The Faculty of Engineering, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, organized an event called “Mezclar 2023” on 30th March at the Grand Ballroom, Marino Beach, Colombo. The event aimed to bridge the gap between industry and academia and foster collaboration between the two sectors.
Dr. Thilaksiri Bandara, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, welcomed the guests, and the guest of honour, Prof. Upul Subasinghe, the Vice Chancellor, addressed the gathering. The chief guest, Minister of Industries, Hon. Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, also delivered a speech, highlighting the importance of policies that foster sustainable economic growth with industry and academia.
Throughout the day, industry leaders and academic experts shared their experiences and insights, forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones between academia and industry. The event featured sessions themed on the key areas of collaboration, where industry leaders along with academic experts presented at each session. The main industry partner for the event was Hayleys Energy Services Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
The event also showcased the impressive and skilled students of the Faculty of Engineering, who gave outstanding performances. The event was well attended, well received, and considered a success by all involved.
The Faculty had identified key areas where industry and academia have the potential to collaborate. Owing to the name ‘Mezclar,’ the Faculty has already established collaborations that will lead to many future projects. Mezclar has paved the way for the Faculty to continue bridging the gap between industry and academia, fostering collaboration, and achieving sustainable economic growth.