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Signing of International Cooperation Agreement and Joint PhD Program Agreement between Queensland University of Technology, (QUT) Australia and University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP) for,
- Double Split /PhD Degree
- Short term exchange/training programs for students and staff
Delegates from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia (ranked 2nd best in the Australia according to (Times Higher Education 150 under 50) visited University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. International Cooperation Agreement (ICA) and Joint PhD Program was entered between Queensland University of Technology, (QUT) Australia and University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP) on 7th of February, 2017, initiating multidisciplinary innovative research collaborations in postgraduate levels between Sri Lanka and Australia for;
· Development of joint venture projects
· Organisation of joint academic and scientific activities,
· Staff and student exchange for professional development.
· Exchange of materials and publications of common interest.
The Agreements was signed by Prof. Scott Sheppard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) QUT and Prof. Sampath Amaratunge, the Vice Chancellor of USJP; whilst, Dr. Helen Klaebe, Dean of Research and Research Training, Division of Research and Commercialization, QUT, Prof. Ranil de Silva, Director, World Class University Project-2017, USJP and His Excellency, Bryce Hutchesson, the High Commissioner of Australia to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to Maldives signed as the witnesses.
This initiative is the result of the long lasting academic collaborations of Prof. Ranil de Silva with Dr. Lyn Griffiths, Executive Director, Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation, QUT which has paved the way towards the advancement in multidisciplinary including Science and Technology.
The event was a stepping stone to link industry and academia promoting multidisciplinary and innovative research and Private Public Partnerships. The signing of the International Cooperation Agreement was followed by the signing of the Joint Ph.D. Agreement allowing Ph.D. opportunities for applicants at QUT with partial scholarships giving access to the modern laboratories of the QUT including the award-winning Science and Engineering Center which is acknowledged as the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces (The Cube).
The delegates from the Queensland University of technology included:
- Professor Helen Klaebe, Dean of Research and Research Training, Division of Research and Commercialization
- Ms. Susan Gasson, Manager, Research and Research Training – Director’s office
- Mr. Colin Melvin, Director, Office Commercial Services
- Professor Clevo Wilson, Professor, Economics and Finance
- Dr. Aspro Jim Hogan, Associate Professor, Data Science
- Professor Neil King, Research Director, Faculty of Health
- Ms. Kitiwan Buabarn, International Promotions Coordinator South & South East Asia, Middle East and the Pacific QUT International.