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University of Nottingham pioneers in offering postgraduate Education programme in Sri Lanka

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has become the first global university to offer MA in Education in Sri Lanka. 

The first cohort of students started their first module in April at the Gateway Graduate School in Colombo. Gateway is UNMC's partner in Sri Lanka following a MoU that signed by Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of UNMC and Dr Harsha Alles, Chairman of Gateway Graduate School in 2014.

Assistant Professor Dr Maria Kaparou, an expert in educational leadership and management, kicked off the programme with a module in Leading Learning, which focusses on the contribution of instructional leadership practices for improvement in schools. The module also also serves as professional development for teachers.

At UNMC, the MA in Education has been offered since 2013 to students from this region and beyond, with its graduates employed by leading education institutions worldwide.

Dr Kaparou pointed out that the success of the programme lies in the research-driven sessions drawn from a wide range of educational contexts for insightful discussions.

“The feedback received by our students captured the strengths of the module, while its thought provoking nature encouraged more students’ interactions.”

The programme administrator for the MA Education at UNMC, Lucy Bailey, said, “It was pleasure to travel to Sri Lanka to work with these students. Many of the students are already in educational leadership positions and they had a lot to share with us about education in their nations. They were very enthusiastic about their studies, and it was a privilege to work with them.”

Lecturers from UNMC will continue to deliver lectures in Sri Lanka to ensure that the students will benefit from Nottingham's global education experience. This programme is offered annually during the Sri Lankan school holidays in April and August, with new intake enrolments taking place each December.

In April of 2015, UNMC and the Gateway Graduate School signed another MOU to enable students to start the first year of their Psychology and Management  degree in Sri Lanka, with the option of finishing the degree at UNMC.

The School of Education at UNMC provides an exciting and rewarding learning experience with a global view. Committed to providing quality education to students from around the world, the School is a leading centres for research in education and actively contributes to the improvement of social justice and equality in education in the society.

UNMC's 15th Anniversary

One of the world's truly global universities, with campuses in Malaysia, the UK and China, 2015 marks the 15th year since setting up as UK's first full-fledged international campus in Malaysia and all three campuses continue to enrich the lives of students across the world through global education, ground-breaking research and community engagement.

Image caption for thumbnail: Dr Kaparou and Dr Bailey (both seated in the front row) with their students in Sri Lanka.


For more information, please contact Dr Lucy Bailey on or Josephine Dionisappu, PR & Communications Manager, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus on,+6(03) 8924 8746.

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the THE Awards 2014It is ranked in the world’s top one per cent of universities by the QS World University Rankings, and 8th in the UK by research power according to REF 2014.


The  University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) is holding events throughout 2015 to celebrate 15 years as a pioneer of transnational education. Based in Semenyih, UNMC was established as the UK's first overseas campus in Malaysia and one of the first world-wide.

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Posted on 12th May 2015

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