Senior Prof. Sudantha Liyanage an evolutionary thinker, a dynamic personality and one of the most experienced and estute administrator in the University system was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewrdenepura by His Excellency the President and assumed duties as the Vice-Chancellor on the 09th of September 2020.
Prof. Liyanage obtained his PhD from the Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom, He has obtained several Post-Doctoral qualifications from the Cardiff University of Wales, University of Adelaide, Australia and Ibaraki University, Japan. Prof. Liyanage being an Alumnus of the University Sri Jayewardenepura, graduating in 1991 has worked tirelessly for the development of the standards of the University.
With his appointment as the 26th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sr. Prof. Liyanage becomes the first alumnus Vice-Chancellor appointed from the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Prof. Liyanage has expertise in a diverse number of fields including: Chemistry; Chemical industries, Education, Higher Education, electoral strategies and policies.
Thereby, his commitment to the development of the country goes beyond his services to the University and education. He is a key member of the Presidential Task Force since December 2019 and has provided significant input to develop the electoral system of the country in 2009.
He has also been recently appointed on a national level to aid in the development of Chemical industries in Sri Lanka. His experience in the scope of education which spans over 30 years has resulted in him being appointed as the Chairman of the Education board of the National Institute of Education.
He also maintains a cordial relationship with the Non-state Institutes of Higher Education in Sri Lanka. In 2020 he was appointed as a chairperson for online based assesments by the Non State Institutions of Higher Education (NSIHE).
Prof. Liyanage, has over 50 research papers and articles to his name published in high-ranking national and international journals with an H-index of 6. He has authored several, books monographs and essays. His views on nationally important matters have been featured in over 50 newspaper articles.
As a person that has a high media profile Prof. Liyanage remains a key influencer in Sri Lanka ever committed to the task of building and developing our mother nation. He continues to be a key personality featured in various media, often teaching and at times sharing his vast knowledge in various interest areas that are nationally relevant.
Prior to his appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Prof. Liyanage was the Dean of the Faculty of Technology and the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences prior to that. Prof. Liyanage can be considered as one of the most dynamic leaders of University education serving in the role of the Dean for over ten Years.
During his time as the Dean, Faculty of Technology, he was instrumental in expediting the construction of the Faculty complex of the Faculty of Technology. And increasing the number of staff within the Faculty. His vision nensured that over 95% of the staff of the Faculty of Technology be PhD holders.
As the Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, he was one of the most dynamic leaders elevating the standards of the education of the Faculty of Applied Science to a higher status. He took initiative to establish the new eight storied building of the Faculty of Applied Sciences with an investment of Rs. 500 Million . The Faculty gained a completely new face-lift when the adminstartive mechanism of the Faculty was improved with the latest facilities.
Futhermore, he took key interest in establishing a 750 seat auditorium for the Faculty of Applied Sciences which is now considered as one of the best auditoriums within the University only second to the New auditorium established within the Faculty complex of the Faculty of Technology. He was a driving force in its development as well.
Being an avid researcher Prof. Liyanage had a keen interst of developing the research of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. During his tenure as the Dean, he took measures to develop research in the Faculty, as a result, the Research output increased by 300%
The new Instrument Facility which was a brain-child of Prof. Liyanage is one of the best in the country. Fully equipped with cutting-edge equipment, the facility has attracted the interest of foreign Universities.
He took measures to introduce a number of new departments to the Faculty of Applied Sciences, such as the Department of Computer Science, Department of Statistics, Department of Sports Science and the Department of Polymer Science. He was also responsible for the commencing of two new four-year degree programs: BSc in Sports Science and Management and BSc (Honours) in Applied Sciences
Prof. Liyanage, is a person of great vision and efficiency. He was appointed as the ActingVice-Chancellor at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura at a crucial time in January 2020. He has since faced many issues with grace and provided feasible solutions.
He was an admirable leader in taking charge of the University Activities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he did not let work of the university be crippled and he charged through with the intention of developing the University and aiding the nation.
Senior Professor Sudantha Liyanage with his appointment as the Vice-Chancellor has many projects in the pipeline such as the establishment of an auditorium with 2500 seating capacity and a state-of-the art gymnasium. Having the students best interests at heart Professor Liyanage has taken initiative to establish 2 hostels through a bank loan.
Out of the many projects that the University will relize in the coming years the establishment of the faculty complex of the Faculty of Engineering will be a much awaited milestone. Prof. Liyanage has taken measures to expedite the process.
Professor Liyanage he will no doubt lead the university towards a new era of development and help the university become a pinnacle of success both nationally and internationally.