Gateway to Introduce Artificial Intelligence curriculum through AIClub – USA Partnership

With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution and a new wave of globalization where technological breakthroughs are defining and disrupting boundaries of economy, state, and the world of work, students need to be adept at a host of new technologies, to stay abreast. As such, Gateway’s model of holistic learning, coupled with integrated and focused STEM education, sets the school apart. STEM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and encompasses a vast array of subjects that fall into each of these fields.

STEM education has been a part of Gateway’s science curriculum for over five years and the school also offers specialized programmes on robotics, encourages design thinking through their Innovation Labs and provides students with facilities such as Maths Labs and ICT Labs to further their mission of providing future ready students. 

As the latest addition into their repertoire, Gateway recently signed up with AIClub, a USA based institution led by Computer Science PhDs from top US universities who have together many decades of industry and research experience in AI and software. Past students of this program have created thousands of AI powered applications and won 43 international competitions since 2019.

Dr.Nisha Talagala, CEO & Founder of AIClub states that Artificial Intelligence is all around us and is expected to be a requirement for many jobs across the globe. This program brings AI to students using a unique learning approach (the 4C's) which combines AI concepts, context of how AIs are used worldwide, the capability and skills to build AIs and creative applications for students to create their own AI projects.

Dr Alles, Chairman of Gateway Group explaining the reason behind this initiative says, ‘Artificial Intelligence is one of the most transformative technologies of our generation. We want our students to differentiate themselves by solving real world problems and applying creative solutions through this programme that would give them a head start to the jobs of the future.’ The curriculum covers AI, Coding and App development as well as integrations with Internet of Things.

Students learn how to build, measure, and improve AIs. They learn Python coding to create apps and apply data science. They also learn how to combine the AI technology with websites and mobile apps to create impactful solutions to a wide range of problems (example: healthcare, environment and product recommendations).

Gateway, being the only Microsoft Showcase School in Sri Lanka that has also been recognized by two of the biggest TELCOs of the country as a Dialog DigiEdu Model School and an SLT EdTech Specialist School, will continue to provide the latest high-quality programmes of learning that are benchmarked against world class internationally recognized qualifications.

Left to right – Thusitha Illukpitiya, Chief Operating Officer, Gateway Group; Surani Maithripala, Team Leader - Change Management, Gateway Colleges; Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman, Gateway Group, Dinusha Wegodapola, Director - Country Operations, AIClub and Nandula Gamage, Head of Marketing, AIClub.

Gateway College introduces Music Technology

The newest addition to the vocational programmes that are already on offer at OL and AL in Sport, Drama and Engineering

For the first time at school level, Gateway College will offer the Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Award in Music for O level students which will cover not only music performance but composition and digital production as well. BTEC qualifications have a practical, real-world approach to learning and focus on what future practitioners of any field of study would need to know when they enter an industry. With this in mind, the BTEC Award in Music, with its strong emphasis on Music Technology, is designed to support learners who wish to explore the music sector through applied learning. 

Students of BTEC Music will study about creating a music product, recording and performing in a very practical and hands-on way. Since the qualification is assignment based and not exam based, assessment itself allows students to put into practice the theoretical aspects of music composition and production.

Gateway students will study four main aspects: Performing; Composing; DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Production; and Planning, developing and promoting a music product in response to a brief.

To enhance the practical nature of this course, Gateway College has made arrangements to establish a state-of-the-art music studio on site where students can do guided work on recording and production even as they explore their own creativity. Because the programme has a strong vocational element, Gateway is also liaising with reputed practitioners in the music industry to give students the much-needed industry exposure.

Vocational courses already on offer

Few years ago, Gateway introduced the Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport as its first vocational course. The immense success with over 60% of students receiving Distinction Star, Distinction and Meri Awards motivated Gateway to introduce the Pearson BTEC International Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sport for AL students from last year.

BTEC Level 2 in Engineering was next to be introduced for those students who aspire towards careers in STEM related fields. So far, students have been performing exceptionally well due to the hands-on experience they receive, both in school, as well as outside.

Gateway College also offers the LAMDA medal Examinations along with International GCSEs and Trinity College London Performing Diplomas along with ALs.