Trinity Signs Historic Memorandum of Understanding with Sri Lanka's Premier University
Posted on 05 November 2013
Trinity College Dublin signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka’s premier university. The MoU marks the first official agreement between Trinity and Sri Lanka and aims to advance academic exchange between Ireland and Sri Lanka by promoting staff mobility between the two institutions.
At the signing event in Kandy, Trinity’s Vice President for Global Relations, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, said: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to sign this historic MoU with the University of Peradeniya which represents the first formal collaboration for Trinity in the region. Trinity continues to develop links with the world’s leading universities and this partnership signifies the foundation stone upon which both our institutions will build strong relationships in teaching and research for the benefit of students in both countries.”
The MoU is designed to promote international cooperation in education and research and includes activities such as faculty exchange and joint research programmes in various disciplines including social sciences and peace studies. Trinity College Dublin has actively developed relationships with the world’s leading educational institutions as part of its Global Relations Strategy and has signed similar agreements with universities throughout other Asian countries.
The MoU signing formed part of a larger visit by a Trinity delegation to the region. During the course of their visit, the team met with various university staff including Dr Nanda Gunawardhana, Director of the International Research Centre at the University of Peradeniya, who introduced them to the university’s research strengths.
Located just 8km from the Sri Lankan city of Kandy, the University of Peradeniya has recently been ranked No.1 in Sri Lanka in research by the online scientific network, ResearchGate.