A team of three academics and administrators; Prof. Raj Mehta (Vice Provost/International Affairs), Professor Lisa Holstrom ( Senior Assistant Dean/ College of Arts and Sciences) and Prof. G. A. Vamadeva ( Associate Professor of Mathematics) from University of Cincinnati, USA visited the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon on 11th October 2016 and renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreed upon between the two institute six years ago making it more productive and attractive to both the institutes.
Under the renewed MOU, the students enrolled in to the Graduateship Program in Chemistry (GIC) at the College of Chemical Sciences(CCS), finds even a better opportunity than it was before for entering into the B.Sc. degree program majoring in Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, USA after two years of study at CCS. The students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 scale during the first two years at the CCS are eligible to enter into this (2+2) split degree program which awards a US degree certificate provided that, they posses a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 79 and a minimum score of 15 in each section or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum of 5.5 in each section. The credits earned in all courses in chemistry and related areas at the CCS during the first two years are transferred to the University of Cincinnati and the students thereafter need to follow only the remaining required courses in the next two years at the University of Cincinnati . This program makes the CCS students to earn a US degree program majoring in CHEMISTRY in less than half the cost than those spending four years at the University of Cincinnati or any other US university to earn the same degree. Further, all these graduates given opportunities for employments in state or private sectors in USA for the next three years after graduation and opportunities to enter into post graduate degree programs in US and other foreign universities.
In addition the CCS awards a “diploma” for the transfer students for the studies completed in the first two at CCS. The qualified students if posses a GPA of 3.25 from CCS at the entry stage into( 2+2 )split degree program are eligible to receive a annual minimum GLOBAL SCHOLARSHIP of US$ 7000/= and this scholarship can reach a maximum annual value of US$ 15,000/= if they posses a cumulative GPA of 3.9 over the first two years of studies at CCS at the point of admission to the split degree program.
Among the many opportunities provided to academic staff of both institutes; provisions for collaborations in research and training programs, engaging in consulting services and evaluation programs opening through both institutes , conducting joint lecture courses to degree programs in both institutes , exchanging of materials, articles and publications, joint sponsorships for conferences and joint publications can be highlighted as more directly beneficial features to academics of the College of Chemical Sciences under the new MOU.
More information can be obtained through,
Program Coordinator & Professor in Chemistry,
College of Chemical Sciences,
Institute of Chemistry Ceylon
341/22 , Kotte Road, Welikada ,Rajagiriya.
Tel (off.) 011 2861653 Ext 212
Tel (mob.) 0714490312.