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EU funds nine higher education capacity-building projects in Sri Lanka

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in collaboration with the University of Peradeniya, announced the funding of nine EU-funded ‘Capacity-Building for Higher Education’ (CBHE) projects for this year, last Thursday, the EU stated in a press release.

The announcement took place at the University of Peradeniya, together with 15 other participant institutions. The EU in Sri Lanka is funding nine capacity-building projects in 2020 through the ‘Erasmus+’ Programme, which aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, the statement read.

Frank Hess, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation, welcomed the occasion and congratulated all Sri Lankan partners. He also acknowledged the coordinating role played by the University of Peradeniya, the press release added.

Hess said, “Education, research, and development are key EU priorities for its external relations with partner countries such as Sri Lanka, and higher education institutions play a key role in advancing societies.”

He also explained that ‘Erasmus +’ offers a broad range of funding opportunities which allows university staff, including academic and administrative staff, to benefit from CBHE projects, the EU stated.

Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya, said that the University has thoroughly focused on initiating both Capacity-Building and International Credit Mobility (ICM) programmes with European Universities under both, the ‘Erasmus Mundus’ and ‘Erasmus+’ programmes, the statement added.

He also added that from 2015 until now, the University of Peradeniya has been a recipient of most of these awards in Sri Lanka, as a partner in many applications that were successful in winning the grants. He also mentioned that as the #1-ranked university in Sri Lanka, the University of Peradeniya has taken the leading role in a collaborative effort with other Sri Lankan Universities, as well in this venture, the press release said.

Fifteen universities are participating in the EU-funded CBHE projects. They are the University of Moratuwa, University of Ruhuna, Eastern University of Sri Lanka, the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, University of Sabaragamuwa, the Uva Wellasaa University, University of Colombo, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association, and the SLT campus, the EU stated.

Two institutions from the Maldives, the Dhivehiraajeyge Qaumee University and Villa College, are also benefitting from the CBHE Erasmus+ funding, the statement read.

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