The meeting of Department Industry Consultative Board (DICB) was held on 29th September at 3.00 pm in the board room of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa. Industry specialists representing a wide variety of industries including Hayleys, Glaxo Smith Kline, JAT Holdings, Phoenix, Ceylon Biscuits Limited, IFS, Holcim and Tritech Engineers participated in the meeting, along with a staff member of the Training Division and the academic staff members of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. Few training students also participated.
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 the areas; curriculum, training, industrial collaborations and learning environment so that our graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and skills required for the industry. The meeting was chaired by Dr. P. G. Rathnasiri and contained four sessions on the above areas. Industry specialists made a number of suggestions such as the importance of having a preparatory week before training, delivering industrial services by the department and improving the networking among alumni members. They also gave their insight on the management core modules to be prioritized.
In short, DICB meeting was a productive step in the journey towards improving the collaboration between the department and the industry, and enhancing the skills and knowledge of our graduates to suit the requirements in the industry.