The 18th Cycle of the Staff Development Programme, conducted by the Staff Development Centre, University of Kelaniya commenced on 3rd of February 2017 with a welcome address by the Director of the SDC. The first lecture on the topic ‘Introduction to the University system’ was delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya. Since inception in 1998, the SDC has successfully completed 17 Cycles of its flagship programme, the Staff Development Programme, compulsory for all probationary lecturers in HEIs. Academic staff members from the universities of Kelaniya, Colombo, Vocational Technology and Bhiksu University are enrolled in the current programme. The SDC of the University of Kelaniya conducts the first and only ISO 9001-2015 internationally certified Staff Development Programme in universities and HEIs in Sri Lanka.