The meeting of Department Industry Consultative Board (DCIB) was held on 24th June at 3.00 pm at the board room of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa. Industry specialists representing a wide variety of industries including Holcim, Glaxo Smith Kline and Ceylon Tobacco Company participated in the meeting, along with the academic staff members of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.
The objectives of this meeting was to improve the network between university and the industry, and to identify the improvements which can be done in curriculum and educational system so that our graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and skills required for the industry. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Shantha Walpalage and contained six sessions on curriculum, Quality Assurance Program, industrial training, research projects and university-industry collaboration. Industry specialists made number of suggestions such as case study type assignments, introduce quality assurance as an elective subject and adopting a 360 degree lecturer feedback system. The importance of improving the networking among alumni members was also emphasized.
In a nutshell, DCIB meeting was a fruitful step in the journey towards improving the collaboration between department and the industry, and sharpening the skills and knowledge of our graduates to suit the requirements in the industry.