In Raffles we believed in both classroom and real world learning activities. Going outside to do the practical work will give you a new and fresh perspective while observing new things that able to enrich your knowledge. This field trip to Galle, is part of our photography class.
Akash Sunethkumara, Raffles Colombo visiting lecturer, a film maker and a coordinator of Raffles Film Making Certificate Course. Watch his interview with Chokolaate Magazine.
Raffles Colombo is the trendiest and modern design learning education spot in town. By being a part of the Raffles Education Corporation in Singapore, now Raffles Colombo offers internationally recognized Bachelor’s degree programmes in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Multimedia Design awarded by Raffles University Iskandar, Malaysia.
At Raffles, students experience the holistic skill based approach to design studies combined with skills development through various hands-on collaborations with industry partners from both local and international. Raffles has been in the operation since 2010, taking the pride of producing the best in class industry ready, globally recognized design professionals.
To upskill the standard of design education, Raffles Colombo equipped with fully fledge design studios, computer lab, state of the art facilities and internationally certified lecturer panel to provide the students premium education experience under one roof.
With the industry exposure from the second academic year, students are more focused to fit in with the industry, career focused to develop their designer lifestyle as a next generation designer with additional abilities to start their own business. This is the most important aspect of the Raffles journey. As a part of the programme spectrum, students will go through an internship programme which will bridge them to start their career in the industry. Also, opens up opportunities to take part in local and international events and competitions.
Design degree at Raffles Colombo is a three years programme with 2 exit points between, which covers the all the aspects of to become the next generation design professional and the global exposure is the added advantage which is only an international education brand can provide.
If you are a design enthusiast and thinking of starting the international design lifestyle, Raffles Colombo is a must visit place. Having intakes in the months of January, April, July and October for all the design programmes, Raffles will guide you to start your design journey step by step until you become the next generation design professional.
The premier private education provider, Raffles Education Corporation is once again in the spotlight opening avenues for aspiring young individuals. Launching the Business Administration program, Raffles Sri Lanka is now giving students the opportunity to explore creativity and business under one roof.
The business program at Raffles intends on producing professionals capable of administering social and ethical responsibilities, analytical skills, competitiveness and entrepreneurship in business. In addition to coaching students to develop creative and critical problem solving skills necessary to be effective business leaders and executives, the program also aims to nurture students to become confident and coherent future leaders.
“The business education program at Raffles College of Design and Business (RCDB) focuses on the practical aspects of business science. Students will not only learn to see business from a theoretical and research perspective but also the reality in the market and how to achieve the desired business goals. Elements of creativity and analytical thinking will play a major role in the learning process at Raffles,” said Johannes Silaban, College Director for Raffles College of Design and Business.
The business program can be followed in the form of a Diploma or an advanced diploma with the Raffles College of Higher Education being the awarding body. The diploma focusing on business studies functions as an introductory program to prepare students for entry into Advanced Diplomas in business specializations and can be completed in a span of 6 months. The Advanced Diploma spanning a period of 12 months offers diplomas in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Operations, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Supply Chain and Logistic Operations and Marketing.
“Our course has more pragmatic elements than theoretical elements and we believe in that if there’s a will there is always a way and the willpower comes from confidence. Raffles College of Design and Business works towards helping students develop these skills,” said Sajith Gaffoor, the Business Program Coordinator.
Having intakes in the months of January, April, July and October for both, the Diploma and Advanced Diploma, RCDB is giving students the opportunity to thrive in the field of business by beginning their journey at Raffles. Growing to operate in 25 colleges and universities in 23 cities across 13 countries in Asia – Pacific, Middle East and Europe, students are given the convenience of completing subjects in different countries where the same programs are taught.
Being a premier private education provider that promises to embrace a holistic education through the advancement of superior thinking processes, the deftness of communication and the procurement of thorough and effective work methods
Raffles College of Design and Business continues to stand out by creating an environment where students grow to create a name for themselves in their desired careers with more than just the academic values that they learn at RCDB. The launch of the Business Program in Sri Lanka is the beginning of a new venture for RCBD to yet again create a successful future for students who strive to be great business leaders.
Saviskara Graduation Exhibition, presented by Raffles College of Design and Business will be held on the Friday, 20th of July 2018, from 6 pm onwards at Ramada Colombo, Sri Lanka. Along with the graduation there will be an exciting Fashion Show with a glamorous collection of more than 100 outfits show by the top models in Sri Lanka.
‘An Exhibition of Talent‘– Saviskara intends to showcase the works of upcoming designers presenting their creativity, professionalism and insight in their respective fields. This years graduating cohort consist of 32 students from respective areas of Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Marketing and Interior Design, hoping to captivate you with their ideas and views in the creative industry as well as with their portfolios and installations.
