Jayewardenepura University’s FHSS forges global alliances | Sunday Observer
Fostering education and cultural exchange

Jayewardenepura University’s FHSS forges global alliances

3 September, 2023
FHSS Dean Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda addressing the Chinese students who are pursuing Master  of Economics at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
FHSS Dean Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda addressing the Chinese students who are pursuing Master of Economics at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura is taking a bold step towards internationalisation by establishing collaborative partnerships with esteemed institutions worldwide.

The partnerships are set to enhance educational offerings, provide students with invaluable cross-cultural experiences, and offer a broader perspective on various fields of study. The FHSS has received a book donation from the Chinese Language and Cultural Centre, further enriching the academic resources of the university’s main library.

The FHSS is leveraging the power of international alliances to elevate its educational and research pursuits, aligning them with the nation’s academic aspirations. These collaborations encompass a wide array of nations, featuring prominent partnerships with China: The Tomorrow Technology Education Training Centre; Japan: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Canada: Mount Royal University; USA: University of Massachusetts; Thailand: University of Canberra; France: Embassy of France in Sri Lanka; UK: University of Bolton, York University, Central Lancashire University; UAE: University of Northwood; Russia: Ural State University of Economics; Germany: DAAD German Academic Service; India: University of Mumbai, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University; Austria: University of Viana; Norway: Agder University; Malaysia: Klang and Coast Association; Spain: United Nations World Tourism Organisation; Australia: Monash University; and Netherlands: University of Utrecht.

FHSS Dean Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda emphasized the institution’s commitment to nurturing graduates who are not only globally responsible, but also socially responsive. The curricula undergo continuous refinement to ensure that students are equipped with extensive knowledge and skills relevant to their fields of study.

A significant highlight is the recent enrollment of Chinese students pursuing a Master of Economics, contributing to the strengthening of global academic ties. The FHSS’s commitment to practical experiences is evident through its industry interaction program for Russian-language undergraduates. The FHSS is collaborating closely with JAICA to enhance the Japanese language skills of undergraduates.

The FHSS is introducing new degree programs in foreign languages, including Chinese, Japanese and French. The programs are designed to provide students with linguistic skills that open doors to international opportunities.

Recognising the need for quality language training, the Centre for Digital Education and Professional Development at the FHSS is gearing up to offer comprehensive language proficiency courses tailored for examinations such as IELTS, TOEFL, JLPT, and TOPIK.