Enhancing partnerships with Texas, USA and USJ, Sri Lanka

Through long-term understanding and recognition between Texas and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), Honourable County Judge Mr. K.P. George visited USJ on 13th November. With the graceful presence of Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunga, the Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka the event was enlightened.

The Vice-Chancellor of USJ, Senior Professor M. M. Pathmalal extended his warm welcome to the chief guest Mr. K.P. George highlighting the recognition between Texas and USJ. The event was enlightened by the presence of the deans of the faculties, senior academic staff members and students. This chief guest focused on having an interactive session with the academic staff and the students at the university.

Building strong partnerships between institutions across different regions can lead to valuable exchanges of knowledge, culture, and expertise. To further enhance and solidify these partnerships,

Identifying Common Areas of Interest

   – Encourage discussions on shared areas of interest or expertise between Texas and USJ. This could include academic disciplines, research areas, or industry sectors where both regions excel.

Facilitate Research Collaborations

   – Promote joint research projects and collaborations between faculty members and researchers from Texas and USJ. This can lead to the generation of new knowledge and innovative solutions.

International Conferences and Workshops

   – Organize international conferences or workshops that bring together scholars, researchers, and professionals from Texas and Sri Lanka. This can provide a platform for sharing ideas, discussing shared challenges, and fostering networking opportunities.

Technology Transfer and Innovation

   – Explore opportunities for technology transfer and collaborative innovation projects. This could involve sharing technological advancements, best practices, and promoting entrepreneurship.

Interaction Forums

   – Establish forums for interaction between academic staff, students, and administrators from both regions. This can be in the form of seminars, webinars, or online discussion platforms.

Sustain Long-Term Commitment

    – Foster a commitment to the long-term success of the partnership. This may involve establishing a steering committee or a dedicated office to oversee the collaboration and ensure its sustainability.

By implementing these strategies, the partnership between Texas and USJ can evolve into a mutually beneficial relationship that not only enhances academic excellence but also contributes to the broader cultural and economic development of both regions.

The deans of the faculties, senior academic staff members and students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura participated in this fruitful discussion. The research team from the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovation in Biotechnology & Neuroscience (ICIBN), University of Sri Jayewardenepura also presented the research collaborative activities between the University of Houston (UoH), Texas and USJ.

The event was organized by the international Affairs Division of the university of Sri Jayewardenepura and was conducted by the Director of the International Affairs Division, Dr. Ruwini Dharmawardene.