Raffles Education group which was founded in 1990 by Chew Hua Seng started its first campus in Singapore and gradually developed and managed to Open 25 colleges across 13 countries in Asia and Europe and is now known as the largest education provider in the region.
Raffles education Group Opened its branch in Colombo in 2012 and offered Design related programmes and since then raffles Colombo managed to produce its graduates in the design industry and recently Raffles College of Design and Business headed forward with the step of entering to the business industry and now Raffles College of Design and Business is offering business related programmes with the vision of producing graduates who are can captivate the upcoming needs of the business industry.
This graduation is supported by Steph Clicks, HNB, KISS FM, Samrose Holding, MAS Intimate, Philip Weeraratne Architect, FCCISL.
Colombo, Sri Lanka – Raffles Education Corporation which was founded in Singapore in 1990 has spread across Asia, Europe and Australia to become the leading design education provider, by operating 24 colleges in 23 cities across 13 different countries.
The Colombo campus, which was established in 2010 as Raffles Design Institute was able to grow successfully by producing graduates in the areas of Fashion Design, Interior Design, Fashion Marketing, Visual communication and Digital Media Design, progressively creating a prestigious position in the education industry of Sri Lanka, especially in design.
Under the leadership of Mr. Chew Hua Seng as the Chairman of Raffles Education Coorporation, and Mr. Johannes Silaban as the College Director, Raffles Design Institute Colombo, from today will be known as Raffles College of Design and Business, commencing a new chapter with the introduction of business programmes to the existing curriculum. Raffles will operate as two different school (faculty). The design school and the business school.
Following the success of Raffles School of Business which was started in 1999 in Singapore, Raffles campus in Colombo is now starting the business programmes, offering a Diploma in Business Studies as the foundation and will lead students to the specialization areas of Marketing, Supply Chain and Logistic Operations, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Operations, and Tourism & Hospitality Management. The business programs is run on the based on 4 elements of process and characters, those are: Analytical, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurial. The delivery of the program will be heavy on the practical implementation part of how a business is running, this will open a Raffles student to a wide range job opportunities upon graduation, and all qualifications will be awarded by Raffles in Singapore.
The graduates with the qualifications from Raffles would set the standard for professionalism in their selected areas, when They enter the job environment. Raffles students learn from experienced industry professionals, gaining knowledge not only theoretically, but with invaluable hands on industry experience as well. Apart from the learning perspective Raffles is a place where students are encouraged to express themselves with numerous activities apart from academia, that enrich their overall campus experience. Raffles have many events where students interact, engage and have fun, focusing their skills into the organizing aspects of events and seeing their efforts come to fruition.
When Creativity Meets Business!
Raffles Design Institute, the pioneer of Education in Design, is starting up their new path of education in the field of business, the “Raffles School of Business Colombo”, an associated college of Raffles College of Higher Education (RCHE), Singapore under the wings of the largest private Education Provider in Asia Pacific “Raffles Education Corporation”, Singapore which was established in 1999. With the aim of boosting the Sri Lankan Private Education Sector in Business Studies, The Raffles School of Business Colombo focuses on 6 Month Diploma in Business Studies and upon completion of the first stage of Diploma, students will be eligible to proceed with 1 year Advanced Diploma in Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Operation, Supply Chain & Logistic Operations or Tourism and Hospitality Management. During your studies, Raffles provides you knowledge and skills to apply the management techniques and best real world practices to use immediately in your career path.
Business in 21st century is staying ahead of the pack as globalization and technology have made the market place very prone to competition yet creating many avenues for opportunities. Is that all? Well, the current market place is also about building relationships and creating rapport with every aspect of business operations and personals. This is one of the reasons why traditional methods are shifting to scientific methods in the business world because repeating the same thing over and over does not produce effective results rather thinking outside the box or perhaps changing the method of delivery does bring in effectiveness. ‘Think outside the box’ could be a cliché as it is used very often but what we have to know is before thinking outside the box we shall know what is already in the box. This will enhance the performance of a business process. It is evident that businesses require creativity and analytical skills to transform them from zero to millions, excelling in business.This is one of the utmostskills visionaries like Warren Buffett, Steve jobs and Richard Brandsonhave acquired throughout their respective lives as successful business magnets. Fundamentally speaking, most of the corporates have the luxury of technologies andpertinent processes in place but what they struggleto accumulate is innovation, creation and solution, this is why they rely on human capital, Which aids strategic game plan.
Entrepreneurship is not merely running a business; Entrepreneurship is capable to get something off the ground by taking calculated risks and facing challenges. Entrepreneurs go to bed troubleshooting and wake up to diagnose issues. To become an entrepreneur one has to think and live like an entrepreneur. Entrepreneur is not necessarilyabout being their own boss or self-employed ratherthey are fascinated about being a creator, investor and constant learner. This is why it takes commitment and thinking out loud ability to become an entrepreneur.
