Collaborative learning program with the University of New England, Australia
Spectrum Institute of Science and Technology has a well-established reputation for conducting various collaborative learning programs for locals as well as international students at different academic levels in the developing field of science and technology.
At present SIST is facilitating 10 students and 2 mentors from the University of New England, Australia. The goal of this program is to provide an insight into the current Sri Lankan research and development projects along with exposure to the learning environment in Sri Lanka. The program has provided excellent ground for sharing experience and knowledge gained to be disseminated through different settings of the educational and research & development sectors, which can be shared internationally.
One of the highlighting sessions was the Journal Club session; conducted by the students of SIST. The students presented a research article on “Microbiome of the placenta in pre‐eclampsia supports the role of bacteria in the multifactorial cause of pre‐eclampsia”. This research was the first of its kind and was conducted in Sri Lanka. The group of presenters form SIST critically analyzed the journal, followed by an active discussion on the current trends in the field of molecular biology and microbiology.
The program was carried out over a period of two weeks. The group of students visited prestigious research institutes throughout Colombo, including The Human Genome Unit, University of Colombo and The Industrial Technological Institute, to gain insight into the current research projects conducted in Sri Lanka. The group of students from New England, Australia also gained hands-on experience on the novel molecular biology and microbiology techniques at the laboratories of SIST shortly prior to their departure.