University of Calgary in Canada signs agreement with two Sri Lankan universities to collaborate in several sectors
The University of Calgary in Canada has reportedly signed agreements with two of Sri Lanka’s top universities to collaborate on educational and research activities and exchanges of students, faculty and staff, with the next planned step of exploring a PhD Cotutelle programme (dual degree programme) between University of Calgary and the two local universities.
University of Calgary Vice-Provost (International) Professor Janaka Ruwanpura had visited Sri Lanka to sign an agreement with University of Moratuwa Vice Chancellor Professor K.K.C.K. Perera, as well as an agreement with two representatives of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura – Vice Chancellor Professor Sampath Amarathunga and Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Professor Hemanthi Ranasinghe.
“These agreements show our commitment to a unique collaboration that supports high-achieving students to conduct study and research at both partner universities,” Professor Ruwanpura has been quoted as saying in the local media.
“It also demonstrates the University of Calgary’s long-term commitment to enable our students and scholars to internationalize their experience and strengthen their leadership and cross-cultural skills through diverse programmes, including the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) programme.”
Representatives from Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Higher Education, the University Grants Commission, distinguished Canadian alumni in Sri Lanka had attended the signing ceremony.
At the event, the High Commissioner for Canada in Sri Lanka, David McKinnon has said, “This agreement builds on the deep and longstanding educational links between Canada and Sri Lanka to provide global opportunities for a new generation of innovators.”
The Sri Lankan government has continuously announced its policy of developing the country’s education sector to suit the growing global demands and the higher education sector in the country is a new area of investment that is now taking the forefront in foreign investments as well. Foreign education institutes could look at opportunities to engage in Sri Lanka’s higher education sector.
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