Sustainability Award from Germany for Prof. Neelakshi C. Premawardhena

Sustainability Award from Germany for Prof. Neelakshi C. Premawardhena

The Interdisciplinary Alumni Academy of University of Siegen, Germany, on Paths towards Sustainability conducted from 4th to 12th September 2015 concluded with the International Conference on Sustainability held on 11th September 2015. 

The three most promising projects and best presentations were selected for the Sustainability Award 2015 and awards were presented by Johannes Remmel, the Hon. Minister for Environment and Climate Protection, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.  The project and presentation by Prof. Neelakshi C. Premawardhena of the Department of Modern Languages made at the International Conference on Sustainability was among the best three projects that were selected for the award. She was awarded the third prize with an incentive to start the project on sociocultural sustainability titled“Empowering women for sustainability: Armutsbekämpfung der unterprivilegierten Frauen in Sri Lanka” (‘Empowering women for sustainability: poverty alleviation of underprivileged women in Sri Lanka). This is a project that Prof. Premawardhena initiated with students in the optional course unit that she teaches, ‘Introduction to Technical Writing & Research Methodology’, offered by the Department of Modern Languages.

The first and second places went to participants from Philippines and Albania for projects on sea erosion prevention and building material made of sea grass respectively. 

University of Siegen, Germany, in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD). called for applications from alumni across the world for training in Paths towards Sustainability for three consecutive years since 2013. The candidates were selected on a competitive basis and Prof. Premawardhena secured the scholarship awards during all three years.  The first Interdisciplinary Alumni School on Sustainability was held in June 2013. The Alumni Academy on Paths towards Sustainability was held in September 2014 and 2015 respectively in partnership with Alanus University of Arts and Sciences, Alfter, Germany on conceptualizing and initiating own projects according to sustainable development principles. The Alumni Academy in September 2015 focused on Project Management for sustainable development.

The Sustainability Award won by Prof. Premawardhena brought a lot of recognition to the University of Kelaniya and Sri Lanka.  

More news on the Sustainability Awards appear on the website of Alumni University of Siegen.


22 January 2015



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