The Oblate Institute of Higher Learning (OIHL) which was established on 21st May 2016 during the Bi-centenary Jubilee Celebration, to find a way to comprehensively address conflict transformation which is a crying need in post-war Sri Lanka, has successfully completed three years of training in Peace and Conflict Studies.
OIHL awards a Diploma in Conflict and Peace Studies, which consist of four certificate courses:
- Conflict Transformation
- Inter-Religious Dialogue and Cultural Integration for National Reconciliation
- Psychological Counselling as a Path for Reconciliation
- Social Engagement for Peace and Reconciliation
During the three Academic Years (2016-2019), 103 students were enrolled and 12 completed the Diploma, 54 students completed different certificate courses and 37 participated as audit students.
The Certificate Awarding Ceremony for the students of the Academic Year 2019 and the Inauguration of the Academic Year 2020 was held on 11 January 2020, at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), Colombo. Fr. Irwin MORAIS, Provincial Superior of the Oblate Province of Colombo cum Chairperson OIHL was the Chief Guest. Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, former United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict was the Guest Speaker.