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EU funds higher education capacity building in Sri Lanka and the Maldives

ECONOMYNEXT – The delegation of the European Union said it is funding fifteen agencies in Sri Lanka and two in the Maldives to build higher education capacity.

The EU is collaborating with Sri Lanka’s University of Peradeniya in the Capacity Building for Higher Education (CBHE) projects.

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

Nine capacity-building will be funded in 2020 through the EUs Erasmus+ programme.

Erasmus + offers funding opportunities which allows university staff, including academic and administrative staff, to benefit from CBHE projects, the EU delegation in Colombo said.

Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya said from 2015 until now, the university 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.

The University has been involved in Capacity Building and International Credit Mobility (ICM) Programmes with European Universities under both Erasmus Mundus and ERASMUS+ initiative.

It is taking the lead in a collaborating with other Sri Lankan Universities.

Fifteen agencies are participating in the EU-funded CBHE projects.

They are the University of Moratuwa, University of Ruhuna, Eastern University of Sri Lanka, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, University of Sabaragamuwa, Uva Wellasaa University, University of Colombo, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology.

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Also participating re Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association, and the SLT campus.

Two institutions from the Maldives Dhivehiraajeyge Qaumee Univesrity and Villa College are also benefitting from the CBHE Erasmus+ funding. (Colombo/Sept14/2020)