Australia has become one of the most popular study destinations in the world during the past decade or so. Many students from around the world come to Australia to pursue higher education in numerous disciplines. Out of many prestigious Australian Universities, Deakin University has gained much popularity among international students due to its reputation second to none. The innovative culture, cutting edge technologies and world class facilities make the University a preferred choice. Deakin University was among the top 1% of global universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2018. It was also given the five-star ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) which is a prestigious university ranking organization. With numerous active global partnerships, Deakin University connects academia with industries, governments, research institutes and NGO’s. The university caters to over 60,000 students worldwide via global offices in six countries.
Deakin University is equipped with four campuses in three locations, plus an online cloud campus. Students could follow classes / seminars and connect with academia and other students online, via the cloud campus. The Melbourne Burwood campus, being the largest campus of Deakin stands out with its modern architectural design. With a student population over 30,000, the campus consists of professional motion capture facilities, professional television studios, food nutrition labs of international standards and a robotics laboratory. The Geelong Waurn Ponds campus, the second largest, homes the Medical school and regional community health hub, the center for advanced design in engineering training and the institute for frontier materials, carbon nexus and other research centers of the Geelong future economy project. The headquarters of Deakin University, the Geelong Waterfront campus carries a unique identity with the 19th century ancient buildings being transformed into forward-looking learning spaces. Purpose-built architecture and creative art studios, moot law courts and occupational therapy labs are some of such learning spaces making the campus iconic. A much homely feeling could be experienced at the Warrnambool campus that is closer to surf beaches. The students and lecturers get to know each other better and work much closely as the community there is a close-knit one.
The Deakin University – RIC partnership
Prior to being transferred to Deakin University in completing degree programmes, students in Sri Lanka could commence their studies at the Royal Institute of Colombo. Out of the key study areas at Deakin, Engineering, Environment and Science degrees are being offered by RIC. The highly qualified, experienced and dedicated academic staff of RIC have been strengthening their partnership with Deakin University for the past 8 years. The significant growth of this partnership has opened up invaluable avenues to students in their studies as well as careers. Students following degrees in science and environment study at RIC in their first year before being transferred to Deakin for 2 years in completing the degree. Engineering students study the first 2 years at RIC and the third and final years at Deakin. Students who require further preparation prior to commencing degree programmes are directed to a Deakin approved six-month foundation programme at RIC, ensuring a smooth transfer to the degree programme. Deakin University affirms that students who are being transferred from RIC are very well equipped with the knowledge and skills required to continue their studies there. The value created by RIC from the point of admission, through the entire learning experience is a key factor leading to high graduate employability outcomes. Via the scholarship schemes offered by Deakin University for RIC students for exceptional academic and overall performance, free waivers could be obtained on the stu
dent contribution (tuition fees). Shalani Perera, an undergraduate student in biomedical science and a past pupil of Visakha Vidyalaya endorses the aforementioned, through her own experience; “RIC was one of my best decisions. They provided us a well-qualified lecture panel with the finest laboratory facilities. This helped me to complete my first year of the degree program successfully with a STEM scholarship. I was more relaxed in my second year at Deakin University thanks to the knowledge, skills and experience gained at RIC. I highly recommend RIC as one of the best places to take your next step in higher education”. Being a pioneer in the higher education sector in Sri Lanka, RIC is undoubtedly the best place to lay the foundation for your aspiration in becoming a winner in the global arena.