National forum on Continuing Professional Development

NFCPD 2017 Academics, researchers and experts involved in promoting Continuing Professional Development in Higher Education in Sri Lanka gathered on the 2nd and 3rd of March at the National Forum on Continuous Professional Development 2017 organized by the Staff Development Centre, University of Kelaniya The National Forum on Continuous Professional Development 2017, the first ever to be organized by a Staff Development Centre of a state university received tremendous response from academics and other stakeholders.

The forum was the first of its kind to be organized by a university and brought together researchers, experts in the private and public sectors and policy makers in the field to share their experience and expertise on staff development and to create a dialogue on CPD. The theme of the forum was “ CPD: A challenging opportunity’. The sub themes of the forum were: Continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers in higher education in the current context.

The role of CPD as a performance assessment, an appraisal system and a reward scheme for teachers in higher education. Technology for CPD to enhance the flexibility of delivery and user interest. The forum was organized with the aim of enhancing awareness on the importance of continuous professional development in academia. CPD is widely recognized as fundamental to the development of standards and skills of individuals, to take appropriate actions by individuals to reach a higher level in their respective career. The forum focused attention on CPD as a process that enhances professionalism of an academic through continuous development that will pave the way to become an efficient teacher, researcher, an administrator and a practitioner contributing towards institutional and national development. It also showcased best practices from several universities and inspired a much needed dialogue on CPD in its current context in higher education. The forum provided a great opportunity, for the first time, for practitioners, educators, teachers and researchers in the field to share the latest developments and best practices.

The Chief Guest of the forum was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya Prof. Sunanda Madduma Bandara. Deans of Faculties and other distinguished guests attended the inauguration of the forum. Dr. Susie J Schofield, Prof. lynn McAlpine were keynote speakers. Prof.Nilanthi De Silva, Prof.Marie E S Perera, Prof.Joseph Telfair, Dr. Rohantha Athukorala, Prof.Vajira Dissanayake, Dr. Gominda Ponnamperuma, Mr. Harshana Dassanayake, and Prof Ajith de Alwis were symposia speakers. The conference was held at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2017 .The main sponsor of the forum was Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL).

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