University of Peradeniya, won the international category of the Partnership Excellence Awards

The University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, won the international category of the Partnership Excellence Award of the Massey University of New Zealand. The award was presented by Professor Jan Thomas, Vice Chancellor, Massey University to Professor Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya on 31st July 2019 in a ceremony held at the Grand Millennium Hotel of Auckland, New Zealand.

Massey’s School of Veterinary Science was successful in an application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade international Development group’s partnerships fund to deliver a world-leading, transformational veterinary education twinning project with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the University of Peradeniya.

Costing around $2.2m project was the first independently funded World Organization for Animal Health veterinary twinning project. It consisted of a world-leading and complex curricula and pedagogy change project, where University of Peradeniya willingly embraced substantial change in not just its veterinary undergraduate curriculum but also how it is taught and how it interacts with industry stakeholders. The new curriculum was approved by the University Grants Commission which is significantly advancing the ambitious aspiration of both the UGC and UoP to become a south Asian regional Centre of Veterinary Education excellence and preparing them to apply for international accreditation.

The partnership has also created a highly productive working relationship between the academic partners with growing Massey PhD enrolments for Sri Lanka in the past three years. Professor Anil Pushpakumara, Head, Department of Farm Animal Production & Health and Dr. Nayana Wijewardhana, Head, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science University of Peradeniya also participated in this occasion.