International study exchange reaps benefits

Innovative exchange programme enables eight LLB students from Sri Lanka and Malaysia to learn more about overseas legal systems
The eight Summer School participants with Mark Hertlein from the University of L
Exchange participants pictured with Mark Hertlein from the the University of London International Programmes
It's one thing to read about other jurisdictions through a book, and something else entirely when presented with an opportunity to experience it ourselves personally

Witnessing proceedings in foreign courts, speaking to high ranking judges, and meeting students from other countries were among the highlights for Bachelor of Laws (LLB) students participating in a Summer Camp exchange programme.

Eight LLB students from Malaysia and Sri Lanka took part in the summer camp, the first exchange programme to be organised by teaching institutions for the University of London International Programmes.

During the first two weeks of the programme, three LLB students from Crescendo International College in Malaysia – Nithiya Tambe Raja, Alan Lim and Hilmy Safiq Johari – travelled to Colombo where students and staff from Horizon Campus showed them how the political and legal systems function.

Sri Lankan summer camp studentsSri Lankan students Shashini Wickramasekara, Dilki Punchihewa, Nuwandi Panagoda, Nadia Ousmand and Amaya Karunarathna (pictured in Malaysia with Horizon staff members Ruwan Perera and Lalani Paranawithana) then visited Malaysia for two weeks where they were hosted by Crescendo.

Sri Lankan participant Dilki Punchihewa said she loved visiting the parliaments, supreme courts and high courts of Malaysia and Singapore and learning about the culture, customs, traditions and history of Malaysia.

Dilki said: “Personally, I believe to be a lawyer I should not only have knowledge of theory but also be able to stand on my feet, be independent with proper communicative skills, as well as have an overall knowledge about the field. And this summer camp definitely helped me in polishing those skills.”

"I'm very grateful to the University of London for having organised this summer camp programme which has allowed us to explore outside our own countries and learn about the jurisdictions of law in other countries."

Malaysia’s Nithiya Tambe Raja described the summer camp as the “opportunity of a lifetime” and said she especially enjoyed visiting the Sri Lankan Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and speaking to two Appeal Court judges.

Nithiya Tambe Raja with fellow students Alan Lim and Hilmy Safiq Johari. Nithiya (pictured right with fellow participants Alan Lim and Hilmy Safiq Johari) said: “It was a wonderful experience meeting the Judges and speaking to them. I'm very grateful to the University of London for having organised this summer camp programme which has allowed us to explore outside our own countries and learn about the jurisdictions of law in other countries. It's one thing to read about other jurisdictions through a book, and something else entirely when presented with an opportunity to experience it ourselves personally.”

At the end of the four weeks the participants did two presentations. One on the criminal justice systems of the UK, Malaysia and Sri Lanka and another one comparing the death penalty in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and UK.

"The experiences I got over these four weeks cannot be summarized in just a few words. It will take years to share the experiences."

Dilki said: “The experiences I got over these four weeks cannot be summarized in just a few words. It will take years to share the experiences. And I feel so lucky to get this opportunity. This summer camp was the root for friendship that will definitely bear flowers in future.”

The summer camp was one of the three projects that were funded under the Global Network Development Grant scheme, a new initiative launched by the University this year.

The purpose of the grants is to support teaching institutions to work collaboratively to develop and deliver projects that strengthen both the individual institution and the global network of institutions as a whole.

Mark Hertlein, Senior Manager, Institutions and Global Development, at the University of London International Programmes, said the summer camp was a great example of how students and institutions could benefit from the University’s global network of institutions.

He said: “The summer camp was an excellent initiative. Not only did it provide those participating students with an interesting and rewarding learning experience, it also helped the two participating institutions to establish a close relationship which we hope will lead to the development of other mutually beneficial arrangements.”

Horizon Campus said it hoped to build on the summer camp experience and develop further ties with international institutions, so that more students have the opportunity to participate in similar study-transfer programmes.

The University of London International Programmes plans to offer further grants in 2014.

  • The University of London International Programmes has a network of 138 teaching institutions within its Teaching Institution Recognition Framework. Learn more about teaching institutions.
  • Crescendo International College is a Registered Centre for the University of London International Programmes.
  • Horizon Campus has commenced the process for becoming a Registered Centre  for the University of London International Programmes.
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