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COVID19 has changed University education - Professor Sujeewa Amarasena

Senior Professor  Sujeewa Amarasena  (Vice chancellor University  of Ruhuna)
Senior Professor Sujeewa Amarasena (Vice chancellor University of Ruhuna)

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna Senior Professor Sujeewa Amarasena said that the COVID19 pandemic had changed the mode of University Education in Sri Lanka permanently. The Vice Chancellor shared his views with the media when asked about the impact COVID-19 had on future university education.

He said that the cost of higher education would be greatly reduced as most lecture theatre based courses would be shifted online and only the practical sessions and field trips would be conducted under supervision. Thus students could study in the safety and comfort of their own homes which would greatly reduce the cost of transport, board and lodging.

Professor Amarasena said that there had been plans to shift classroom based lectures on line for the past two decades without any success but the COVID19 pandemic has forced the shift. He also added that by offering courses online, the University could provide opportunities of higher education to more students.

On being asked about the mandatory 85% attendance the VC said that the engagement of students online could be monitored.


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