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Undergraduates registering for the Engineering degree will commence the degree at RIC for the first two years of study and will transfer to the Deakin University, Australia for the final two years. The final two years in Deakin will give students more exposure to professional engineering practices while the former two years in Sri Lanka will give more focus to the theoretical and academic knowledge of the discipline. In the final year, students will get the opportunity to work as interns in industries; an opportunity which will undoubtedly enhance the graduates’ capacity to find employment in Australia.
Deakin University Engineering degrees are aimed at creating employable graduates who can fulfill the needs of the industry. The newly proposed approach, project-oriented design based learning (PODBL) is applicable to motivate the students and also to teach engineering science in classrooms to get more practical experience that fulfill the industry needs. Project-oriented design based learning is set to have a positive effect on student content knowledge and the development of skills such as innovation and creativity which increases their motivation and engagement. It is an interesting research work to develop a framework and implement a PODBL approach in meaningful ways.
Deakin offers world class courses in a variety of science study areas. Through the RIC pathway programme, students who intend to pursue a Science degree will complete one year of study at RIC and transfer to Deakin University, Australia to complete the second and third year of study. Students who excel in their studies may go on to complete a Honours year at Deakin.
As a Deakin science student you’ll gain experience through innovative practical programmes, including professional practice units, designed to develop the skills employers highly value and it prepares you for real-life settings. The Work-Integrated Learning Programme will enable students to incorporate a full or part-time industry placement that is credited towards the degree.
Through the pathway programme at RIC, students can complete bachelors degrees at Deakin University in the following areas.
Students who have not obtained specified grades after sitting for the Advanced Level (9 points in Sri Lankan National A/Levels or 6 points in UK A/Levels), can pursue the degree after completing either Foundation I (Engineering – 6 months) or Foundation II (Science/Environment – 6 months). Those who have sat for A/Ls through Technology Stream can also enter the degree programme after completion of the relevant foundation programme.
Royal Institute of Colombo – the only Affiliate Center in Sri Lanka for University of London – produced 24 BSc First Class graduates in 2016/17 academic year.