How Raffles differ? Raffles School of Business is synergy of design and business, which means we believe that the present business world requires creativity combined with analysis, which will manifest productive results. Businesses activities nowadays do not expect only hard work but they also expect smart work. We are merging creativity and technical knowledge into the codes of business elements such as Marketing and Sales, Consumer Behavior, Advertising and PR, Leadership, Planning, Procurement, and Market Research. End of the day we want to produce individuals who can think practically and execute precisely.
Raffles is currently enrolling students for the July 2018 Intake and is looking forward to working with the next generation of creative businessmen.
Samal Bandara, our Lecturer for Digital Media Design Programme in Raffles Colombo speaking about how we prepare our students ready to enter digital media industry.
“High School Junkies”- a team which consists of young and skillful artists from Negombo brought glory to Sri Lanka, recently. Their action/adventure short film, “Eidetic” was able to grab the attention of the international arena during its runtime of 16 minutes. The film was screened at the San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film festival which is a platform for aspiring filmmakers to showcase their talent. “Eidetic” was the first ever Sri Lankan short film to be screened at the San Diego Comic-Con, the largest pop culture convention in the world and it’s a milestone in the Sri Lanka cinema industry.
“Eidetic” worked its way up amongst 350 films in the selective round and ended up being one of the three Asian movies which were screened at San Diego Comic-Con. The most intriguing fact about Eidetic is that its main character, portrayed by Akash Sunethkumara is the director of the movie as well. Akash has majored in Interactive Media and obtained a Masters of Art in Film and is currently employed at Raffles Institute, as a visiting lecturer in Visual Communication and Digital Media Design.
According to Akash, “Eidetic” was conceived via an online article he read based on eidetic memory. The production of the movie began in 2016 as an experimental project for his Masters thesis involving the help of his friends from school. Within the five months of production period, it was submitted to many film festivals, although they didn’t have high expectations about the reception. Nonetheless, their first achievement was winning the first prize under the category of Action and Adventure at the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival. Then they heard the news that “Eidetic” has been chosen to represent Sri Lanka at the San Diego Comic-Con Festival where was screened on the 21st of July 2017, at the Grand Marriot Ballroom in Hollywood.
That night, one of the judges in the panel, Tamiko Brownlee -a stuntwoman for major Hollywood productions (Avengers Infinity War, Arrow, True Blood etc..)- rated the movie with five stars and all the judges were simply astonished when they heard that the production cost of Eidetic was only $300. They highly appreciated Eidetic for being astounding despite its low budget and having a captivating story compared to other gigantic productions – which proves the fact that talented and creative artists in our small island are capable of achieving goals with flying colors under any circumstances. “Eidetic” will also be representing Sri Lanka at the Oscar-qualifying film fest, “Raindance” in the U.K, in September.
The plot of Eidetic revolves around a girl with total recall of her sensory memory who is blackmailed into locating another Eidetic in order to save her terminally ill mother until she discovers that the man she hunts has a far deeper connection to her.
The director- Akash, who is is thrilled with the continuous victories states, “Raffles has been continuously supportive of my creative career ever since I joined in April and has provided me with the flexibility to work on my films and impart knowledge to students when I am back in the academic field. Raffles entertains individuals who are working in their respective industries to conduct lectures as this means they are constantly up-to-date and involved in the know-how of the field they work in”. He fondly reminds the assistance of his senior lecturer and colleague, Mr. Nicola Govoni who will be joining him and team High School Junkies as a production designer in upcoming films.
Apart from his productions, Akash is determined on starting film-making courses within “Raffles”. This will be a golden gate for our novice artists who are eager to enter the film making industry with sophisticated facilities and knowledge residing within “Raffles”.
-Kasun Sankalpa.- for Sunday Times
The Fashion Design Program Coordinator at Raffles Design Institute and independent designer is loving her journey of femininity and the fact that she gets to determine her own life. Here’s why it’s important for everyone to get that freedom.
by Sakina Esufally
I’m doubled over with laughter as I listen to Dinesh’s wise-cracks on everything from the Kardashians (“Where do they find these whack-job men?!”) to end-of-the-week exhaustion (“People are out and about…and I’m just tired!”). Relaxed and forthright, her hair in a trademark topknot, Dinesh says in her wry tone, “My sister says I look like an angry ballet teacher in this hairstyle…oh, well!”
It’s a rare thing to find someone who’s willing to laugh at herself with no restriction. “At certain points in life, you have to decide whether you’re going to laugh or cry. I always laugh,” she says, with an undertone of sass, breaking out into a huge smile.
