2nd International Conference on Christian Studies (ICCS) – 2017

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The 2nd International Conference on Christian Studies (ICCS) – 2017 which was collaboratively organized by the Department of Western Classical Culture & Christian Culture of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya and National Christian Council (NCCSL), Sri Lanka was successfully held on the 15th of September 2017 at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The conference was organized to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation (1517) and its main theme was “The Impact of Lutheran Reformation on the Church and Society”.

The chief guest of the event was the Prof. Bimali Jayawardena, Acting Vice Chancellor and the Dean of the Faculty of Science of the University of Kelaniya. The keynote speech on the topic of “The Socio Political Background of the Reformation and its Relevance for Today” was delivered by Rev. Dr. Einar Tjelle, the Assistant General Secretary, Council of International Relations, Church of Norway.

Cadre Chair & Senior Prof. N.P. Sunil Chandra, the Chairperson of the Research Council of the University, Prof. Patrick Ratnayake, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Senior Lecturer (Ms.) Esha Gamlath, the Head of the Department of Western Classical Culture & Christian Culture, Senior Lecturer (Mr.) P. Wijith Rohan Fernando of the Department of Western Classical Culture & Christian Culture, other academic and non-academic staff members of the Department of Western Classical Culture & Christian Culture, many undergraduates and many academics graced the event.

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Dr. Ravindra Dissanayake has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Think-Tank of Brand-Sri Lanka” Project

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Dr. Ravindra Dissanayake, Senior Lecturer, Department of Marketing Management, the Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies of the University of Kelaniya, has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Think-Tank of “Brand-Sri Lanka” project.

The National Budget of 2017 has proposed that the government undertake a Global Marketing Campaign to Boost the Exports, Tourism and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The Department of National Planning of the Ministry of National Policies & Economic Affairs, requested the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) to coordinate with relevant stakeholder institutions to formulate a strategic global marketing campaign to boost Sri Lanka’s Brand image. This exercise included the main pillars of export, tourism and foreign investments. The stakeholder committee, which consists of different institutions and professional bodies, proposed Dr. Ravindra Dissanayake as the Chairman to its strategic committee to head the Think-Tank of strategizing “Brand Sri Lanka” project. The appointment was done by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board as the coordinating body of the project.

Dr. Ravindra Dissanayake obtained his Bachelor of Business Management in Marketing (Special) from the University of Kelaniya, Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) of University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the European University, Switzerland. He is currently reading for another doctoral program (PhD) at the Taylor’s University in Malaysia. Dr. Ravindra Dissanayake is a brilliant scholar who has done much research in Brand Management, Consumer Behavior, Service Marketing and Business Case Studies. He serves for many reputed corporate sector organizations as a consultant in business development, brand building and strategic planning whilst being a trainer in professional soft skills and executive development programs.

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Indo-Sri Lanka Hindi Conference – 2017

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Indo Sri Lanka Hindi Conference – 2017 collaboratively organized by the Department of Hindi Studies of the University of Kelaniya, the Indian High Commission and the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) to commemorate the Hindi Day which falls on the 14th of September and to enhance the “Hindi E-Learning: Identity and possibilities” was successfully held on the 13th of September 2017 at the auditorium of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The launch of an E- Journal titled “E- Prayas” was initiated by the ICC and the two books named “Pap – Punya Ewan Kusal -Akusal” and “Hatharaman Handiyee Hitagath Minisaa” translated by Senior Prof. Upul Ranjith Hewavithanagamage, the Head of the Department of Hindi Studies were also launched on that day.
This conference was participated by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Prof. Lakshman Senevirathne Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cadre Chair & Senior Prof. N.P. Sunil Chandra, Director of the Research Council, Prof. Patrick Ratnayake, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Senior Prof. Upul Ranjith Hewavithanagamage, the Head of the Department of Hindi Studies, the representatives of the Indian High Commission and Indian Cultural Centre, lecturers of the Department of Hindi Studies, undergraduates of the Department of Hindi Studies, schoolteachers and many schoolchildren who study Hindi language at school.

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Visit from Shinshu University, Japan

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Prof. Kiyoshi Tanaka of the Faculty of Engineering & Director, Global Education Center (International Office) and Dr. (Ms) Mingzhi Chua, Assistant Professor, Global Education Center attached to the Shinshu University of Japan called upon the Vice Chancellor Prof. D.M. Semasinghe on the 13th of September 2017 at the Senate Room of the University of Kelaniya.
The discussions were held on the proposed MoU with Shinshu University, agreements for academic staff & student exchange and collaborative research. Specially, the attention was drawn to engineering studies. The Shinshu University is a comprehensive national university having 8 faculties and 7 graduate schools. The main campus is located in the Nagano Prefecture in Central Japan.
This event was participated by Prof. Lakshman Senevirathne, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Prof. B.M. Jayawardena, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. S.R.D. Kaligamudali, Prof. Neelakshi C. Premawardhena, Director of the Centre for International Affairs, Mr. W.M. Karunaratne, the Registrar and several other lecturers of the Faculty of Science.

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