2015 Royal Institute of Colombo Convocation Ceremony

Lasantha De Silva reports on RIC's seventeenth Convocation Ceremony
2015 Royal Institute of Colombo Convocation Ceremony
Graduates at the 2015 Royal Institute of Colombo Convocation Ceremony
The outstanding performances of our students this year, producing graduates with seven First Class and 118 Second Class Honours classifications, are a manifestation of our excellent track record maintained over the years

The seventeenth Annual Convocation Ceremony of Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC) was held at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on Thursday, 26 February 2015 with the participation of proud graduates, parents and their well-wishers. The Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive  of University of London International Programmes, Dr Mary Stiasny, graced the event as the Chief Guest and academics from the University of London International Programmes and RIC were present to witness the event where the participants exceeded over 1,700.

In this year’s convocation, RIC proudly presented 85 students graduating with their LLB degree, 69 students receiving their BSc degrees in over 10 specialisations, and 85 and 107 students receiving their Diplomas in Economics and Social Sciences and Diploma in Law respectively.

Founded in 1836 and one of the largest universities in the UK, the University of London was the pioneering institution to offer degrees at a distance under its International Programmes. This prestigious University has produced over 100,000 graduates worldwide and its former students and alumni include great personalities such as Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Her Excellency Luisa Diogo, the former Prime Minister of Mozambique; Ronald Coase, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics; and Judge Christopher Weeramantry, the former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice.

RIC is an education institution found in the early 1970s with the intention of contributing towards the Sri Lankan community in international education, not limited to primary but also in secondary and tertiary levels. Offering tertiary education and contributing to the country’s youth from the early 1980s, RIC has well established its name in the education field of Sri Lanka. Currently serving the second generation of its student population, RIC pioneered a unique collaboration with the University of London in 1990, offering degrees in the fields of Economics, Mathematics, Management, Accounting and Finance, International Relations, Social Sciences and Law. Over 1,500 RIC graduates, in diverse streams, have excelled to different heights both nationally and internationally.

"The teaching-learning process at RIC has several unique features that help our students reach these heights of academic excellence."

The Chairman/Managing Director of Royal Institute Mr G.T. Bandara stated, “The teaching-learning process at RIC has several unique features that help our students reach these heights of academic excellence. The outstanding performances of our students this year, producing graduates with seven First Class and 118 Second Class Honours classifications, are a manifestation of our excellent track record maintained over the years.”

Mr Bandara continued, “If our intent is to serve others without self-concern, we are inwardly rewarded with internal security and an abundance mentality”.

The President of RIC, Professor Sarath Amunugama, commented, “Obtaining a degree marks the end of your career as an undergraduate but it is also the beginning of another pathway towards further education, towards employment or towards your own entrepreneurial ventures.”

The Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive of University of London International Programmes, Dr Mary Stiasny remarked, “A degree from the University of London is a mark of excellence, respected by employers and universities worldwide. The integrity of a University of London degree is underpinned by the outstanding teaching and research of its Colleges”.

Mr John Ferrá, Deputy Director, LSE Office for the University of London International Programmes, noted during his visit that “RIC is the second largest provider for University of London International Programmes at LSE. This year, two students with the best academic achievements will be awarded a fully paid scholarship to participate in the Summer School Programme at LSE which is exclusively available for RIC students.”

2015 RIC Convocation CeremonyMr Simon Askey, Director and Head of Programme (pictured left), Undergraduate Laws Programme, commented, “During the past three years there is a distinct increase of the pass rates in the Diploma of Law at RIC which is well above the global pass rate.”

According to the Director Higher Studies, Mr Lasantha De Silva, “In tertiary education, student’s initiation and commitment together with the responsibility they take will define their performances, of course, with the guidance of the lecturers and tutors. A fact that differentiates tertiary education from other levels is that the reading habit of students determines the learning percentage, and at RIC, the environment is created to inculcate such habits.”

Mr. De Silva further added, “Our lecture panel consists of experts in their own subject areas who are qualified and possess experience in related fields. It is evident that the expertise and the experiences brought in by the lecturers to the classroom enable the students to better understand the theoretical aspects of the subjects as the students are demonstrated the application of the same. Simultaneously, the guest lectures we organise inviting the experts in the fields provide up-to-date information to our students on real-time issues in practice, market behaviours and job prospects.”

RIC constantly motivates students who strive to achieve the best. Thus RIC offer Scholarships to High Achievers at A/Ls, at entrance. Students who have 3 A*s at London A/Ls or 4 A’s at Local A/Ls are awarded up to 100% scholarships for their 1st Year of studies. Simultaneously the students who obtain Distinctions in the First Year examination (Diploma in Law/ Economics/ Social Sciences) receive a ‘High Achievers’ Scholarship’ for their 2nd and 3rd years of studies. RIC’s aim in giving these scholarships is to motivate students to achieve Distinctions in the 1st year examination and to obtain First Class Honours.