Gateway College in collaboration with the University of Nottingham – Malaysia Campus (UNMC) organized a Summer Programme for the third consecutive year at the UNMC during the August vacation. Ninety Two Students & Teachers from Gateway Colleges Rajagiriya, Dehiwala, Kandy and Negombo and Gateway Graduate School had a time of learning and fun this year too.
The 7 day programme was designed to give participants exposure to a diversity of knowledge and experience in life on campus in addition to being challenged with academics. On successful completion, both students and teachers received certificates from the University that will add value whether they study further in UNMC or elsewhere in future.
This year 73 students had the opportunity to attend sessions at three different faculties. The Faculty of Engineering had practical projects planned to introduce students to the areas of Chemical,Civil, Mechanical, Material & Manufacturing and Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Participants had an exciting hands-on learning experience during these sessions.
The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences challenged students to think strategically. Discussions on Financial & Trading Strategies and Choice Marketing in Economics were both interactive and interesting.
A peek into Psychology, Robotics and the study of Microbes was yet another memorable experience for the students at the Faculty of Science.
Special training for teachers at the Faculty of Education:
The Management at Gateway who invest in staff development sponsored 18 teachers to attend the specially designed programme at the Faculty of Education. Students following the Teacher Training Diploma at Gateway Graduate School also joined these sessions.
The teachers were divided into two groups to follow courses in Educational Leadership and Behavioral Management.The Educational Leadership Programme was typically for school teachers with leadership positions and those identified as part of the school’s succession plan with significant responsibility for strategic decision-making.
The Behavioral Management programme was aimed at helping professionals within the education field to develop research-informed knowledge and skills to manage emotional and behavioural issues at school, classroom and individual levels.
Fun and entertainment:
Participants were also given opportunities to visit places of interest and have a taste of life in Malaysia. Witnessing a cultural show, tasting traditional Malaysian cuisine and hours of shopping were among the highlights during the two days of leisure.
Participants returned with a wealth of experience, memories to treasure and many new friends.