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Subject:

Consultant for Curriculum revision in Statistics (University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka)

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"david schley (IAH-P)" <[log in to unmask]>

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david schley (IAH-P)

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Tue, 7 Jul 2009 14:04:51 +0100

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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka is currently revising its curriculum, as part of a broader project aimed at updating the undergraduate science programme there and making it more relevant to employers.  I went to Jaffna and carried out the review for the Mathematics curriculum in 2007, and the department is now seeking an advisor to do the same for the statistics curriculum. Ideally they would like a consultant to visit the university for 3-4  weeks to review everything in the department, from the structure of the degree to the syllabus content of each unit, and then provide a report.  Given the current situation in Sri Lanka, however, they appreciate that people may not want to visit at present (although I understand that Jaffna is quite safe), and alternatively would be willing to pay for a consultant to train one their staff for approximately one month in the UK in order that they could carry out this task: this latter option is clearly the less desirable one but a pragmatic proposal.

The full terms of reference for the two options can be obtained from the project Co-ordinator Dr R Vigneswaren ([log in to unmask]): the approximate rates for the work are 4,300 consultancy fee, for a visit, review and report; or 2,000 plus 300 bench fees for one month's training in the UK.  This programme is funded through a World Bank grant which imposes very strict deadlines, and a consultant therefore needs to be appointed by the end of August.

I am not involved in this project but have offered to assist the department in trying to find a suitable statistics consultant willing to undertake the project.  I have to admit I found it no small amount of work and the financial rewards are not huge (but should be seen in the context of a country where a senior lecturer is lucky to earn 2K p.a.) but I would urge you to consider doing this as it would be a hug support for people working very hard in trying circumstances.  I certainly felt humbled during my time in Jaffna by the dedication and commitment of some of the senior staff there, working for their community.

I visited Jaffna in autumn 2007, when the situation was arguably much worse than it is now, but had previously worked there for two years so knew what to expect.  If you would like any more information about Jaffna and Sri Lanka, the university or department, please feel free to contact me for an informal discussion.  Thank you.

Best wishes, David Schley

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