The Department of Educational Leadership and Management at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) will be declared open today.
The Department is established as the fourth department of The Faculty of Education which was established at OUSL in 2003.
At present, the Faculty of Education consists of three Departments: Secondary and Tertiary Education, Early Childhood and Primary Education and Special Needs Education.In the Sri Lankan University system, this is the first department that will teach Educational Leadership and Management and in the Open and Distance learning which is a landmark in the history of
education in Sri Lanka.
The Department of Leadership and Management will be ceremonially declared open in the presence of the chairman of the UGC, Dr. Sampath Amaratunga and the Vice Chancellor of OUSL, Professor S. A. Ariadurai. Professor Prasad Setunge of the Faculty of Education, University of Peradeniya, will be the guest speaker.
The main objective of the new department will be to strengthen the structure of educational management in Sri Lanka, through the development of management skills of Principals, Directors of Education, and educationalists at various levels in the colleges of Teacher Training and in the National Colleges of Education. The Department of Leadership and Management will offer the Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Management and school-based management programmes based on the Open and Distance Learning Method of Education, with a variety of learning techniques.