Gateway Graduate School, the higher education and professional development arm of the Gateway Group, in association with Pearson Edexcel, the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) and Teesside University, UK organised the inaugural International Forum for Students on the 30 th of January 2018 at BMICH Colombo. The conference featured prominent international speakers and panelists as well as local professionals with wide international exposure in diverse fields.
Instruction, Imagination, Innovation
The theme for the IFS 2018 was “Instruction, Imagination, Innovation” The event explored the common thread between instruction or education, imagination and innovation where students were able to reflect on the challenges as well as the opportunities that would come their way in the future. In essence, the conference included many inspirational and thought provoking sessions. The objective of IFS was to get students to set goals for themselves and raise their aspirations for personal growth and success.
The speakers at the IFS 2018 included internationally renowned academics and successful Sri Lankan professionals: Prof. Ganakumaran Subramaniam, Head of the School of Education at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus”, Ms. Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala, mountaineering professional and women’s rights advocate, Dr. Dave Morland, Associate Dean at the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University, UK, Mr. Rohan Pallewatte, Executive Chairman of Lanka Harness Company (Pvt) Ltd. The two eminent panelists, Mr. Muttiah Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan cricket legend and world record holder for the highest number of Test match wickets and Ms. Kishani Jayasinghe-Wijayasekara, the International Operatic Soprano and Deputy Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre made an outstanding contribution to students with many of their life changing experiences.
During the last couple of years, the organisers of this event held international conferences for teachers (International Forum for Teachers - IFT) and parents (International Forum for Parents - IFP) both in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives. The International Forum for Students (IFS) was introduced with the intention of exposing the Advanced Level students in Sri Lanka to aspects that are at the vanguard of change in the 21 st Century and develop their skills in communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
Over 400 participants from over 30 schools took part in this event, making it one of the most successful events carried out to-date for High School students.