those who are motivated in pursuing university level education while working.
Open & Distance Learning Mode @ OUSL
Founded in 1980, the OUSL is the premier Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution in the island, with the same legal and academic status as any other national university in Sri Lanka. The ODL methodology is based on self-study and independent learning where distance learners assume responsibility to initiate a self-directed learning experience. Regular lectures, a feature of face-to-face teaching at a conventional university, is minimal at the OUSL. Instead, students learn through carefully prepared study material together with other forms of support that facilitate learning. In addition to gaining subject knowledge and skills, students develop many other life skills, including self-organization and time management. The OUSL opens pathways to pursue university level education for all prospective students, young or old, in Colombo or in the peripheries.
Degrees awarded by the OUSL are equal to those awarded by any other national university in Sri Lanka and is recognized internationally as well. Its enrolment has increased from 3,000 in 1980 to over 40,000 today, accounting for a large proportion of the total university enrolments in the country. OUSL is the only university in Sri Lanka with centres all over the country. The Central campus and the Colombo Regional Centre are located in Nawala. The Regional Centres are situated in Kandy, Matara, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Ratnapura.
The cost of OUSL degrees are very reasonable, in comparison to other study programmes available in Sri Lanka, as part of the fees are subsidised by the Government. Also, the flexible scheme of payment allows students to pay annually, in two instalments. Moreover, the OUSL provides financial assistance through several scholarships and bursaries, based on merit and need.
Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the OUSL comprises the Departments of Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Pharmacy, Basic Sciences, Psychology & Counselling, and Health Education & Research. The Faculty offers higher educational opportunities and career advancement, for those who wish to pursue a degree related to healthcare. It presently caters to over 3000 students registered for the Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Pharmacy Degree programmes. In addition to these threeHonours Degrees, the Faculty is launching a new study programme this year, the BSc Honours Degree in Psychology. All these Honours Degree programmes are conducted in the English medium and provide another chance to those who were not in a position to commit time for higher education earlier in their lives. These study programmes also open up an avenue for employed personswho cannot attend full-time studies, to upgrade their knowledge and skills for career development.
A range of services are offered by the faculty to support the students. These are available in the form of printed course material as the equivalent of lectures, face-to-facesessions which include discussion classes and lab and field based exercises. Further it provides audio visual and online learning material to familiarize students with modern learning trends. The OUSL also helps students to develop their competencies in language, computer and soft skills.
Health and Allied Health Science Degrees at the OUSL
Bachelor of Science Honours in Nursing: The OUSL’s Nursing Degree programme is the first nursing degree programme offered to the nursing professionals from a state university in Sri Lanka. This innovative programme was launched in 1994 and has continued to enhance the knowledge, skills and favorable attitudes of nursing professionals enabling the provision of quality care in every aspect of nursing practice. Currently a remarkable number of students are enrolled for the Nursing degree programme and a large number of OUSL Nursing graduates are rendering a great service to the people in Sri Lanka. Further, this programme is offered throughout the OUSL Regional centre network, providing an outstanding opportunity for nurses working in any part of the island to develop competency in nursing education, evidence based nursing practice, leadership and management. Moreover, the BSc Nursing Degree Programme at the OUSL offers nurses a gateway to enter the global nursing community and extend their experience and skills on par with nursing professionals in developed countries.
Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours: The Pharmacy degree at the OUSL was launched with the continuing and expanding demand for higher education opportunities for pharmacists already employed in the health sector. Aim of the progrmme is to produce graduates who have highly developed analytical skills,organizing skills and leadership skills along with a sound clinical competence. Emphasis is also placed on developing thinking patterns, communication skills, maintaining professionalism, problem solving and social skills among the undergraduates and also skills to address professional and ethical issues to suit the needs of the healthcare sector and the relevant academic and research fields.
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences Honours: This Honours degree programme at OUSL offers opportunities for Medical Laboratory Technologists to update their knowledge and skills in Medical Laboratory Sciences to suit the needs of the healthcare sector and for relevant academic and research fields.
This programme is therefore an excellent opportunity for MLTs who have diploma level qualifications to become graduates and update themselves while working in the government or private health sector. It is designed to create professionally competent individuals to engage in the fast-developing field of medical laboratory sciences, while recognizing their role in the assurance of quality healthcare provision. Bachelor of Science Honours in Psychology:
The BSc Honours in Psychology degree is launched this year with the intention of widening opportunities for working professionals, adult learners as well as A/L school leavers. This year, applications for the above four Honours degree programmes will be accepted from April 22ndto May22nd, 2018.
All four Honours degree programmes consider previous academic qualifications and grant exemptions on evaluation for selected courses. Enrolment in all four study programmes is competitive and applicants are selected through an entry test.
For more information visit www.ou.ac.lk/or drop an e-mail to [email protected] or visit the Central Campus at Nawala or any of its Regional/Study Centres.