The Inaugural International Forum for Students (IFS) inspires and empowers Sri Lankan Students

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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.

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Begin your Aviation and Aerospace Degree from Embry-Riddle while you pursue your ALs in Sri Lanka

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For the first time ever, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which is the world’s largest and most-respected university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is launching its innovative Dual Enrollment Program outside of the US. This significant step is initiated in Sri Lanka through Embry-Riddle’s partnership with Gateway Graduate School, the higher education and professional development arm of the Gateway Group. The Dual Enrollment Program will enable Sri Lankan students pursuing their UK or local A/Ls or those who have just finished their A/Ls to complete almost the first year of their undergraduate degree qualification of the prestigious US University in cutting-edge fields that define the future of the world. As such, at an early stage in their lives, the students will have the opportunity to embark on a career that will lead up to the top seat of aviation and aerospace industries in areas including aviation management, engineering and piloting.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle has been at the forefront of ground-breaking aeronautical milestones since the early days of flight. The university’s collaborators in training and research include NASA and the US military. At present, there are over 30,000 students at Embry-Riddle pursuing accredited degree programs at associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. The university has three campuses: Florida, Arizona and Singapore.

The Dual Enrollment Program

The Embry-Riddle Dual Enrollment Program provides a unique opportunity to the students who are doing their UK or local A/Ls or those who have recently completed their A/Ls to earn University credits worth 80% of their first year’s degree studies in a flexible manner. The program is delivered online with the support of a few workshops in Sri Lanka by the academic staff of Embry-Riddle. Additional tutorial support will be provided by Gateway Graduate School. Upon the successful completion of the program, the participants will be able to transfer to degree pathways in innovative fields such as Aeronautics and Unmanned Systems, Aeronautical Science and Piloting, Aviation Management and Engineering. Given that the Dual Enrollment Program is based on the North American credit framework, the students can progress on to either Embry-Riddle’s campuses in the US/Singapore or to a range of other universities in the US, Canada and Australia.

The Key Benefits for Sri Lankan Students

Sri Lankan students benefit in a number of ways by pursuing the Dual Enrollment Program: a wide array of degree pathways and international transfer opportunities upon successful completion, exposure towards practical aspects of aviation and aerospace studies during the workshops conducted in Sri Lanka by Embry-Riddle’s academic staff, saving almost one year’s time of higher education studies, and financial benefits as the students can earn up to 24 Credits of a typical US degree program at a fraction of the cost in Sri Lanka. In addition to these benefits, the Dual Enrolment Program accommodates the important need for flexibility in that the courses/modules of the program can be completed at the students’ own pace. For instance, the students who pursue the program in parallel to their A/Ls or any other course can take breaks in their studies when there are school or public examinations. At the same time, the students can increase their courses/modules during their holidays.

Official launch

An official launch of the Dual Enrollment Program in Sri Lanka will take place on 19th January 2018 at the Kingsbury Hotel. Dr. Graham Hunt, the Vice-Chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Asia Campus and Ms. Krishti Chatterjee, Director of Embry-Riddle Asia Campus will participate at the event to provide further details.

Please call Rushika / Imeshi on 0772256356/ 2695103/ 2695107 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information as well as to register for the launch.

Contact Details

Head Office

  • No 01 , 36th Lane
    (Opposite Devi Balika Vidyalaya),
    Colombo 08.
    Telephone: +94112695103, +94112695107
    Contact Person/s:
    Rushika de Silva, Imeshi Kandumulla

Kandy Branch

  • No- 496, Peradeniya Road,
    Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Telephone: +94812203377