The KOICA OBA 3 volunteer team met the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya

The KOICA OBA 3 volunteer team met Senior Professor Nilanthi De Silva, Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya on the 8th of February 2024 at the Vice Chancellors’ Office in the university. The team included Hyewon Kang (Secretory-General), Sehee Kim (Vice-Secretory), Geonho Kim (Member), Jinwoo Lee (Member), Sieun Yang (Member), and Dr. Sulochani Ramanayake of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Model United Nations, or Model UN or MUN, is an educational model of the United Nations used for simulations in which students learn about diplomacy and international relations. The KOICA volunteer team came to Sri Lanka to initiate this MUN project in Sri Lanka. They have selected the University of Kelaniya to conduct this global educational program. 3TMUN (Talk Talk Talk Model United Nations) is their project name in Sri Lanka, and it aims to improve the global citizenship capacity of all those who participate in this event directly and indirectly. The theme of this conference was “Global Efforts to Regulate Carbon Emission”. Before the final conference debate, they conducted several educational and training programs (an Orientation and a Workshop) at the University of Kelaniya premises. They selected not only the Faculty of Social Sciences but also the Korean Unit of the Department of Modern Languages for the OBA 3 final debate. The final OBA 3 conference was held on the 5th of February at Cinnamon Grand Hotel Colombo.

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Inauguration Ceremony of Higher Diploma in Communication and Public Relations

The inauguration ceremony of the 5th intake of Higher Diploma in Communication and Public Relations was ceremoniously held on the 7th of January 2024 at the Social Sciences Auditorium, University of Kelaniya.

Dr. Ravi Liyanage, Co-Founder, and Chairman/CEO of the Raigam Group was the Chief Guest of the ceremony and delivered the keynote speech.

The event was graced with the honorable participation of Professor M. M. Gunatilake, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Senior Lecturer Wijayananda Rupasinghe, Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Academic Staff of the Department of Mass Communication, and the Students of the diploma..

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Department of Philosophy Celebrates Thai Pongal

The Association of Philosophy under the Department of Philosophy organized a Thai Pongal Day Celebration on 23rd January 2024 at “Mee Amba Sewana” of the University of Kelaniya. The event was organized to raise awareness about the diversity of cultures and to motivate students to discover different cultures and their values.

Professor D. M. Semasinghe, Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Professor M. M. Gunatilake, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Sudath Senarath, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Heads of the Departments, Academic and Non-Academic Staff members of the Department of Philosophy and Students graced the event.

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The Board of Studies, Geography, University of Pune, bestowed a prestigious honor upon Professor Lal Mervin Dharmasiri, recognizing his exceptional contributions to the field.

In a testament to their exemplary contributions to the field of Geography, Professor Lal Mervin Dharmasiri, Senior Professor, Chair and Head of the Department of Geography, and Professor A.G. Amarasinghe, Director of the Research Center for Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, were recently recognized and honored during their participation in various academic programs in India. The eminent professors took part in the 6th World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM), held in Dehradun, India, on November 28, 2023.

The Congress, themed “Strengthening Climate Action & Disaster Resilience,” brought together experts from around the globe to discuss crucial issues related to disaster management and climate change.

Professor Lal Mervin Dharmasiri, a distinguished alumnus of Pune University in India, delivered a keynote speech at the International Conference on Conservation and Management of Natural Resources for Sustainable Development. The conference, hosted by K.B. Patil University College and affiliated with P.A.H. Solapur University, Maharashtra, India, took place on December 3, 2023. His insightful address highlighted the importance of sustainable practices in natural resource management.

Adding another feather to his cap, Professor Dharmasiri was also invited as a guest of honor for the 75th Anniversary celebrations of Savitribai Phule Pune University. The Department of Geography, in collaboration with the National Association of Geographers, India (NAGI), organized an international conference in December 2023 as part of the university’s Diamond Jubilee.

Notably, Professor Dharmasiri’s outstanding achievements were further underscored as he was recognized as one of the best PhD products of Pune University - India. The Board of Studies, Geography, University of Pune, bestowed this prestigious honor upon him, recognizing his exceptional contributions to the field. These accolades not only bring pride to the University of Kelaniya but also highlight the university’s commitment to fostering academic excellence and global collaborations in the field of Geography. The professors’ participation in these international events not only showcases their expertise but also contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the global academic community. 

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A workshop for Piriven Librarians

A workshop organized for Piriven Librarians by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya, and the Division of Piriven Education, Ministry of Education, was held successfully on 21st December 2023 at the Auditorium of the Staff Development Unit, University of Kelaniya.

The objective of the workshop was awareness on “Sharing knowledge about library management and their services among the Piriven Librarians”.

Senior Professor M. K. Weerasinghe, Dr. Priyanwada Wanigasooriya, Dr. Niluka Harshani, Senior Lecturer Ms. Nadeeka Rathnabahu, Lecturer Mr. Shanaka Ransara and Mr. Sarath Nanda Kumara (Director, National Institute of Education) were the resource persons of the workshop.

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