Student and staff members of Mass Communication of the Department of Mass Communication of the Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences received an Incubator space on Monday, 3rd of October 2022, for developing their professional, communication and journalism skills aiming on undergraduates who are intending to pursue their career in the field of Journalism.
Faculty received this Incubator space as a result of the collaboration with the HELVETAS Interco-operation gGmbH (HELVETAS). FHSS singed the MOU between HELVETAS on last 17th of August 2022. The Incubator Space was created as part of the Incubator Space for Promoting Information Right and Freedom of Expression (InSPIRE) project funded by the European Union and implemented by HELVETAS in partnership with Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) with the goals of promoting and respecting the freedom of expression, by empowering a community of youth. The space is equipped with media equipment, conference facilities, a lounge area, co-working and broadcasting space to enhance the knowledge and technical skills related to media and communications industry.
The occasion was distinguished by Senior Professor Sudantha Liyanage, the Vice Chancellor of University of Sri Jayawardanapura; Professor Shirantha Heenkenda, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Professor. Kusumalatha Lankamulla, Head of Department of Sinhala and Mass Communication; Dr. Senani Harischandra, Coordinator – Mass Communication & Senior Lecturer Department of Sinhala and Mass Communication; Dr. Senesh Dissanaike, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sinhala and Mass Communication; Ms. Imesha Dharmasena, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sinhala and Mass Communication; Prof. G. Weerasinghe, Department of Economics; Ms. Subhashi Dissanayake – Country Director, HELVETAS; Ms. Chandula Kumbukage – Project Manager, HELVETAS; Mr. Mohamad Azad – Programme Director, SDJF; Ms. Ramona Stephen – Project Officer, HELVETAS; Mr. Selvaraj Selvamanikkam – Finance Officer, HELVETAS and Ms. Ayodhya Krishani – Communications Officer, SDJF and Mass Communications undergraduate students.
The event of handing over of Incubator Space was followed by signing of agreement from both the parties of pertaining to usability and maintenance of Incubator Space, handing over of media equipment, presenting of four learning modules developed under the project and an orientation to students on the Incubator Space.