The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Ottawa together with Vice Provost and Associate Vice President (International) of the University of Calgary Prof. Janaka Ruwanpura, and the University Grant Commission of Sri Lanka organized three virtual meetings to explore cooperation with Canadian Universities and academics.

The first meeting was to link U15 Universities with seventeen Sri Lankan State Universities.  The U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities is a collective of some of Canada’s most research-intensive universities, fostering the development and delivery of long-term, sustainable higher education and research policy in Canada and around the world.

The second meeting was with MITACS, which powers research and development creation by connecting private sector with the best post-secondary institutions to solve organizational challenges.  The discussion focused on exploring the possibility of including Sri Lankan academics in its collaborative projects and the Globalink Research Award (GRA) Programme.

The third meeting was with Canadian Sri Lankan academics on building networks and partnerships to identify and address immediate mid-term and long-term needs of Sri Lankan universities.

The meetings were attended by ViceProvosts and Directors of International Relations of the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, British Columbia, Dalhousie, Manitoba, McGill, McMaster, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Waterloo, and Western in Canada and Chairman of University Grant Commission and Vice Chancellors of all State Universities of Sri Lanka and Heads of Sri Lankan Missions in Italy and Los Angeles.