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Prof. Sampath Amaratunge was reappointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura by His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena on 10th November at the Presidential Secretariat. Prof. Sampath Amaratunge will assume duties as the Vice-Chancellor on 16th November 2017 at Vice Chancellor’s office of the University.
Prof. Sampath Amaratunge was first appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura on 17th November 2014. He obtained his B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Colombo.
With a M.Sc. in Economics of Rural Development from the Saga National University and a Ph.D. from Kogoshima National University in Japan, Prof. Amaratunge counts over 25 years of service as an academic at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He has published more than 50 articles in international and national refereed journals and proceedings.
Prof. Amaratunge was also a recipient of the prestigious Research Excellence Award in 2002, awarded by the Kyushu Society of Rural Economics, Japan, which is in addition to several other local and international awards. He is considered as an expert in the field of Economics with special reference to Rural Development.
In his previous service period during 2014 – 2017, two new faculties, Faculty of Technology and The Faculty of Engineering were established. Also, new faculty building for medical faculty and new faculty complex for the Faculty of Applied Sciences were built. University Infrastructure Facilities, Student Hostel Facilities and Sports Facilities were also increased in the University.