It’s equally rare to find such an esteemed personality not look at herself as cut above the rest. Dinesh has that rarest of gifts—the ability to connect with people, regardless of age or experience. She’s direct and unflinchingly honest, not afraid to say you’re wrong, while simultaneously indicating she’s on your side. From our first meeting early last year, I’ve recalled her poise and prose (clipped, effective and deliberate) with envy. I was undoubtedly thrilled, then, to have the chance to speak to her about something that’s seated at the core of, both, her and Cosmo: Owning your femininity.
“To me, femininity is not based on appendages or body types. Instead, I equate femininity with resilient strength. And, contrary to the mainstream, slightly misogynistic view, getting in touch with your femininity doesn’t mean being emotional and weak, or that you’re going to break down every second (what utter nonsense!)—I think tapping into that core of emotions keeps you strong and grounded.”
The term ‘femininity’ i.e. the quality of being female doesn’t only lie in whether women (those that are born as such and those that are transitioning) choose to wear a dress or put on lipstick; inherently, it’s something more innate. Though, physical appearance does play a big role.
Dinesh hasn’t had any plastic surgery (and, as of the day of our interview, nor does she intend to), but she has embarked on hormone therapy that, in her own words, has “softened” her out. Then with her infectious, from-the-belly laugh, she says, “And by that, I mean I get more fat on certain areas of my body than I’ve been used to, like on the hips. But, it’s all positive change. I love every bit of it.”
The transition has also been very gradual. “I wasn’t a jock, who showed up one day with Double-Ds,” she says, eyes sparkling. “There are actually photographs from when I was very little (I must have been about 3 or 4) with me in a dress, thrilled to pieces. Biologically, I wasn’t born with an Adam’s apple, and I’ve always had fuller lips and doe eyes; I’ve always been feminine featured. My mum used to jokingly say, ‘God never intended you to be a boy.’”
“In that sense, I was very blessed,” she says, quietly. “My mum and granny were very educated and they allowed me to progress on my path to femininity with a lot of support. In our world, I understand how huge and rare that is. I do not, under any circumstance, take it for granted that I’ve been privileged enough to not face traumas as I started on this transformation.”
For Dinesh, owning her femininity was a journey she always knew she wanted to take. “Without this journey, I would have felt incomplete,” she states. “I would have felt like I was acting—like I was an alien in another body. When you can’t be your true self, it’s like there’s a being inside you, trying to tear out of a shell. It’s not a hard sentiment to understand: for example, if your life-long dream is to be a farmer, but you’re working as a doctor, you’d feel much the same way. It doesn’t feel right; and it feels like you’re losing out on all you could be. That’s why I think being self-actualized is so important—living your most authentic life, makes you feel secure and confident with who you are, because you’re not pretending to live a life you love. You’re actually living it.”
Does embarking on a journey of femininity require an identity change, I ask. Like, does she ever feel the need to change her name to reflect her feminine self? Some people might think so, she confirms, but not her. “I don’t feel a compelling reason to change my name, because who I am hasn’t fundamentally changed. I’ve always been me. This journey is not about changing that; it’s so that my outside can match the inside I’ve always felt.”
“Besides, I love my name. My parents gave it to me. It’s my identity and it’s all I’ve known. I’m developing my existing self; not creating her anew.” She continues, with a sprinkling of dry candour, “Also, if someone called me by another name, I’d be like, Who are you talking to?! It would be a very confusing situation, and it’s not a complication I need! The older I get, the more I try to simplify life. I’m about peeling away layers, not adding them on.”
Dinesh mentions the criticism she’s faced in passing, not because she’s skimming over the topic, but because it really doesn’t have much bearing on her. She’s over it. “I’ve definitely received comments. As a result, over the course of my journey, I’ve become much more understanding of, and kinder to, others, because whether you realize it or not, people are battling their own demons. I’ve also grown a thicker skin…”
“But, I mean,” and here she rolls her eyes. “If anything about my life bothers you, look away. Simple! Just avert your eyes from the ‘horror.’” (Another high five, sister!)
The day before, Dinesh had sauntered into her Cosmo shoot, which, unbeknownst to us, was her first in sari. She looked beautiful yes, but as much because the sari looked like it had been created for her, as because she radiated self-worth and positivity. “I was a sari virgin!” she exclaims. Then, “I honestly think I’m beautiful.” It’s not aggressive or conceited; Dinesh tells most people upfront that they’re gorgeous, so why should she not hold the same standards for herself?
“It’s important for me to disprove the theory that embarking on your journey to femininity is seedy,” she expresses. “You can be successful, respectable and demure, and still want to embark on it. It doesn’t make you any less of a person. Hopefully, I’ve had that impact and I’ve been able to help people recognize the importance of being authentic.”
“It’s important to know what’s good for you,” she says leaning back. “You need to trust your inner self. Women have the power to do whatever they want; it’s my hope that they always do.”
This article was copied and originally published as ‘What Does It Mean To Feel Like A Woman?’ in the August 2017 Confidence issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka.