Guest Visits to UoM

 

  • ADB-Sejong University on a fact finding mission to UOM 

Gi Soon Song, Senior Social Development Specialist attached to the Human and Social Development Division of the South Asia Development of the Asian Development Bank and Professor Hee Seung Yang of the Graduate School of Business, Sejong University, Korea were on a mission to the University of Moratuwa on 8th of November 2012. During their meeting with a team of senior academics of the university led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Rahula Attalage, they expressed their keenness in areas of entrepreneurial development through promotion of innovative research and development particularly among the engineering students, and on the contribution made to country’s development.

  • Hong Kong University keen on improving relations with UOM

Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong Professor John A Spinks paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa on 6th November 2012. Professor Spinks visit focused mainly on enhancing relations with the University of Moratuwa in the field of engineering due to progress made by the University of Moratuwa from quality assurance accreditation aspects. “ Both the University of Hong Kong and the University of Moratuwa are similar from quality assurance perspective and  moving successfully in the University Grants Commission Quality assurance framework  completing the three cycles namely the check list, work programmes and enhancement process,’ Professor Spinks said.  

Praising the current rate of engineering student rate of employment of the University of Moratuwa which stands at 97 percent compared to 99.7 percent of the University of Hong Kong that world’s leading universities like Oxford and Cambridge have not been able to achieve.

  • Delegation from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

A team of distinguished delegates from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) comprised of Mr. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Dean/International Relations, Prof. Mohan Krishnamoorthy, CEO, IITB-Monash Research Academic and Dr. Jayantha Rajapakse, Course Director/MBIS Programme visited University of Moratuwa in view of exploring the possibilities of establishing academic and research collaboration between the two institutes.

  • Delegation from Poznan University of Technology, Poland

A team of distinguished delegates from Poznan University of Technology, Poland comprised of Prof. Tomasz Lodygowski, Prof. Jerzy Rakowski,  Director, Structural Institute of Engineering and Dr. Maciej Klosak, Vice-President, City Council of Ostrow Wielkopolski visited University of Moratuwa in view of exploring the possibilities of establishing academic and research collaboration between the two institutes.

  • Dr. Abdul Kalam, former president of India visits University of Moratuwa

  • Panama’s Ambassador commends UOM’s standards

His Excellency Aram B Cisneros, the newly appointed Ambassador of Panama in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who called on the Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor AR Attalage at the University of Moratuwa on August 23rd 2012, said, “the University of Moratuwa (UOM) is within the first-four educational institutions  that have earned a reputation and recognition for producing professional seafarers with all necessary training, skills including proficiency in English, and thus the improving  relations between Panama and UOM is a win-win situation for both parties”.

He commended the performances and achievements of the University of Moratuwa and said he would also look into future possibilities of sending experts from his country to the University of Moratuwa in view of according accreditation to the courses conducted by the respective departments of the University of Moratuwa and the Institute of Technology (ITUM).    
Speaking further he said that he would personally request the Korean shipping companies and his country’s vessels to employ Sri Lankans and also request them to issue CDs and Assessments to Sri Lankans. He requested to the University’s academic staff to present a proposed salary scheme based on industry standards for academically qualified Sri Lankans in the marine and nautical field so as for him to present to the shipping companies.     
Ambassador Cisneros expressed his interest in improving relations with both countries in the area of maritime and nautical as there are lots of potentials for both countries besides exploring possibilities of penetrating other areas such as transport & logistics, exports which have potential despite Panama being a long haul destination.  
Presently operating his mission in Korea, His Excellency Cisneros said, he would convince his government to open an office in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as these two countries are strategically important to Panamanian shipping and maritime activities. He sees lot of potentials for Sri Lankan seafarers in both Korean shipping companies and Panamanian vessels. 
The Panamanian ambassador was hopeful of opening an office in October to officially commence bilateral relations between Panama and Sri Lanka. 
Present at the meeting were Director/ITUM Dr PAT Gunasekara, Dr. TA Piyasiri, Dr. PABAR Perera, Dr. VPC Dassanayake, Mr. KM Ranasiri, Dr. WK Wimalsiriand Deputy Registrar MsVisaka Kulasekara of the UOM and ITUM. Sri Lankan Consular General for Panama  Mr Susantha Jayasena was also present at the meeting. 

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