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Dulith C Perera

World Prize (1st in the World for NCC Level 4 Diploma in Business and NCC Level 5 Diploma in Business)

I started the Level 4 Diploma in Business in 2014, while doing my Advanced Levels at Gateway College Rajagiriya. Currently, I am following the third year of my BA (Hons) in Business Administration degree, which is awarded by the University of Worcester, UK. This degree provides a great depth of knowledge about a wide variety of areas such as marketing, accounting, human resources, information systems and many more. The content and knowledge that I gained through the Level 4 Diploma in Business largely assisted me in my Advanced Levels and was instrumental in allowing me to achieve 3 A grades. The knowledge gained through the Diploma has also enabled me to do well in my CIMA examinations.

I have always found the different fields in business quite interesting and fascinating; thus concentrating and studying for the Level 4 and Level 5 Diplomas in Business was never a problem. Therefore, for anyone who is planning to start their higher studies, always try and choose a path that you love and the rest will follow. Hence, focusing at lectures or studying for exams becomes a habit rather than a hassle.

In addition to the effort that you provide, you will also need immense support from your lecturers to achieve world recognised results. Their experience and knowledge is invaluable for your success. Since the beginning, I have received immense support and encouragement from my lecturers at Gateway Graduate School. Their assistance, knowledge and guidance was one of the major reasons that helped me to achieve 8 Distinctions in the Level 4 and Level 5 Diplomas in Business, while allowing me to secure a 1st in the world prize for the Level 4 Diploma (2016 academic year) and Level 5 Diploma (2017 academic year) in the respective years.

Moreover, Gateway Graduate School provides an invaluable opportunity for the third year students, where they are able to join internship programmes in various renowned companies in Sri Lanka. Hence, you gain a priceless experience at a globally recognised company while elevating your knowledge to a great extent. I was also given the opportunity to work at Hatton National Bank Plc, where I gained a great deal of knowledge while enjoying a very unique experience.

Therefore, I recommend anyone to join Gateway Graduate School for their higher studies and enrol in any of the unique degree programmes that are offered, as it will not only expand your knowledge but will also provide you with a priceless experience.

Sanjula Madurapperuma

1st in the World for NCC Level 4 Diploma in Computing

My experience at Gateway Graduate School was a great one and the Diploma in Computing has helped me gain the knowledge of the basics of every area in the IT field. This laid a strong foundation for me to progress in learning with the hope of specialisation in the future. I should thank each and every one of the lecturers at Gateway Graduate School for guiding me and showing me my true capabilities to reach my achievements. I should also specially thank Mr. Trevin, Mr. Nalin, Ms. Upulika, Ms. Himali, Ms. Samantha and Ms. Niroshi for the support I received.

Amaya Maliduwapathirana

World Prize (2nd in the World for NCC Level 4 Diploma in Business)

The continuous passion and willingness to study has helped me achieve this success. Moreover, the constant guidance by the friendly lecturers have helped me clear my doubts and ensured every lecture was fun, educational and interactive. This global award I have gained from NCC will really add value to my future endeavours.

Sonali Abeysinghe

World Prize (3rd in the World for NCC Level 4 Diploma in Business Information Technology)

This is undoubtedly a fine achievement for me to get a position as a high achiever among all of the international students. This would not have been possible without the immense support and guidance provided by my lecturers and classmates, as well as through self-studying by setting up deadlines to complete assignments and studies to face the exams stress free.

Dharshi Rosebell Edward

The Overall Best Performer Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching

I consider it a great honour to pen a few words to the souvenir of this year’s Graduation ceremony of Gateway Graduate School. Having completed Level 4 and Level 5, I must say that it was a wonderful place to do my studies as I have made many friends, have gained much knowledge and have treasured every moment of it.

I would like to place on record my thanks to all the lecturers and staff of Gateway Graduate School for tolerating my enthusiasm and sometimes my childish ways. I know it wouldn’t have been easy, but you have made through it with your sanity. Thank you all for the advice and guidance.

To my official mentor who helped me complete my dissertation and to my unofficial mentor who pushed me through to the end, Thank you. Finally to the friends in the class and outside; thank you for your friendships, without which, I would not have been able to complete these levels. My best wishes to you all in your future endeavours.

Fathima Amna Zaman

The Overall Best Performer Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching

The Pearson BTEC Professional Diplomas in Teaching and Advanced Teaching are broad-based. As such, they enable the students to develop knowledge of teaching across a wide range of areas. The complete training I received through the Diploma courses helped me to develop my skills as a professional and as an individual.

My period of studies at the Gateway Graduate School (GGS) was instrumental in me developing a positive outlook towards the teaching profession. Although initially I was circumspect about my decision to pursue a career in teaching, when I started working together with my friends and tutors I realised how important this profession is. I took to teaching as a way to satisfy my need to be of service to others. Teaching children is not a burden or a stress for me anymore since the training I received at the Gateway Graduate School has taught me many ways to make teaching a very interesting process.

Personally, the programme of studies has aided me to develop a new perspective towards life. For example, from a psychological point of view, it has become easier for me to face and overcome fears and challenges. When I look back to the day I started the course, I see a vast difference in myself.

I am always grateful to my family, the lecture panel, the management of GGS, the minor staff of GGS and my colleagues for the support they have given throughout the last two years. Without your continuous support I would never be able to achieve such an honour.

Saleemdeen Fathima Hafsa

The Overall Best Performer Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching

When I started my teaching career, with mere subject knowledge and conventional teaching strategies I felt the need to enhance my knowledge and skills. As I was searching for a professional teaching qualification, I was elated that Gateway Graduate School offered a “Professional Diploma in Teaching”. This was the stepping stone of my career development process.

I gained a comprehensive idea about the pedagogy through this Diploma. The modules delivered by the experienced panel of lecturers enhanced my knowledge on effective teaching learning strategies. The assessments, presentations, reports, journals and portfolios were highly productive in transforming me into an independent learner. The Level 4 Diploma at the GGS molded me into a confident teacher.

After the successful completion of Level 4, I decided to follow the Advanced Diploma in Professional Teaching at GGS Kandy. The period of study was indeed an ocean of knowledge. The curriculum of this programme gave me the opportunity to learn complex theories and understand the psychological, ethical and professional contexts of education. Conducting an action research and creating a curriculum were two key opportunities that obtained. I wish to extend my gratitude to GGS and my dedicated lecturers who motivated me all the way and to my beloved parents and family for encouraging me towards achieving success. And to the school I am employed and my dear students who supported me in my teaching endeavors.

Shazna Hameed

The Overall Best Performer Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching

When I started off my career in teaching, little did I think that I would be pursuing an MA in Education offered by one of the best universities in the world, all in the comfort of my country. This was made possible by the Gateway Graduate School (GGS), which facilitated my path from a Diploma in teaching to an MA in Education offered by the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. I am indeed grateful to GGS for opening doors of opportunity for all teachers to further themselves in terms of professional development, for establishing collaboration through many workshops and conferences and for giving prominence to a field many consider less in our sociocultural context.

GGS has transformed me into an enthusiastic and passionate teacher, a teacher with a positive attitude towards professional development, a teacher willing to tap into hidden potential. I am forever grateful for the supportive environment at GGS created by my lecturers who guided me through every step of the way. Every single one of them was a source of great motivation and they provided constructive feedback which kept me vying to do my best. To my family, for being there with me, patiently and silently supporting me and encouraging me, I am truly grateful. Thank you!


Convocation 2017