Family Sponsors for Foreign Students – Stage I – 2022
For the students from all over the world who are far away from their families for considerable period of time, Sponsor family programme is made up of local supporters of KDU to provide warmth of a family to students who are away from their families.
“Family Sponsors for foreign students” builds a professional mentoring relationship and provides a Home-away-from-Home for cadets on a permanent basis during their time at the University. We encourage active duty, retired, Academia, civil officials and selected local citizens to become volunteer mentors. Sponsor families provide cadets with positive adult role models that serve as mentors, friends and advisors in an environment that allows some time to relax away from the committed training of the University. This interaction is essential to fostering professional and social development, which is especially important for foreign officer cadets.
For the first time in KDU history, the programme offered sponsor families for 24 Foreign Officer Cadets from Intake 37, 38 and 39 representing Kenya, Senegal, Rwanda, Maldives, Zambia, Uganda, Afghanistan, and Tanzania as Stage – 1 of the programme. Beyond the military and official environment within the KDU, students will be able to develop friendship, support, and affection from a family environment through this programme. The role and efforts played by the sponsors shall be pivotal in terms of determining the psychological and social well-being of students to generate a feeling of ‘Home away from Home’. Further, Sponsors often develop lifelong relationships with their cadets and many cadets come to consider their sponsors as a second family.
This programme offers a unique and rewarding opportunity for both foreign students and their sponsors to interact and gather support from one another. This initiative was pioneered by the Vice Chancellor of KDU Major General MP Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc in view of facilitating to uplift the University standards and reputation among the friendly foreign countries.
The inauguration of this programme was held on the 03rd of August at the auditorium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The occasion was graced by the Vice Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Deputy vice chancellor (Defence and Administration), Deputy vice chancellor (academics) along with Deans, HoDs, 24 Foreign Officer Cadets and other official representatives from the University.