Preparing our graduates for success on a global scale
Presented by Dr. Chinthaka Balasooriya
Scientia Education Fellow, SPHCM, UNSW Medicine
The world is changing. We know that the needs of the future could be radically different, but we don’t know how different they will be. Higher education faces an enormous challenge. How do we anticipate these needs and prepare our graduates for this uncertain future?
We have options. What could help us to make the best choices? Could collaborative approaches – between institutions, between disciplines and between students and teachers – be a crucial part of the answer? Should we place an increased emphasis on professional skills such as critical thinking, decision-making, communication and teamwork, so that we prepare graduates who can adapt to a range of contexts? How could we best help students develop such skills?
Join us for a discussion around these important issues that will shape our future. We will explore examples from a range of disciplines and discuss what would define success.
You are invited to continue the discussion over drinks and nibbles
Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya MBBS, PhD, FANZAHPE
Chinthaka is an inspirational educator whose expertise has been recognised at the highest levels. He has received the Faculty of Medicine Teaching Excellence Award (2008), the Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence (2012), an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (2011) and a UNSW ARC Postgraduate Council Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision (2015). His contributions to the scholarship of learning and teaching has been recognised through a Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Education (ANZAHPE).
Chinthaka has a background in Medicine and a PhD in Medical Education. His experience extends across the UNSW Medicine program to Higher Degrees by Research programs and Postgraduate Coursework programs.
Chinthaka leads a range of research projects in medical education and higher education. He has supervised and led research projects that have led to the design of a range of educational instruments. He currently leads a project funded by a Strategic Learning and Teaching Fund to develop and evaluate a process for Formative Peer Review of Teaching at UNSW.
Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus